Our book recommendation for November is The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.
It’s written by Jacqueline Novogratz, the Acumen Founder and CEO. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World is an inspirational and personal story of Jacqueline Novogratz, a woman who has dedicated her life to understanding global poverty and to finding new and improved ways to tackling the increasing gap between the rich and poor in our interconnected world.
From her early journeys in Africa to the creation of Acumen, she details her inspirational & educational stories and people that have helped her change this world. From Rwandan genocide survivors to the Nairobi slums and from organizations that have surpassed impossible odds to her own hilarious and heartbreaking stories, she is an inspiration to anyone who wants to learn and help those in need.
She also explains why many traditional charities fail and how a new breed of philanthropic organizations and investment called “patient investing” or “patient capital” can help communities and people more self-sufficient. This leads to a long-term and sustainable approach in philanthropy. The Blue Sweater challenges all of us to grant dignity to the poor and rethink our engagement with the world.
Two simplified life lessons that she explains includes:
- Empowerment is NOT handing out cash and it definitely isn’t about just giving. Empowerment of the poor includes believing, supporting, coaching, developing skills, education, developing people, asking the right questions for different people and communities, standing up for others and no quitting.
- And as Jacqueline Novogratz writes: “To our larger family, those countless millions around the world who lack money and security but possess dignity and an indomitable spirit. For their time is coming, and this story is for them.”
GIVEGROWGO highly recommends The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World!