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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 six books in our bookshelf. Check them out below!
Reclaiming the Commons by Vandana Shiva
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.
Kansas City Black History by Black Archives of Mid-America, KC Public Library, and LINC
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 image to the left.
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben
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.
Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge by Dan R. Wildcat
This thoughtful, forward-looking book provides insight, hope, and a path forward in climate action. Dan R. Wildcat is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on Indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education. This book suggests current global climate change issues will require the exercise of indigenous ingenuity - indigenuity - and wisdom if humankind is to reduce the ecological damage well underway.
The Nature Fix by Florence Williams
Florence Williams is a journalist who focuses her writing on health, the environment, and science. In this book she explores the myriad of health benefits provided to us by the great outdoors and describes why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative.
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.