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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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Broadway Books (first published 2010)
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Jackie
Apr 07, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle
May 22, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
As someone engaged in communities and service at a high level, I had mixed feelings about this book. I think that if I were looking for inspiration or how to get involved, it would have been a great primer. That being said, the author's scope was a bit too high level and a bit too upper middle class involved. Those of us who can't afford a world class education at Tufts or afford to switch careers in our middle age, might feel that service is a bit out of reach for them. Even the perspectives on ...more
Sara
Nov 24, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather
Sep 30, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donovanme
Sep 26, 2015 Donovanme rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't suggest this book. The author doesn't delve deep enough into each subtopic. "Think about volunteering your time if you have a specialty. Think about working in the public service. Grameen... Yunus started a micro-lending bank. Bill and Melinda Gates... work for a non-profit before you retire. Omama is awesome for exploiting technology blah blah blah." But that's it. Example after example of people who are successful without any explication or special sauce on how to do it.
Sarah
Mar 10, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some practical tips and loads of inspiration for renewing your commitment to changing the world.... particularly through social entrepreneurship.

Tami
Sep 22, 2010 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
this is the type of book i used to read in college. so many different stories that were inspiring.
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