This book is dedicated to Dr Martha Farrell, who was killed (along with thirteen other colleagues) on 13 May 2015 by the Taliban. She was leading adult education on women’s rights and gender equality with the Aga Khan Foundation in Kabul, Afghanistan. Martha was a passionate civil society leader, renowned and respected in India and around the world for her work. She was also a good friend of the author, Susan Ball.
Universal Life Lessons: Gift of Your Greatness is rich in stories of everyday people’s lives within the framework of current world events. This book shows human greatness through tales such as those of the brave young amputee from South Vietnam; two young men with muscular dystrophy and their quest for independence and equality; and the asylum seeker who travelled via boat from Iran to Australia, among others.
‘Transforming Our World—The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ was unanimously adopted by the United Nations at an historic summit in September 2015. Gift of Your Greatness weaves the Agenda’s Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals throughout the book and shares how we can all be agents for change through awareness, understanding, and by serving others. We can achieve these ambitious goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Together we can make a difference to the world … that is the ‘gift of your greatness’.