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“Srey – Tales of Urban Girlhood” and lessons on empathy

Blogginlägg   •   Jan 09, 2017 15:00 CET

Srey – Tales of Urban Girlhood, is a documentary book that portrays meetings and encounters with girls who live amongst the garbage in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. The book provides insights about sustainability, business and responsibility. Srey is to be released on the 14th of January 2017 on Dokument press.

The story begins on a dumpsite. Srey (“girl” on Khmer) is on the bottom of the global consumer society, telling her story. But she doesn’t only share what we have heard so many times before, a story about poverty and vulnerability, instead her story points out a new way forward – where companies are in the spotlight and can act as change agents.

“Srey – Tales of Urban Girlhood” is written by Lumen Behaviors founder and CEO Johanna Hallin, together with our co-founder Evelina Fredriksson, and photographed by Sotarn. The book is a part of our knowledge buildning process on the skill of empathy, one of the key components needed to thrive in a rapidly changing future.

Incorporating empathy in business is a new and growing field to count on, and we want to use the book as a way of shining a light on the importance of empathic meetings for business leaders – but also for us all as individuals. Empathy is the ability to place oneself in the shoes of others, and for businesses that entails to meet, listen and understand the stakeholders and their potential solutions. Empathy can be taught and learned, making it an important skill for better businesses and to enhance innovation, creativity and change.

The book depicts our contemporary global challenges – where Srey is one of the groups worst affected by problems so large and complex that no isolated contribution can solve them. Businesses are a big part of our societal problems – but the book also illustrates the point that they instead can be a part of the solution by changing current business structures. Companies can take immediate action and create conditions for global welfare in a way that few other actors can.

Srey highlights the importance of empathetic meetings with her stories – from dumpsites to boardrooms. By listening to Srey, business leaders can learn a lot about one of the most important skills of our time, empathy.

The book will be released on the 14th of January 2017 on Dokument press with two separate events - one in Umeå on the 12th of January and one in Stockholm at the 14th of January. RSVP and get more info on the links below:

Srey at Rönnells Antikvariat in Stockholm:

Srey at Juliette in Umeå:

Hope to see you there to celebrate with us!

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