I'm in Alicante, Spain at present (on my European Adventures) staying with some friends (Ted is atrain tragic like me) who I met on a train from Butterworth, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand. I love reading when I travel.
The latest book I read is from (one of my favourite authors) Jamie Bartlett: Radicals: Outsiders Changing the World plus due to the wonderful serendipitious nature of my travels, I got to meet, get my book signed & see Jamie speak when in Brussels!
Radicals Outsiders Changing the World

This is an awesome book on the use of power of disruption and how radical ideas change society - whether we like the ideas or whether we're ready for them.
Everything that we now accept as true was once deemed as an absurd idea from another person who believed in the cause, devoted time, energy, and some their lives, to making these ideas obvious in our society. LGBT, black & womens' rights are great examples.

I love that Jamie takes time to hang out with people from various movements, and gives a non-judgemental account of the positive and negative situations and engagement he encounters.

The groups (each a chapter in the book) include:
  • The Transhumanist Party and the tour to be elected US President
  • Pegida UK (nationalist, anti-Islam movement from Europe) with Tommy Robinson from the English Defence League
  • The Psychedelic Society and their weekend experience on psychedelic  drugs
  • Prevent (the UK anti-terrorism outfit set up to stop radicalisation)
  • Beppe Grillo and the Five Star Movement (a direct-democracy, non-party many Italians voted for)
  • Tamera campus in Portugal - a commune/community where free love is just as important as sustainability and working with nature
  • Direct Action Climate Activists and Nimbyism + shutting down Ffos-y-fran mine in South Wales
  • The Free Republic of Liberland - the newest country in the world based on principles of radical libertarianism

Ideas are important. Whether we agree with them or not, they need to be expressed, listened to & debated - in a non-judgemental, non-threatening way.

I learned a lot from the book, I hope you get the chance to read it too!

Leigh-Chantelle is an International Speaker & Consultant; Author, Singer/Songwriter and Blogger.

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