NEW book – 40 Critical Thinkers

40 Critical Thinkers for Community Development, by Peter Westoby, David Palmer and Athena Lathouras, publishes in July. To introduce this highly anticipated book, the authors talk us through the origin of book, how the book could be used – for personal enrichment or as a tool for discussion as colleagues and students – and the educational aims of the ideas within it. The authors also reveal their favourite gems of wisdom that they carry with them in their work.

Setting aside the jargon that can cloud community development work, this book gets to the heart of what drives us. It asks us to start afresh, recognising that every community is unique and complex and that there can be no single, simple answer to its development. The book celebrates that by offering a rich and varied collection of wisdom and critical scholarship, from thought-leaders including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ela Bhatt, Jacques Derrida, Frantz Fanon, Paulo Freire, Bell Hooks, John Keats, Rosa Luxemburg, Wangari Maathai, Manfred Max-Neef, Arundhati Roy, E.F. Schumacher, Vandana Shiva, Rabindranath Tagore and Greta Thunberg.

How can we use our own experiences in recent times – in lockdown in the face of a global pandemic – to build a world that works better for people and the planet? Take a look at the video and share your views below!

You can order your copy of the book on our website or by emailing us at

40 Critical Thinkers video


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