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About Alessandra Pigni

Alessandra Pigni is a humanitarian psychologist and staff care specialist with many years of experience in the Middle East, and China. Her new book The Idealist’s Survival Kit. 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout is out now with Parallax Press. You can follow her blog at and connect with her on Twitter @mindfulnext

Articles by Alessandra Pigni

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Work: it’s time for a new year’s revolution

We don’t need a better work-life balance—we need a new way of working that’s fully integrated into our lives so that work doesn’t destroy our souls.

No, you can’t ‘be the change’ alone

Positive thinking may be useless or even damaging, but negative thinking is unlikely to change the world for the better.

Organizations as communities: lessons from Deir Mar Musa in Syria

Successful communities welcome disagreement and approach conflict constructively. Maybe the 21st century is the time to think about all organizations as communities, and to see where this radical change in direction might take us. 

Practising mindfulness at the checkpoint

Is caring for ourselves an act of self-indulgence or social change? Alessandra Pigni tests the boundaries of "mindfulness" on the border between Israel and Palestine.

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