In honour of World Book Day - I wanted to share with you a book I recently picked up, that is great to also inspire my daughters - "Change-Makers: the pin-up book of Pioneers, troublemakers & Radicals" by Matilda Dixon-Smith.
What I love about this is that it highlight those who are making their name now in the world by having slightly off-piste ideas which are now making a difference to many people.
People who are standing up and standing out.
The book covers artists, entertainers, writers, engineers and scientists to name a few. It is interesting to see the Law & Politics, and Sport & Social Justice sections are dominated by women while the other areas are more 50/50.
So refreshing to see such a diverse range of truly aspirational people being recognised for their efforts in making a positive difference in the world.
A favourite of mini is Brené Brown who has opened the world to vulnerability and the real meaning of courage and what it means to be brave. The book simply summarises her main teachings, background, and how she has brought her message to the world.
Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together." Brené Brown
Yayoi Kusama, is instroduced as one of Japan's greatest creative minds. She is an octogenarian artist who loves polka dots and has ever increasing block buster exhibitions. Her distinctive bright wig and and unique clothing makes her one of the most popular and recognisable contemporary artists
Kusama chooses to live in a Japanese psychiatric facility, where she creates art six days a week, leaving Sundays to rest and reflect
Kusama has had hallucinations throughout her life, but rather than letting these build fear, she has channeled them through her creativity. By painting her visions she has drawn fascination and interest as others begin to see how she has always seen the world.
Every change-maker highlighted in this book has an interesting story to tell, and if you get a chance, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book.