We have many tools from inspiration for sharing how to explore the world outside of my shoes to our recommended reading list, podcasts, and videos. We’ve compiled some of our favorite things, please explore these resources that dig deeper into our values.

I'm Not Leaving – The Book

*Also available in Spanish: No Me Voy

World Outside My Shoes provides complimentary copies of I’m Not Leaving for educators, and discounted copies can be made available for students too!

If you’re planning a visit, please let us know in advance if your class, library, or community would like copies of the book.

We never want a budget to get in the way of learning. Send us a request via the contact us page, and we can explore the different options available.

I'm Not Leaving – The Documentary

I’m Not Leaving tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi through the eyes of the Wilkens family. This 40-minute documentary serves as a great resource to prepare your community for a visit from World Outside My Shoes. 

Below, you’ll find complimentary links to various versions of an online copy.

Should you prefer a hard-copy DVD, please refer to the donations page for more information. 

Planning a visit and want to include a screening with a virtual or in-person Q&A? Let’s connect and explore the different possibilities!


  1. I’m Not Leaving – for audience age 13 & older. 40-min documentary.
  2. I’m Not Leaving Trailer – previews the film, 2 min 11 seconds.


  1. I’m Not Leaving (young audience) for audience age 12 & younger. 35-min documentary.
  2. I’m Not Leaving – for audience age 13 & older. 40-min documentary.
  3. I’m Not Leaving (Spanish subtitles) – for audience age 13 & older. 40-min documentary.
  4. [COMING SOON] I’m Not Leaving (Korean subtitles) – for audience age 13 & older. 40-min documentary.

Clips of Carl Wilkens

From addressing division in a modern day context to sharing powerful stories of his family’s decision to have him stay in Rwanda during 1994, Carl draws from a range of material to share with audiences around the world. 

Check out these video clips for a sneak preview of his style and content:

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Carl presents: A Hope-Based Process for Addressing Division

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Holocaust Memorial Day Trust: The story of Carl and Teresa Wilkens


  1. A Matter of Posture, a reconciliation story from Rwanda by Carl Wilkens.
  2. Three things the world desperately needs, an opinion piece by Carl Wilkens written while in Rwanda during the 2019 Umushyikirano National Dialogue Council.
  3. How Rwanda Judged Its Genocide, by Phil Clark with Africa Research Institute.
  4. Untamed: Beyond Freedom, by Celine Uwineza.
  5. A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It, by Steven Kinzer.
  6. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, by Philip Gourevitch.
  7.  The Weaver’s Scar: For Our Rwanda, by Brian Crawford.
  8. Agathe Uwiringiyimana, a hero whose entire political career had seen constant threats, a piece on the Rwandan Prime Minister who was assassinated on April 7, 1994.
  9. Rwanda – Looking for the Good, the blog of a teacher who joined World Outside My Shoes for a summer trip to Rwanda in 2016.


  1. The Natural Beauty of Rwanda | National Geographic (3 min): A short clip showcasing the beauty of Rwanda today.
  2. Neurons That Fire Together Wire Together (6 min): Watch neurons form in the brain and learn about neural growth factor: excerpts from Dr. Joe Dispenza’s 2012 TED Talk.
  3. Neuroplasticity (2 min): The concept explained by the Sentis Brain Animation Series.
  4. Rick Hanson on Resilience (59 min): Talk at Google. Resilience is fundamentally about internal resources and there are three key factors: challenges, vulnerabilities, and resources. They exist in the world, in our body, and in our mind.
  5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story (19 min): In this TED Talk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice––and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
  6. Sarah Montana: The Real Risk of Forgiveness––And Why It’s Worth It (16 min): Everyone says you should forgive, but no one will tell you how, exactly, to do it. And is it always possible—even for something as traumatic as gun violence? TED Talk by Sarah Montana.
  7. Rwanda Rescue Story (5 min): 13 year-old Grace finds beauty and purpose as she rescues baby Vanessa during the Rwandan genocide.
  8. Carl Wilkens, The One Who Stayed (11 min): Short documentary about the Wilkens’ story that was submitted by two eighth graders to the Lowell Milken Center (more on their Unsung Heroes curriculum here)
  9. Amahoro | The Peace Exchange in Rwanda (18 min): Young peace-builders from Chicago travel with Carl Wilkens to Rwanda to explore Rwanda’s unity and reconciliation journey.
  10. Rwanda builds new national identity 25 years after genocide: NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent travels to Rwanda to speak with victims, perpetrators, and Carl to report on how Rwanda is overcoming ethnic differences and building a new national identity.
  11. This Rwandan Genocide Survivor’s Life was Saved by Football
  12. Good News Network
  13. World Outside My Shoes Youtube Channel and Video Resources
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  1. The Few Who Stayed: Defying Genocide in Rwanda, NPR: In April 1994, the central African nation of Rwanda exploded into 100 days of violence, killing 800,000 people. Most turned their backs to the bloodshed. Here is the story of those who stayed.
  2. Rick Hanson on the Neuroscience of Happiness: Best-selling author and psychologist discusses how we can re-wire our brains to cultivate positive emotions, inner peace, and lasting happiness.
  3. The Personality Myth, Invisibilia: In the US, personality is often seen as destiny. This episode examines everything from lines forming at a courthouse to get a wedding license to TED Talks given in prison and explores if personalities really can change.
  4. Flip the Script, Invisibilia: This podcast examines a scenario where someone “flips the script”––does the opposite of what their natural instinct is and, in doing so, transforms a situation. The clinical term is “complementarity.”
  5. The Problem with the Solution: This hour takes a turn to explore how the very same impulse to fix a problem––the impulse that has led the human species to invent telephones and bicycles and rocket ships––has surprising consequences when it comes to the problem of mental illness.
  6. Romeo and Juliet in Rwanda: how a soap opera sought to change a nation: How do you change someone’s behavior? Most of us would point to education or persuasion. But what if the answer lies elsewhere?

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