The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. It all started back home in Virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly became her prized possession—until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven y
It all started with the Blue Sweater that she gave away to Goodwill, a charitable institution – 11 years later, she spotted the same sweater on a little, poor boy in...more
The author jump-started a bakery in Kigali where her friends and colleagues, in years to come, were both victims and perpretrators of the Rwandan genocide, was assaulted on the shores of Tanzania, climbed a volcano in Za...more
"They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I took mine and fell flat on my face. As a young woman, I dreamed of changing the world. In my twenties, I went to africa to try and save the continent, only to learn that Africans neither wanted nor needed saving. Indeed, when I was there, I saw some of the worst that good intentions, traditional charity, and aid can produce...
I concluded that if I could only nudge the world a little bit, maybe that would...more
This book reminded me a lot of Unbowed by Wangari Maathai--non-fiction, set in Africa, strong woman changing the world, but writing...not so great. Which is a real shame about the not so-great writing because the subject matter is important. Jacqueline Novogratz is inspiring, Acumen Fund sounds amazing, Novogratz's journey of discovery about herself, the world, and how to change it is interesting. But oooh, girlfriend needed to focus. She needed an editor to help her focus. A...more
I cannot recommend this one enough!
However, this book, in the end, is more autobiographical than informational. Novogratz has undoubtedly lived a fascinating life, but in the end much of the book felt more like fluff than substance.
My sense is that she'd have been better served by focusing more t...more
Novogratz has witnessed a lot.
The book's title comes from a great "coincidence" that highlighted her sense that our lives are profoundly conne...more
JN's desire, from a very young age, was to make a difference in the world. When she began a successful career in the financial world, she still longed for a job that would make...more
Certain other books written by development "experts" have a pompous, "I knew this all along" t...more
This book is about philanthropy, but not the kind that only makes the giver feel good. It talks about how to use philanth...more
Good read. I would recommend it if you are in the mood to think about global social issues and poverty. The author is an interesting lady with a thoughtful approach to poverty alleviation. She is against traditional charity that just donates money to poor, developing parts of the world. Instead, she believes in the "patient capital" approach which seeks out promising entrepreneaurs in developing countries who know their own markets/cu...more
This book is a wonderful and spell binding story of the beginnings of the Acumen Fund and Ms. Novogratz's journey from International Banker to being a world leader in helping the poor. Not just giving them a hand out, but truly giving them a way to pull themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship.
I've read several book...more
This is a beautifully constructed book that takes you through the personal life journey of Jackueline Novogratz and her approach to giving di...more
If you read one nonfiction book a year, make it this one. In an honest and fair narration of the current problems facing all charitable organizations that want to do good work, Novogratz will convince you that "patient capital" is the way t...more