Our contemporary moment is rife with injustices and crises: environmental disasters, climate change, racial divides, political divides, sexual misconduct, and high unemployment and debt rates, amongst other urgent challenges. While it is important to recognize these problems and call for change, we can also learn from caring initiatives that foster new ways of living, based in relationality, respect, and mutual support. How to Care More offers a definition of care based in relational action, highlighting care as an umbrella concept that can catalyze personal and social change. Each chapter provides an overview of one skill to practice caring more, including listening, consent, collaboration, and cultivating inclusion, love, and resilience that will enhance personal wellbeing and relationships with others, in our families, workplaces, and communities. With definitions of key terms and hands-on activities, How to Care More offers thought-provoking discussion and powerful examples of small-scale action and community building that can have a big impact, empowering readers to work towards positive social change.
Miranda Campbell is associate professor in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she teaches courses in creative collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion, and care ethics. Her research focuses on creative employment, youth culture, and small-scale and emerging forms of cultural production. Her first book, Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural Production in Practice and in Policy, mapped the changing realities of youth self-employment in creative fields in the 21st century and was shortlisted for the Donner Prize for the best public policy book by a Canadian. Dr. Campbell’s involvement with creative communities includes coordination and participation on the board of directors with Rock Camp for Girls Montreal, a summer camp dedicated to empowerment for girls through music education, and with Whippersnapper Gallery, an artist-run center focusing on emerging artists in Toronto.
Introduction: World on Fire
Chapter 1: Care
Chapter 2: Listen
Chapter 3: Consent
Chapter 4: Collaborate
Chapter 5: Cultivate Inclusion
Chapter 6: Love
Conclusion: Remaining Resilient
In her book How to Care More: Seven Skills for Personal and Social Change, Miranda Campbell describes the importance of building the skills of care, an ability to listen deeply, gaining informed consent, creative collaboration, cultivating inclusion, self-care and love, and remaining resilient in the face of adversity. As humanity and our world hang in the balance, Miranda’s call to engagement and to promoting soft skills into essential strengths is crucial, powerful, and compelling. Either we collectively learn how to care more or we perish. This book offers us a pathway for being part of the solution as we strive to build a better world for ourselves and future generations. Highly recommended!
In a world lacking care, Campbell has brought forth a call for our collective consciousness to embrace and enact collaborative and inclusive ways of caring. Finding ourselves on multiple brinks of ecological disaster, human tragedy, global sadness, and fear, she names the ways in which we continue to obfuscate, detour, and dismantle ourselves and our planet and then reminds us of human capabilities to make radical and caring change.
How to Care More is a deeply personal statement told with passion and optimism about the value of caring. At the same time it is an invitation, even a plea, to care for ourselves, for others, for our society, and for our planet. Miranda Campbell draws on lessons from her personal experience as she sets out simple, if elegant, ways we can address the individual and collective crises facing us today. In an inspiring book, How to Care More reminds us that each of us has the potential to initiate and bring about social change.
We are living in times where our past definition of caring – as an intention, or an organizational mission even – doesn’t go far enough in addressing the inequities of our world today, and tomorrow. This book tackles the fascinating topic of putting a powerful, foundational concept like caring into concrete behaviors, actions, and impact. The skills of caring can be like a muscle we build, a lens through which we enact our voice in the world, and deepen our commitments to each other. This books lays out these steps and ensures we each feel equipped to re-calibrate and move forward to ever-greater impact.