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Forward Together 

This is an ongoing list of resources that individual members of our team have enjoyed and found helpful. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we may be physically apart, but we can still learn and grow together. 


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                     Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition


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  • Minority Rights Group International campaigns worldwide with around 150 partners in over 50 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard. Through training and education, legal cases, publications and the media and cultural programs they work to support minority and indigenous people as they strive to maintain their rights – to the land they live on, the languages they speak, to equal opportunities in education and employment, and to full participation in public life.

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  • The Science of Well-Being: Yale's most popular class ever is available free online — and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life.



  • Citizens' Climate Radio: A monthly podcast for climate advocates hosted by Peterson Toscano. Become a better
    climate communicator. The show features Interviews, climate change artists, & a puzzler question. 

  • The Climate Pod

    • "​Climate Advocacy During Social Distancing"
      Hosts talk to Madeleine Para, Citizens' Climate Lobby VP of Program and discuss how climate advocates can
      adjust during life in quarantine and use this time to their advantage.
      Also, Ty and Brock discuss Lisa Friedman's piece on new research that shows how air pollution can cause higher
      deaths rates in coronavirus patients.

  • This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week the team chooses a theme and put
    together different kinds of stories on that theme.

    The program has been on the air since 1995 and is heard by 2.2 million listeners each week on over 500 public radio stations in the U.S., with another 3.6 million people downloading each episode as a podcast. Episode suggestions:

  • Clinton School of Public Service student podcast and lecture recommendations: click here




  • Rough Translation: How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places. 

    • Episode recommendation: “We don’t Say That” 

  • 99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed design that shape our world.

    • Episode recommendation: “The Weather Machine” 

  • SYSK Distraction Playlist: click here (also available anywhere you can get podcasts)



If you have a library card, visit your library's website or apps like Libby and RBdigital to see if a book or audiobook is available for free. If you know of any other ways to legally access books for free, please let us know! Note: These book descriptions are not our own

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
    The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. 

  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
    In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile,
    Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it
    has led her to live life to the fullest:

    "I've often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that
    they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people' also might never understand. And that's what 
    Furiously Happy is all about."


  • Recommended Reading from the Clinton School of Public Service Class of 2020 & 2021, including:

    • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

    • Destroying the Root of Racism by Dr. Ron Webb

    • The Art of Communication by Thich Nhat Hanh

    • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot



  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
    In this epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

    From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. She interviewed more than a thousand individuals, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our county, and ourselves. 

  • "Solitude and Leadership: If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts" by William Deresiewicz | Published March 1, 2010 in The American Scholar

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
    Silent Spring began with a “fable for tomorrow” – a true story using a composite of examples drawn from many real communities where the use of DDT had caused damage to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans. Carson used it as an introduction to a very scientifically complicated and already controversial subject. This “fable” made an indelible impression on readers and was used by critics to charge that Carson was a fiction writer and not a scientist.

    Serialized in three parts in The New Yorker, where President John F. Kennedy read it in the summer of 1962, Silent Spring was published in August and became an instant best-seller and the most talked about book in decades. Utilizing her many sources in federal science and in private research, Carson spent over six years documenting her analysis that humans were misusing powerful, persistent, chemical pesticides before knowing the full extent of their potential harm to the whole biota. – from


  • Uncommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship by Marcella Runnell Hall (Editor),  Kersha Smith (Editor)
    UnCommon Bonds is a collection of essays written by women representing multiple identities; all uniquely addressing the impactful experiences of race, ethnicity, and friendship in the context of the United States. The essays unapologetically explore the challenges of developing and maintaining cross-racial friendships between women. A primary goal of this book is to resist simplifying cross-racial friendships. Instinctively, the editors believe that there is a unique joy and pain in these relationships that is rarely easy to summarize. The essays reflect narratives that challenge assumptions, disclose deep i
    nterpersonal struggles, and celebrate the complex sisterhood between women across racial lines.

  • Longreads Best of 2019: Science and Nature

  • Arkansas Hiking Trails: A Guide to Seventy-Eight Selected Trails in the Natural State by Tim Ernst 
    This popular guidebook is the most complete resource available on Arkansas hiking trails. It contains 78 maps and complete descriptions of trails all over the state - from short nature walks, to long-distance backpacking trails, and lots of others in between. It covers all of the major trails, plus many unheard of ones that lead to spectacular scenic areas. There is information about hiking, camping, equipment, and other useful subjects. Tim Ernst has hiked more trails in Arkansas than anyone, and his advice will be valuable for anyone who hikes, or wants to.

  • The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
    "There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind. The more I started to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more I began to see infinite games all around us. I started to see that many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders were playing with a
    finite mindset in an infinite game. These organizations tend to lag behind in innovation, discretionary effort, morale and ultimately performance. The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world" – Simon Sinek

  • The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday 
    We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the
    icons of history — from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs — a formula that let
    them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

    These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical
    principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.

    This book reveals that formula for the first time—and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage. 


  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block 
    Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities--businesses, schools, social
    service organizations, churches, government--do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost.

    This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together. We know what healthy communities look like--there are many success stories out there, and they've been described in detail.

    What Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen.


  • Walden and other Writings by Henry David Thoreau
    Naturalist, philosopher, champion of self-reliance and moral independence, Henry David Thoreau remains not only one of our most influential writers but also one of our most contemporary.

    This unique and comprehensive edition gathers all of Thoreau’s most significant works, including his masterpiece, Walden (reproduced in its entirety); A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; selections from Cape Cod and The Maine Woods; as well as “Walking,” “Civil Disobedience,” “Slavery in Massachusetts,” “A Plea for Captain John Brown,” and “Life Without Principle.” Taken together, they reveal the astounding range, subtlety, artistry, and depth of thought of this true American original. 


  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert 
    Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us."

    In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, The New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.