- Copertina flessibile: 306 pagine
- Editore: Rodale Pr; Reprint edizione (1 febbraio 2010)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1605294764
- ISBN-13: 978-1605294766
- Peso di spedizione: 340 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 232.606 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 feb 2010
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The book is so much more than that. The author delves into the soul of the problem and the people that are tackling it. With vivid descriptions that put you right in a hut in Kigali or a field in India, she explores the human side of poverty, commerce, creativity, tragedy and joy. Stories of people overcoming genocide in Rwanda to see their visions survive. These could be distractions but she weaves them into the book's central premise - that the way to fight poverty is. It simply through well intentioned even generous charity. It is through treating the poor as people, as peers and giving them the respect and tools they need to shape their own destiny to own their own dignity. To help them join markets where they have the same capacity to innovate, deliver and create prosperity for their families, communities and nations.
That is a message delivered less effectively in many books and bone dry business texts. How rare to receive it in such an inspiring and captivating life story.
Although some sections of the book seemed to drag on, I did not read it as a novel, but I read it to learn fom her research and experiences so I could be more informed about what truly helps people and what does not.
The last half of the book is better than the first half because it is here she brings it all together so you can see the result of all her learning.
I love her story with all of her struggles along the way. She had to learn the importance and power of listening and to put herself in other people's shoes. She was willing to learn from her own mistakes and the mistakes of others too.
The result of all her struggles, her successes and failures is The Acumen Fund.
The Acumen Fund helps in the fight to eliminate poverty with dignity and accountability, to create sustainable businesses that provide basic services, providing jobs and solutions that work long term, such as making and distributing mosquito bed nets, distributing clean water and drip irrigation for farmers. Because it is not charity, the local people are involved in the businesses of production and distribution and the customers take good care of it because they have to pay for it. After providing these solutions for the people, they go back and measure the impact to know if they need to make any changes.
This book showed me why Charity does not work by itself. Charity should only be a short term solution used in emergency situations.
I understand now why some developing countries have said that tourism has greatly harmed them, creating beggars and thieves where people used to work to provide for their families. Charity can have that same result.
Although Novogratz may not view herself as a change maker, it is obvious that after reading her story, she changed many people's lives. Not only did she change those lives she worked with, but I believe she changes readers' lives after hearing her story. In The Blue Sweater, Novogratz explains her story of leaving a corporate banking position to go to Africa and help women. The fact that she was able to take that leap of faith to go to Africa and work for a nonprofit corporations says enough about her. She is not interested in wealth or recognition; she clearly wanted to help others. Her account is certainly one of the most inspiring stories I've heard, and it was even more touching because I was able to relate to her passion in wanting to change the world. After reading this book, I was left with the message that I should not only continue pursuing my dreams, but help others accomplish their by providing them with a means to do so. No matter how badly you think you're failing, reading The Blue Sweater is like Novogratz whispering in your ear, "Don't dwell on your failures, you've come such a long way and you still have so much to accomplish."
I would 100 percent recommend reading this book. Not only will it open your eyes to some of the world's most pressing social problems, Novogratz will inspire you to want to make a change within the world - and she encourages you to believe that it is possible.