The Promise of a Pencil

How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Author: Adam Braun

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476730636

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 5536

The author describes how he left a lucrative business consulting job to found the nonprofit Pencils of Promise, an organization responsible for building schools for the poor in developing countries around the world and which recently completed its two hundredth school.

The Promise of a Pencil

How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Author: Adam Braun,Carlye Adler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476730628

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

View: 5690

The author describes how he left a lucrative business consulting job to found the nonprofit Pencils of Promise, an organization responsible for building schools for the poor in developing countries around the world and which recently completed its two hundredth school.

The Promise of a Pencil

How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Author: Adam Braun

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476730644

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 4362

The riveting story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life. Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world. The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality, even if you start with as little as $25. His story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling. *All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise.

Start Something That Matters

Author: Blake Mycoskie

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0812981448

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 209

View: 2623

Describes the TOMS Shoes founder's transformation from a businessperson to an advocate, in an account that outlines his philosophy about working in ways that both fulfill material desires and have philanthropic and social benefits.

Creating Room to Read

A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

Author: John Wood

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 0142180505

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 3683

Traces the inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive who quit his lucrative career to found the Room to Read nonprofit organization that would build libraries for poor children throughout the world, describing how the organization has been challenged by the recent economic collapse.

A Dream So Big

Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger

Author: Steve Peifer,Gregg Lewis

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310587158

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 6776

A Dream So Big is the story of Steve Peifer, a corporate manager who once oversaw 9,000 computer software consultants, who today helps provide daily lunches for over 20,000 Kenyan school children in thirty-five national public schools, and maintains solar-powered computer labs at twenty rural African schools. Steve and his wife, Nancy, were enjoying a successful management career with one of America’s high tech corporate giants during the dot-com boom of the 1990’s when, in 1997, he and his wife Nancy discovered they were pregnant with their third child. Tragically, doctors said a chromosomal condition left their baby “incompatible with life.” The Peifers only spent 8 days with baby Stephen before he died. Seeking to flee the pain, Steve and Nancy began a pilgrimage that thrust them into a third-world setting where daily life was often defined by tragedy—drought, disease, poverty, hunger, and death. They didn’t arrive in the service of any divine calling, but the truth of their surroundings spoke to their troubled hearts. A short-term, 12-month mission assignment as dorm parents for a Kenyan boarding school turned this ordinary man into the most unlikely internationally recognized hero, and his story will inspire you to pursue similar lives of service.

The Blue Sweater

Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Author: Jacqueline Novogratz

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1605294764

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 7937

A narrative account of the author's investigation into the world's economic gap describes her rediscovery of a blue sweater she had given away to Goodwill and found on a child in Rwanda, in a passionate call to action that relates her work as a venture capitalist on behalf of impoverished nations. Reprint.

From Passion to Execution:

How to Start and Grow an Effective Nonprofit Organization

Author: Lyn Scott

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1435460138

Category: Electronic books

Page: 336

View: 5579

Transform your vision and passion into positive change as you learn how to effectively start, grow, and lead a nonprofit organization with this practical, inspiring guide. FROM PASSION TO EXECUTION: HOW TO START AND GROW AN EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIO

Three Cups of Tea

One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

Author: Greg Mortenson,David Oliver Relin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101147083

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 7829

The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Walk in Their Shoes

Can One Person Change the World?

Author: Jim Ziolkowski,James S. Hirsch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451683553

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 9747

Traces the inspirational story behind the creator of the service-oriented program dedicated to transforming inner-city communities by providing educational opportunities for at-risk children, chronicling the author's own transformation from a thrill-seeking corporate financer to a dedicated advocate.

