By Liam Dunleavy
Almost forty years ago, the seeds of an organization celebrating the human capacity for change through journeys of compassion and creativity were planted. Today, this organization, Talent for Humanity, recognizes, celebrates and supports individuals whose talents inspire others. In the recently released book, Talent for Humanity: Stories of Creativity, Compassion, and Courage to Inspire You on Your Journey, the stories of seven remarkable human beings are featured. Edited by Patrick Gaffney and published by Greenleaf Book Group Press, this well written book pushes us to care about humanity in a way that encourages us to use our creativity, courage and compassion to make the world a better place. At its core, this book is a tribute to individuals who have opened their hearts to the world.
The stories in Talent for Humanity, highlight the passions of people as diverse as Reza Deghati, an Iranian National Geographic photographer and peacemaker, to Sherry and Bob Jason, public defense attorneys in Los Angeles who founded City Hearts, a program for introducing inner-city youth into the hearts. What is most striking about all of the Talent for Humanity's Human Spirit Award recipients showcased in this book, is how incredibly possible change be. In addition to Reza and the Jason's, other recipients of the Human Spirit Award include Aliza Hava, Yarrow Kraner, Deeyah Kahn, and Daniele Finzi Pasca.
Talent for Humanity is a beautiful collection of stories that can inspire us on an emotional level to believe, despite the cliche, that we can make a difference in the world. In other words, this book teaches us that we must recognize our own humanity so that we can make a positive impact on the lives of others. Ultimately, The stories collected here are a gift for those who are seeking inspiration for change in their own lives.