Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 15

Oh, no it's my pleasure. We are talking about the book, “Refuse To Do Nothing”. Perhaps what we should do first is to start by telling the audience a little bit about the book?

Yeah, so the book is, I had the privilege of writing the book with a friend of mine and it is basically the book I wish had about 5 years ago. People always say, like the best book is the book you wish you always wrote and I, in this case, wrote the book I wish I had about 5 years ago, so the book is basically a primer, an introduction to the issue of human trafficking, but more than an introduction. It specifically points to concrete things that everyday ordinary people can do to fight human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery and that was the biggest piece for me when I started, was trying to get mobilized, trying to get movement and traction on. Now that I know what this global problem is, what I can do about it in the busy life of motherhood and so this book not only explains what is modern day slavery, what are the types of slavery that exist in our world, how can that actually be and even more importantly than what the problem is, what does an everyday person have at their disposal to do something about it and it's like I say, the no excuse primer for addressing the issue of modern day slavery.

So, right, you know in the book you mentioned some of your earlier frustrations both on, how you didn’t know what to do about these specific things and then even after you did know they existed, what to do then. But I guess as you went, you learned if everybody did something, right?

Yes, yes and we look at even, I think … it was really helpful to me once I began to see that this has been done before. When I began to see what was done in the first abolitionist movement. That, the tide turned when the average person got involved. They needed people upfront leading, for sure, risking everything to push legislation and to talk to the powers that be. But the ordinary, everyday people including women, who at the time did not have a vote, did not have much of a voice outside of their home and if they did it seemed quite radical, but they were pushing outside their comfort zones and talking to their pastors and talking to their husbands and rallying together and getting together in sewing circles, so when the ordinary person started getting involved, I believe that’s

Michael Porter: Well, Kim how are you this morning?

Kim McOwen Yim: Very good. Thank you, thanks for having me.