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
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
I cannot recommend this one enough!
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
"The next morning, on a long run, I thought about what made Duterimbere successful and what I wanted to do next in my life. I decided to apply to business school. When we ran Duterimbere like a business, though we raised charitable money, we succeeded. When we acted more like a typical nonprofit, neither holding ourselves to our mission nor meas...more
One of my favourite sayings — which I often said of a particularly bad manager I once had — is that, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”
I think that giving someone the tools to build a better life for themselves is probably a better bet than simply giving them money.
Novogratz is the fou...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
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
Certain other books written by development "experts" have a pompous, "I knew this all along" t...more
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
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
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
I love her style of writing, and I admire how she has equal parts strength and compassion. She is savvy and witty, but also loving and progressive in her thinking. The world needs a few more of her....more
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I concluded that if I could only nudge the world a little bit, maybe that would be enough.
But nudging isn't enough.”