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Who's Publishing What: The Lightmaker's Manifesto

Leadership coach, lawyer, photographer and activist Karen Walrond knows that when you care deeply about the world, light can seem hard to find. But when your activism grows out of your joy — and vice versa — you begin to see light everywhere.

Her newest book, The Lightmaker's Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy, is available for pre-order. In the book, Karen helps us name the skills, values and actions that bring us joy; identify the causes that spark our empathy and concern; and then put it all together to change the world. Creative and practical exercises, including journaling, daily intention-setting and mindful self-compassion are complemented by lively conversations with activists and thought leaders such as Valarie Kaur, Brené Brown, Tarana Burke and Zuri Adele. With stories from around the world and wisdom from those leading movements for change, Karen beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction and joy.

By unearthing our passions and gifts, we learn how to joyfully advocate for justice, peace and liberation. We learn how to become makers of light.

A Certified Dare To Lead Facilitator, Karen has helped thousands of people around the world find purpose and meaning in their work. As a photographer, she traveled throughout Africa with the ONE Campaign and serves on the board for the Houston Coalition Against Hate. Karen and her work have been featured on PBS, Huffington Post, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her award-winning blog, Chookooloonks, is a lifestyle, inspiration and photography destination. A sought-after speaker, Karen is the host of the highly rated podcast The Make Light Show, the author of The Beauty of Different, and a contributor to Disquiet Time and Expressive Photography.

In 2018, she served as a keynoter at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

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