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Community Book Club – Neighborhood Leadership Institute

October 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NLI’s Community Book Club is back with another offering!
The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-Being by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett is the 8th book in Neighborhood Leadership Institute’s Community Book Club. Hundreds of community members have contributed to ongoing dialogue on social justice in previous groups and we invite you to join as well. These Book Club discussions begin Tuesday September 14th. The group will convene weekly until October 12th.  Guests will participate in discussions led by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder. Participants should be ready to discuss the Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 at the first session.  

About the book:
The Inner Level explains how inequality affects us individually, altering how we think, feel and behave. It sets out the overwhelming evidence that material inequities have powerful psychological effects: when the gap between rich and poor increases, so does the tendency to define and value ourselves and others in terms of superiority and inferiority. A deep well of data and analysis is drawn upon to empirically show, for example, that low social status leads to elevated levels of stress hormones, and how rates of anxiety, depression and addictions are intimately related to the inequality which makes that status paramount. Wilkinson and Pickett describe how these responses to hierarchies evolved, and why the impacts of inequality on us are so severe.


Sept. 14 – Oct. 12, 2021
Tuesdays from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This book is available at bookstores, Cleveland Public Library and online.. NLI has also secured limited copies for those guests unable to secure their own copy. Contact Michelle for more info.


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NLI Contact

Michelle Broome


October 12, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cleveland, United States