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The Idealist's Survival Kit


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Alessandra Pigni is a psychologist and organizational consultant who supports individuals working in the humanitarian and development sector. As a psychologist with Medecins Sans Fronti res/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) she has worked extensively in the Middle East and in China. She's been based in Jerusalem providing mindfulness-based staff care and organizational development interventions, and worked with activists and women human rights' defenders promoting self-care as a basis for action. Pigni started a project called Mindfulness for NGOs to bring mindfulness-based interventions for stress reduction and burnout prevention to aid workers. She taught mindfulness to aid workers and activists in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She has published articles in academic and non-academic publications, and spoken at conferences about aid workers' wellbeing. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio Oxford, Channel 4 for Thought TV, Transformation/Open Democracy, and in sector publications such as People in Aid, Devex, Aidpreneur, WhyDev and the humanitarian news agency Irin News. Alessandra Pigni is currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford, continuing to research aid workers' wellbeing. She has a wide following among aid workers and her work is well regarded by both humanitarian practitioners and academics. Pigni blogs atmindfulnext.organd you can follow her on Twitter @mindfulnext.


"Alessandra makes clear that we need to treat ourselves humanely, just as we declare our main aim is to show humanity to others. I commend this book to you most warmly."-Dr. Hugo Slim, Head of Policy, The International Committee of the Red Cross

"Alessandra Pigni has pioneered the field of care in action. The Idealist's Survival Kit is a godsend for every activist and aid worker."-Michael Edwards, Editor of Transformation

"With bracing honesty and piercing clarity, Alessandra Pigni shows us not only why, but also how, to practice self-empathy for the sake of efficacy."- Irshad Manji, The Trouble with Islam Today, Founder, Moral Courage Project

"This book is a must-read-not only for those who work for NGOs on the front-line of humanitarian catastrophes, but all those who work in the helping professions throughout the world."-Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford

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