Brian Murphy is an independent analyst, organizer, educator, and writer. Until his retirement at the end of 2006, Brian was a member of the staff team of the Canadian international social justice organization Inter Pares, where his work focused on policy development and programme support for Inter Pares’ common cause action in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Canada. He also served from 1983 to 2004 on the governing body of the Project Counselling Service, an international NGO based in Costa Rica, which provided political and material support to the self-organization of people and communities dislocated by violence and repression in Latin America. Brian served on the Advisory Committee for the Institute in Management and Community Development at Concordia University (Montréal) from 1992 to 2010, where he was active as an external advisor and seminar leader on issues of social activism and citizen participation. Brian is an active member on the Steering Committee of the Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group—ICLMG, which he helped create in 2002. He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of AidWatch Canada, based in  Black Rock, Nova Scotia. Brian is the author of numerous articles on global social justice, civil society organizations, and the process of social change. He currently writes at MurphysLog.ca.

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  • Transforming ourselves, Transforming the World: An open conspiracy for social change – Second Edition

    This book is for all those—community workers, adult educators, social activists of every kind—who want to overcome pessimism and play a part in changing society in the direction of peace, justice and dignity for all human beings. As author Brian Murphy points out, many of us are pessimistic about our ability to change the world when confronted by the powerful forces of big corporations and big government. Murphy reveals the social and personal dilemmas which hold people back from social engagement, and argues that the various constraints we face can be overcome.

    In this new edition, David Austin explains in his Introduction why this book, first published in 1999, is perhaps more relevant to our times than ever, offering insights from his own experiences of engaging critically with the book and with others. And in his Afterword, Brian Murphy reflects on the continued relevance of the original text, emphasizing how our humanity is being corroded and commodified. To reclaim our humanity, he argues, we must transform ourselves to transform the world.

    Brian Murphy’s immensely inspiring book,Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World, deeply challenges us to think and rethink everything we knew and thought we knew.—Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation & Right Livelihood Award Laureate in 2010

    We need more conversations like the one in this book, which are rooted in hope while honestly working through a foundational way of seeing and understanding ourselves in the bigger picture.— Christina Warner, Co-Executive Director and Director of Campaigns and Organising, Council of Canadians.

    This is one of the coolest, enjoyable and important books I have read in recent years. Written from the heart as well as the head, it is a breathtakingly visionary, unique and insightful take on the life of the ultimate activist.—Hope Chigudu, Feminist activist