by Connie Burk
I took my first lesson from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky nearly twenty years ago when I suggested that a periodic free muffin might be a sufficient expression of organizational support to her as a domestic violence advocate in my employ. In the moments and years to follow, Laura has taught me volumes about what it takes to metabolize trauma and address the toll that caring for others can take on our lives.
Her work on trauma exposure and emotional labor has transformed the discussion about fostering personal and collective well-being as an essential means to social justice ends. There is no movement, no field, no sector that has not been touched by her research, insights, and exhortations. Every week, I hear from advocates ...