The Purple Elephant Project

Our thanks to Hank Williams

Long-term supporter, Hank Williams has written and published a book called The Ability to Choose. The book is a fascinating exploration of choice: how we make choices and how we can control our choice making.

We are so grateful to Hank as he is using the book to raise money for two charities that he is closely involved with: PACT and Purple Elephant Project. Both charities provide therapeutic support for children who have experienced trauma and abuse. So far, he has raised £1,555 for us through book sales which is incredible and we are so grateful!

Hank Williams has been an organisation development consultant and professional mentor for forty years. He has also worked as a community development worker in Oldham and as a change consultant with the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan. In all his roles – consultant, trainer, facilitator and mentor – choice has been a key ingredient. The Ability to Choose looks back over this varied career to explore different aspects of choice, for example: the choices we make when we open our mouths to speak; the use of choice to raise levels of engagement in the classroom; the choices groups make in how to work together; the use of choice to channel energy when generating change.

Each chapter explores one aspect of choice from the professional perspective and also reflects on choices that Hank has made in his personal life. It is this weaving together of the professional and personal experience, and the relationship between the two, that makes The Ability to Choose so unique. The personal story unfolds through the book, providing a deep exploration of its three principal themes: agency, awareness and resourcefulness.

“Powerful and telling”, “thought-provoking”, “intriguing”, “clear and heartfelt” are some of the reader comments. “I like how you weave your personal story in with your work choices.”

To find out how to get your copy of The Ability to Choose, mail TATC at

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