Local author and life coach, Karen Clarke, will be launching her new book, From Bullied to Brilliant, at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Friday March 18 as part of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
Bullying has gained national recognition recently with Olympic swimming star Ian Thorpe sharing his experiences of being bullied at school by both teachers and students.
Karen’s new book helps victims, parents and educators understand how a change in perception can end the bully-victim cycle.
“If you have ever been bullied, you know how deep the wounds can go. You know how victims often suffer in silence and feel deeply unworthy and unimportant,” Ms. Clarke said.
“My experiences as a child and the challenges I faced as a teenager growing up in West Africa, lead me to an interest in the causes and consequences of intolerance, prejudice, racism, bigotry and the bully-victim cycle. From a wealth of personal and professional experience, I have developed a radical new way to rapidly end the cycle of dominance and intimidation. Those who have been bullied will learn how to rediscover their strength and purpose, and find hope and self-acceptance,” she said.
The book features contributions from Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham, international choreographer Michael Schwandt and the foreword is written by Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great Mahatma Gandhi. Karen has based her teachings on Gandhi's principles of non-violent resistance to dominance, bullying and abuse.
“In order to fully comprehend bullying we need to recognise that, in addition to schoolyard and workplace bullying, corporal punishment, abuse, domestic violence, and war are all part of the same story. The only thing that changes is the setting,” said Ms. Clarke.
“Now is a time when too many people live in fear of violence, bullying, abuse, terror, intolerance and prejudice. I wrote this book to show there are ways to overcome these issues that have been espoused by philosophers and peace-makers throughout time. If we truly wish to make a difference, it is imperative we actively commit to building a Culture of Peace,” she said.
Just this week, Karen signed a major distribution deal with Woodslane Publishers which will see From Bullied to Brilliant on the shelves in all major bookstores, department stores and airports in the South Pacific. Her Facebook clip on “The Benefits of Bullying” has been viewed over 40,000 times.
The official book launch will take place at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Friday March 18. Speakers include MP Peter Wellington, St John's College Principal, Mr. Chris Gold, Ocean Reeve and Alex Mitchell and special guest Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham.
To show your support for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, register your attendance for this free event at https://18march2016.eventbrite.com/.
For more information on Karen’s inspirational work please go to www.frombulliedtobrilliant.com;
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