Renewing Struggles for Social Justice: A Primer for Transformative Leaders is the product of the Binational Civil Society Forum, a conversation of five years among 68 leaders in the not-for-profit sectors in both South Africa and the United States.Download Book: Click here
Watch Video: Lance C. Buhl Discussing Transformative Leaders
Cast as an extended letter to each reader, this book pursues a single question. How can you and I – as citizens, regardless of our respective professions – help to bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice – towards a fuller realization of our innate and shared sense of ‘fairness’? It assumes that each reader is a leader, has that spark of leadership within – and needs to exercise it on behalf of the greater common good. And it assumes that the economic political health of both nations and their institutions will be better served when justice and the common good are goals actively pursued. The book, therefore, is as relevant to the business leader as it is to any other citizen.
If you wonder about such issues as the decline in our common obligations to one another…the persistence of racial and economic inequality that diminishes the life prospects for millions of fellow citizens and untold numbers in future generations…the failure to respond adequately to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in places like South Africa and the growing new epidemic of that disease in the United States, especially, its southern rural areas…the relentless poverty that defines many inner-city and rural communities throughout America and townships, both urban and rural, in South Africa, indeed, much of Africa and Asia – then this book is essential reading. It asks you to consider what your moral obligations are as a leader – in your social circle, your vocation, your organisation, your family – in response to these urgent matters.
The book not only challenges the reader to act, it is truly a primer on the sources of our present civic malaise – especially in South Africa and the United States; and it identifies sources of hope, suggesting what the citizen leader can do personally and with others to make a difference.
About the Author:Lance Buhl is Deputy Director of the Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke, founded in 2001 by James A. Joseph, American Ambassador to South Africa (1996-2000).
Trained as a historian (Ph.D., Harvard University), Lancepursued a twenty-year career in higher education, teaching American history,serving as a university administrator, and consulting about teaching/learningeffectiveness and on behalf of the reform of educational practice. From1981-1992, he was program officer, manager and then director of CorporateContributions for British Petroleum America. Since, has served as aconsultant on strategic planning and evaluation for numerous organizations inthe United States and Europe, helping to create and manage the Center forLeadership and Public Values over the last seven years.