Witness: A lawyer's journey from litigation to liberation
Witness speaks to something innate in each of us: the desire to feel connected to those around us and live from our highest potential as human beings. This was brought home in Sirotkin’s first meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa, while Sirotkin co-chaired the International Monitoring Project of the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Tutu smiled as he told the author, “We are human through our relations with others. If I undermine your humanity, I dehumanize myself. This is ubuntu.”
As an activist litigator for social causes in America, Sirotkin engaged in the “good fight,” but felt something missing. Learning to actively live and work from ubuntu became a roar of awakening to a journey from litigation to liberation. Witness is filled with profound moments of compassion and quiet heroism from world famous activists and un-known women and men whose lives will inspire you to be the change the world needs, now more than ever.
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Surviving and Thriving at Work
What Every Employee Needs to Know But is Afraid To Ask
Filled with stories and advice, Surviving and Thriving at Work is a practical guide from Eric Sirotkin’s decades of counseling employees and litigating cases.
- Challenge Unfair Treatment
- Document Workplace Abuse
- Overcome a Demanding Boss
- Navigate the COVID Era
- Find Common Ground
- Live from a Place of Wellbeing
Protect and empower yourself by deepening your understanding of the modern workplace and developing creative skill sets to resolve and diffuse conflict. Become versed in your rights and learn key strategies on how to effectively assert them.
Q&A With Eric sirotkin
What does it mean to be an active witness?
What is this ubuntu you talk about isn’t he book and how did you discover it? What is the impact it has had on you?
You write about several trips to North Korea? With tensions increasing, what do your experiences teach us about how to deal with this more than 70-year conflict?
You’re a unique lawyer who seems to have risen above the fray and approaches conflict differently. How do you do it in such an adversarial profession?
In Witness you describe some powerful experiences that emerge from almost spiritual experiences? How do those encounters impact your message?
You’ve been fortunate to travel the world, from Europe, to India, to Cuba and Asia. What about that activities impacted you as a human being or a lawyer?
It is hard to look into the eyes of children or play sports or games with your “enemy” without feeling a human connection that lies beyond the geo-political framework. There is more that unites us than separates us and we spend too long on our differences rather than celebrate our commonality. Connection actually makes war impos-sible. We cannot bomb those we have known and whose love of family, safety and joy is so universal. Most wars hap-pen with a deep depersonalization campaign.