Creating Room to Read A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

ISBN-10: 0670025984
ISBN-13: 9780670025985
Edition: 2012
Authors: John Wood
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/7/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive’s quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of booksWhat’s happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,” he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector—and succeeded spectacularly.In his acclaimed first book,Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization’s next steps and its latest challenges—from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart,Creating Room to Readshares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will loveCreating Room to Readfor its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.

John Wood is the author of several prize-winning books of poetry and photographic criticism, including the recently released Selected Poems: 1968-1998. His essays on a wide variety of subjects have appeared in many books and journals. Wood is the editor of 21st: The Journal of Contemporary Photography.

Introduction: Ten Years, Ten Thousand Libraries!
Bold Goals Attract Bold People
A Kilogram of Gold
The Lottery of Life
Blame It on Bahundanda
Helping Others Help Themselves: The Challenge-Grant Model
GSD: Building a World-Class Team
The Tsunami: One Year After
"No Range Rovers": The War on Overhead
Searching for Seuss
-Baby Fish Goes to School
Sleepless in Siem Reap
"I Was in Grade Two When Our School Was Burned Down"
"Sony, but Your Money Has Disappeared"
"We Picked Up the Phone to Call for Help"
Nine Books Last Night
On Her Narrow Shoulders Rest a Family's Dreams
Mr. X
Now Departing for Cambodia: Literacy One
Frantic Footsteps in the Night
The World's Tallest Fund-raising Thermometer
Whose Version of the Future Will Win?
Boat to Read
"If You Cannot Read, School Can Be a Torture"
"Three Completely Pregnant Cows"
Mr. Poet and Miss Library
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Index
A Message from the Author: How You Can Change the World

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