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9 Nov 2018 03:39pm

Between the lines: Natasha Stromberg

Natasha Stromberg, founder of feminist business directory Genderbuzz, shares the books that have moved her

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My desert island book is...

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. It’s 700 pages long and would last a while. And it’s the ultimate story of the triumph of hope over hate. There are so many lessons for us to learn from.

The last book I read was...

Leapfrog – The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs. In the book, author and venture capitalist Nathalie Molina Niño gives invaluable tips to women who want to grow their companies into big brands.

My favourite book is...

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I honestly could not put it down. It’s chilling in its calculation and super clever in its plot twists. It kept me glued to the page right until the end. I loved the film with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck too.

The book I learned the most from is...

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. It opened my eyes as a white British woman to what racism really is. It has had a profound effect on how I see my own life and what I can do to fight for a more racially just society.

Economia reviews: Work Is Love Made Visible

Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, Sarah McArthur This collection of essays shares the insights of some of the world’s best known commentators as they tackle an existential conundrum: finding purpose.

The authors interview “thought leaders” including Dave Ulrich, Taavo Godtfredsen, Stephanie Pace Marshall and Jim Yong Kim about how they have grappled with finding purpose. This might have been through helping to create positive change in the world, turning a defeat into victory, moving out of the comfort zone, finding a leadership style or embracing the power of positivity.

The World Bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim, for example, says any of us could go out and help create positive global change: “He wants us to hone our skills and offer our unique talents to nonprofit organisations. Let this be your call to action – develop yourself, practice your skills, and get out there and help. We will make the world a better place.”