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Citizen You: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing the World

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Just when the world needs it most, a new style of social engagement is emerging: Active Citizenship.

A key member of one of New York’s most civic-minded families—one that has supported many of America’s notable institutions and deserving programs—Jonathan Tisch has devoted a lifetime to “active citizenship.” It’s an idea that uses the power of practical creativity and grass
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Broadway Books (first published 2010)
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This book was a bit of a slog to read, but I eventually got through it. It got easier as I went along. It seems especially geared towards a (white, male) upper-level manager looking to do something else with his future. However, there are a number of fairly inspiring stories about particular people and their particular efforts, such as Chris Swan, who is training a new generation of "citizen engineers" at Tufts University. I would love to see a "where are they now?" addendum to the book, because ...more
I didn't fully finish this book, but I found it incredibly eye-opening in a number of ways. First of all, the new shift from a non-profit (donations-only) culture to a for-a-small-profit structure that combines business knowledge, donations and the heart of the non-profit world is pure genius. Integrating this method of active citizenship into college programs and corporations is clearly essential to our growth as a country and a culture. Secondly, I had no idea how many organizations are out th ...more
I started this book in the hopes that Tisch would offer some new ideas or insights into active citizenship. What I found was a series of narratives about programs that seem great but it wasn't what I was looking for. Around page 50, I decided that if I saw the phrase "seemingly intractable" one more time, I'd be done with the book. Then I hit page 66: "seemingly intractable." Maybe there was something great later in the book but there wasn't enough fresh or interesting going on for me to stick i ...more
Some practical tips and loads of inspiration for renewing your commitment to changing the world.... particularly through social entrepreneurship.

this is the type of book i used to read in college. so many different stories that were inspiring.
Wendy Krizmanic
In spite of its politics I like this book.
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