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Blue Sweater Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

ISBN-10: 1594869154
ISBN-13: 9781594869150
Edition: 2009
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Description: For Jacqueline Novogratz it all started back home in Alexandria, Virginia, with the blue sweater, a special gift that quickly became her prized possessionuntil the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa, she  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Rodale Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

For Jacqueline Novogratz it all started back home in Alexandria, Virginia, with the blue sweater, a special gift that quickly became her prized possessionuntil the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa, she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater, with her name still on the tag inside. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to Rwanda was ample evidence, she thought, of how we are all connected, how our actionsand inactiontouch people every day across the globe, people we may never know or meet. It is this awareness that continues to drive her efforts to fight poverty worldwide. Like the best-sellingThree Cups of Tea, this book at once is a deeply personal coming-of-age story of a young idealist determined to change the world and a call to action to all those concerned with growing inequality around the globe. Novogratz relates her experiences over two decades, first in Africa and later in India and Pakistan. She began as a banker and philanthropist, and now works as a venture capitalist, trying to effect real change in countries where the average citizen lives on less than4 a day. Reflecting the current trend toward socially responsible investing,The Blue Sweaterwill inspire individuals seeking always to contribute in a meaningful and effective manner.

Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm for the poor that invests in sustainable enterprises bringing healthcare, safe water, alternative energy, and housing to low-income people in the developing world. A serial entrepreneur in the social sector, she travels frequently and currently resides in New York City.

Prologue
Innocent Abroad
A Bird on the Outside, a Tiger Within
Context Matters
Basket Economics and Political Realities
The Blue Bakery
Dancing in the Dark
Traveling without a Road Map
A New Learning Curve
Blue Paint on the Road
Retribution and Resurrection
The Cost of Silence
Institutions Matter
The Education of a Patient Capitalist
Building Brick by Brick
Taking It to Scale
The World We Dream, the Future We Create Together
Acknowledgments
Index

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