How to Change the World

Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition

Author: David Bornstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199779543

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 8136

Now published in more than twenty countries, David Bornstein's How to Change the World has become the bible for social entrepreneurship--in which men and women around the world are finding innovative solutions to a wide variety of social and economic problems. Whether delivering solar energy to Brazilian villagers, expanding work opportunities for disabled people across India, creating a network of home-care agencies to serve poor people with AIDS in South Africa, or bridging the college-access gap in the United States, social entrepreneurs are pioneering problem-solving models that will reshape the 21st century. How to Change the World provides vivid profiles of many such individuals and what they have in common. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world. The case studies in the book include Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the international campaign against landmines she ran by e-mail from her Vermont home; Roberto Baggio, a 31-year old Brazilian who has established eighty computer schools in the slums of Brazil; and Diana Propper, who has used investment banking techniques to make American corporations responsive to environmental dangers. The paperback edition will offer a new foreword by the author that shows how the concept of social entrepreneurship has expanded and unfolded over the last few years, including the Gates-Buffetts charitable partnership, the rise of Google, and the increased mainstream coverage of the subject. The book will also update the stories of individual social entrepreneurs that appeared in the cloth edition.

Banker To The Poor

Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Author: Muhammad Yunus

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1586485466

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

View: 1267

Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus's clients are women, and repayment rates are near 100 percent. Around the world, micro-lending programs inspired by Grameen are blossoming, with more than three hundred programs established in the United States alone. Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus's memoir of how he decided to change his life in order to help the world's poor. In it he traces the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to fundamentally rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor, and the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen. He also provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in "putting homelessness and destitution in a museum so that one day our children will visit it and ask how we could have allowed such a terrible thing to go on for so long." The definitive history of micro-credit direct from the man that conceived of it, Banker to the Poor is necessary and inspirational reading for anyone interested in economics, public policy, philanthropy, social history, and business. Muhammad Yunus was born in Bangladesh and earned his Ph.D. in economics in the United States at Vanderbilt University, where he was deeply influenced by the civil rights movement. He still lives in Bangladesh, and travels widely around the world on behalf of Grameen Bank and the concept of micro-credit.

Be a Changemaker

How to Start Something That Matters

Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1582704643

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 240

View: 3079

Presents information on creating problem-solving ventures, with advice on identifying a social issue, doing research, creating a business plan, soliciting support from friends and adults, planning an event, raising funds, and using social media for promotion.

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children

Author: John Wood

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061835528

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 7422

John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work not at business school or helping lead Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas. He made the difficult decision to walk away from his lucrative career to create Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes education across the developing world. By the end of 2007, the organization will have established over 5,000 libraries and 400 schools, and awarded long-term scholarships to more than 3,000 girls, giving more than one million children the lifelong gift of education. If you have ever pondered abandoning your desk job for an adventure and an opportunity to give back, Wood's story will inspire you. He offers a vivid, emotional, and absorbing tale of how to take the lessons learned at a hard-charging company like Microsoft and apply them to the world's most pressing social problems.

Everyday Ambassador

Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World

Author: Kate Otto

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1582705232

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 6780

"In a world of limitless technology, we are more connected than ever before, but our hyper-connected lifestyles threaten our ability to know ourselves and meaningfully interact with each other. Everyday Ambassador offers a solution to this disconnectivity paradox--reflections, everyday examples, and tools that anyone can use every day and everywhere to maximize technology's capacity for social change. With an emphasis on the core values of focus, empathy, humility, and patience, Everyday Ambassador demonstrates that the power of technology is not in the tool but in the intention of the person using it. Everyday ambassadorship is a process that starts from the inside out and serves our countries, cities, communities, and even our own homes. Changing ourselves is the necessary first step to changing the world"--

A Thousand Hills to Heaven

Author: Josh Ruxin

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316232890

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2544

One couple's inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising a family near the old killing fields, and building a restaurant named Heaven. Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant? While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country's rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success. Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up "the best guacamole in Africa") and teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while showing that genocide's survivors really could work together. While first a memoir of love, adventure, and family, A THOUSAND HILLS TO HEAVEN also provides a remarkable view of how, through health, jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled and work to end poverty worldwide.

