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How to help others more effectively
Here are some books we recommend to help you help
others more effectively. This includes helping end
global poverty and conflict resolution.
You can save money and trees by borrowing them from
your local library. If you'd like to buy them, we suggest
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More than Good Intentions: How a New
Economics is Helping Solve Global Poverty, by
Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel
An inspiring and informative look at what works and what doesn't, based on
Out of Poverty: What Works When
Traditional Approaches Fail, by Paul Polak
Lots of innovative ways to help end poverty, including many effective ways
for-profit entrepreneurship can help from within the world's poorest
40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, by Howard G
Lots of good ideas. Great to see a good example of a very wealthy individual
with a thoughtful, strong sense of social responsibility.
I agree that sustainable agriculture and building up the soil can play a big
part, and there are lots of good ideas in this book. I do not agree that
GMOs (genetic manipulation) and massive use of pesticides are a sustainable,
danger-free part of the solution.
How to Change the World: Social
Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein
Describes the great potential of social entrepreneurship to help solve
persistent social problems with great effectiveness and very low cost. An
inspiring and eye-opening book.
Changing The Face of Hunger:
One Man's Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans
and People of Faith Are Joining Forces to Help the Hungry, the Poor, the
Oppressed, by Tony Hall
A first hand account by a former US Representative who is also a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty,
both domestic and global. He
favors people of all different political opinions working together towards very worthy common goals.
The White Man's Burden by
A thought-provoking, strongly critical analysis of past failures and current
pitfalls in foreign aid. Makes a strong case for giving local people
opportunities to adapt political and economic development to their local
culture and conditions. Easterly makes the claim, disputed by some, that
previous aid programs have almost always done more harm than good.
The End of Poverty:
Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey Sachs
Outlines a wide range of ways we can help hundreds of millions of people
lift themselves from poverty. Sachs is a leader for the Millennium
Development Goals that seek to cut global poverty in half by 2015. He has 25 years
of experience that includes very influential work in Bolivia, Russia, India and Africa.
The Mystery of Capital:
Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else, by
Hernando de Soto
An excellent explanation of the importance of rule of law to protect
property and businesses, vital for economic development. It also describes
the many obstacles that block hard working, innovative entrepreneurs in
developing nations. This book is at times somewhat repetitious, but the
basic ideas are extremely valuable and backed up with numerous examples.
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Warriors of the Heart, by Danaan Parry
As reviewed by Amazon.com: "A handbook
for bringing healing, passion and meaning into our lives and relationships
through mastering the skills of the peaceful warrior. Based on the author's
famous conflict resolution workshops, these techniques continue to be taught
through the world today and inspire others to join the movement for personal
and global transformation of mistrust, anger and hostility into usable
energy for positive change."
Your work to help others can become more effective
from reading some of these self-help books.
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