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About Karen Christensen

Karen Christensen is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and occasional scholar who also writes about how women gain and wield power. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a research associate of the Fairbank Center at Harvard, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and founder of the Train Campaign. She was a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press, Read Karen’s occasional dispatches from the frontlines of international publishing at Karen's Letter on Substack, and follow her on Twitter etc @karenchristenze.

How to start an online email group for your neighborhood or business

I've been running a listserv called TheHillGB for some years now, and just received this question from a member: "I am considering creating a listserv for work-related purposes. As moderator of this list, do you have any good resources for the whats and hows of developing and maintaining a strong, functional listerv?" (The word listserv was original coined

By |2018-07-24T04:24:35-04:00July 23rd, 2018|Making a Difference, Tips & Tools|0 Comments

Our Heart’s Garden

Our Heart's Garden, A Story of Enlightenment "Your heart’s garden," said the caller breathlessly. “I was up there just now, sitting in the sun with the tulips falling over my head. And I knew. It should be saved." Tulips falling over his head? I waited. "It’s your heart’s garden, too.” I’d answered the phone only

By |2021-03-12T09:23:53-05:00May 25th, 2018|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Women’s Paths to Power & Recognition in Life & Literature

The New York Times published a list today of 15 overlooked women, and I was glad to see that the first, Ida B. Wells, is someone we included in Women and Leadership: History, Concepts, and Case Studies (Goethals & Hoyt 2017), and the third, Qiu Jin, in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. The second in the list is poet Sylvia Plath, whose story

By |2021-08-02T08:12:38-04:00March 8th, 2018|Berkshire Blog, News|0 Comments

 Shreddin’ the gnar in the Year of the Dog: 狗年旺旺! Gǒu nián wàng wàng!

Haiwang Yuan 袁海旺, author of our forthcoming Becoming a Dragon, tells us that the Chinese onomatopoetic word to describe the bark of dog - wang 汪 - became popular because it is homophonic with 旺, which is part of Haiwang's name. People today often say 狗年旺旺 (literally, "Wishing you a prosperous dog year"). He and all of

By |2018-02-26T08:53:20-05:00February 8th, 2018|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments


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