From the Other Side of the World

Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places

Author: Elmira Bayrasli

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 161039304X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 8534

Elmira Bayrasli’s worldview was turned upside down when a woman in Bosnia told her, “thanks for the help. But we need work and jobs, not foreign aid.” That prompted Bayrasli to embark on a worldwide quest to find how talented people have overcome insurmountable obstacles to build high-growth businesses that are driving wealth and building communities, regions and countries. Through seven remarkable stories, Elmira Bayrasli shows why the next Steve Jobs and the next Apple, Google or Facebook is as likely to come from Nigeria, Pakistan or Mexico as Silicon Valley. She discovers that what distinguishes techies in Silicon Valley from women selling bamboo stools in Bangladesh isn’t their sophistication but simply the conditions that are necessary to sustain and scale business ideas. In the absence of these obstacles, global entrepreneurship can flourish. Bayrasli paints compelling stories of extraordinary entrepreneurs creatively battling corruption, lack of infrastructure, capital shortages and underdeveloped supplier and customer networks. She offers solutions that can be utilized by entrepreneurs everywhere, and shows why micro-finance, social entrepreneurship, and foreign aid are not enough. Most importantly, she shows how the key to building successful entrepreneurial ecosystems is to provide the framework that enables start-ups to scale.

Do Cool Sh*t

Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After

Author: Miki Agrawal

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062261568

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 7521

In Do Cool Sh*t, serial social entrepreneur, angel investor, and all-around cool sh*t–doer Miki Agrawal shows how to start a successful company—from brainstorming to raising money to getting press without any connections—all while having a meaningful life! With zero experience and no capital, Miki Agrawal opened WILD, a farm-to-table pizzeria in New York City and Las Vegas, partnered up in a children's multimedia company called Super Sprowtz, and launched a patented high-tech underwear business called THINX. Miki has seen significant growth in her businesses. She pulls back the curtain of how you can live out loud, honor your hunches, and leave nothing on the table. Whether you’re a student with big aspirations or an experienced professional looking for new opportunities, Do Cool Sh*t will open your eyes, make you laugh, and give you the confidence to quit your day job, start your own business, and live happily ever after. Do Cool Sh*t features a foreword by Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos.

Adventure Philanthropist

Great Adventures Volunteering Abroad

Author: Erin Michelson

Publisher: Emcom LLC

ISBN: 9780991001606

Category:

Page: 258

View: 7714

The plan was there was no plan-visit all seven continents, see what happens. Erin Michelson is a high adventuress, who lives life on the edge. Giving up a successful business, her stake to a house, and all of her possessions, she decides to just take the money and run. Surviving swindlers and saints, she struggles to keep her eyes and heart open. Her escapades not only show us how best to tackle a minefield, how to bathe an elephant, and where to find a string of pearls, but also how to make a world of difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable. For two years, she volunteers across the globe, searching for an authentic experience and the chance to reach out and leave the world, even just a small part of it, a better place. This is the life of an Adventure Philanthropist!

Tsunami Kids

Our Journey from Survival to Success

Author: Paul Forkan,Rob Forkan

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782433589

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 5144

On Boxing Day 2004, Rob, Paul, Matty and Rosie Forkan lost their parents in the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. Aged from eight to 17, they subsequently made a harrowing 200km trek across the decimated country to try and find their parents and get home. The bravery and ingenuity they displayed was a direct result of their unique upbringing. When disaster struck, they had been working for charities in the Middle East and India for four years. Taken out of school at a young age, they had received an unconventional global education, learning independence and emotional resilience. Almost a decade after the tsunami, the two eldest brothers, Rob and Paul, had a dream. They created the multinational brand, Gandys Flip Flops, in the front room of their rented flat, and also set up the charitable foundation, Orphans for Orphans, using 10% of their profits to support children deprived of essentials such as education, nutrition and medication. This is an enthralling, harrowing but ultimately uplifting journey from the slums of India and the tsunami, to the boardrooms of the City of London, Downing Street and beyond.