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How to do well when you’re doing good: inspiring and provocative experiences of do gooders

“Compelling stories teach all who seek to improve the lives of the poor that lasting gains can only be achieved by respecting, learning from and working with those in need.”
—Richard Schmalensee, Dean Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management

“When wisdom speaks, we would do well to list
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Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Two Harbors Press
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Christina Mitchell
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Before I begin this review, please know I am aware I am a white woman and because of my education I am placed in the middle-class by U.S. standards (though I wish this would leak to my bank account). My understanding of my reality easily influences what I encounter, as it does for other individuals. Thus, I know my understanding is a privileged understanding. On top of this, I research the nonprofit sector typically in regions where there is or has been violent conflict often placing me in areas ...more
M Christopher
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was blessed to meet the authors and hear them speak on this book before I ever read it as they are friends of dear friends of mine (Sandy & Helen Havens). It wasn't just the personal connection that made me want to read the book, either. Ms. Newton and Ms. Early are experienced nonprofit workers and volunteers, both of whom have spent extensive time with NGOs in Guatemala. This book is the distillation of those years of experience and is an invaluable manual for anyone who feels called to ...more
Jacque
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely the book to read if you are thinking of volunteering to "do good" in a developing country. The stories here were all shared by volunteers in Guatemala.
Tanya
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book - one that I'd love for all my board members to read! It does such a good job of describing potential unintended consequences of development work and also gives constructive advice about what to do, not just what not to do. Working with people not for them, meeting people with respect and humility, and listening to locals who know the context, culture, politics, and expectations, can all lead to programs that actually help, while also keeping the dignity and humanity of ...more
John Costello
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to John by: friend
My wife and I both read this book, as we are and have been involved on Boards of Directors and as volunteers at various non-profits in our community. Of particular interest to me was the strong articulation of the need to always ask and listen for the real needs and participation of those to be "served" by your efforts. "Doing Good" consistently delivers that message and I need to be consistently reminded. An excellent book by two writers with valuable years in the trenches.
Pam Mooney
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with the research backing up the content of this book. The discussion questions are phenomenal for in class as well as for content experts to have an open dialogue. I love books that make me think - and then think again. Thanks so much! A good read!
Michelle Olms
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Rachel
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I always enjoy books that encourage me to think a bit differently about a topic. This book will certainly spark new thoughts in readers about volunteering.
Sally
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for a person who gives money and/or time locally and globally.
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Connie Newton and Fran Early have spent their lifetimes committed to service, as board members, donors and everyday volunteers at home and abroad. They’ve worked in intercultural education, community organizing, corporate service, sociology research and human rights, and have spent the last seven years researching this book. Continue the conversation at www.doinggoodsayswho.com