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Welcome to the Hoxie Collective virtual bookshelf!
What is a virtual bookshelf? It’s a list of books we are reading that we want to share with you. Why are we doing this? We want to share some amazing authors and books that have influenced our thinking or inspired us in some way. Often the books we add will be related to our work, but not always. Sometimes they will just be really good books.
So far we have eleven books in our bookshelf. Check them out below!
We recommend Lakota Star Knowledge: Studies in Lakota Stellar Theology, by Ronald Goodman. Friends at NDN Collective recommended this book to us and we have been inspired by what we’ve read. Goodman provides an understanding of regular celestial events that provide sacred order to the Lakota. The book is the result of years of study and discussion with tribal elders and is an important addition to knowledge of Native American sky-related traditions.Go to link
This important new book about climate change was curated by the NDN Climate Justice Campaign. The book, ‘Required Reading: Climate Justice, Adaptation + Investing in Indigenous Power,’ is a practical guide for seasoned politicians and grassroots advocates alike to establish equitable and meaningful solutions to the climate catastrophe.Go to link
“The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown follows Ros the robot as she awakens in a remote, wild island alone and adapts to her surroundings and her new community. This is a great book for young readers.Go to link
“Mama, Is it Summer Yet” by Nikki McClure is a charming, illustrated book that follows one little boy’s journey through the signs of spring as the seasons change and he asks, “Mama, is it summer yet?” This is a great book for young children.Go to link
Paul Hawken is an author and activist who has consulted on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Through Drawdown, Hawken proposes a credible, solution-by-solution approach of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. The solutions exist, they’re economically viable, and if pursued correctly, show a path forward.Go to link
Through her most recent book, Shiva lays out the scientific, legal, political, and cultural struggle to defend the sovereignty of biodiversity related to intellectual property rights. Dr. Vandana Shiva is a leader in the global Ecofeminism movement and has received several awards for her work in ecology and conservation. Check out the book for yourself, or stop by the office to borrow it from us.Go to link
Kansas City Black History is a booklet that provides profiles on Black educators, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and athletes. This special edition publication marks 12 years of gathering stories of Black men and women who shaped Kansas City. This free resource can be accessed by clicking the link below.Go to link
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, who embraces the idea that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. Through the book Kimmerer reminds us that awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.Go to link
This thought provoking book provides a scientific understanding of the ways trees communicate and connect to each other. Wohlleben's writing has a charming mystical side wrapped in science. This book reminds us to slow down, enjoy the outdoors and listen for the conversations among trees.Go to link
Want to know more about our work with neighborhoods? Christina was interviewed by Abby Hoover of the Northeast Newscast in March of 2021 to talk about our work in Kansas City's Northeast Neighborhoods. Check out the episode!
Have you ever seen something made by Hoxie and wondered, now where would I find that on their website. Well, look no further! If it wasn’t on the Work page (where most content can be found) it lives here, in the “Community Initiatives” section. This is where you can find links to a variety of things including research, neighbor interviews, new partnerships, and other exciting things we want to share with you.
Public Investment Advisory Committee (PIAC)
Christina serves as Councilman Bunch’s representative on the KCMO Public Improvements Advisory Committee. The PIAC process allows residents and neighborhood associations to request specific improvements in their neighborhoods. View the PIAC Project Map here.