Good Minds Suggest: Kathleen Kelly Janus' Books to Make the World Better

Posted by Goodreads on January 1, 2018
Kathleen Kelly Janus

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For the past five years, Stanford lecturer and Spark co-founder Kathleen Kelly Janus has traveled the country, visiting the founders, leadership teams, and funders of dozens of social entrepreneurships, both newcomers and veterans in the field, including the leaders of Teach for America, City Year, DonorsChoose, and charity:water.

The result is her new book, Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference, a guidebook for how to succeed in the nonprofit sector. It features Janus' findings, detailing best practices for testing ideas, funding experimentation, leading collectively, and storytelling with purpose. Social Startup Success is a social entrepreneurship's essential playbook, the first definitive guide to solving the problem of nonprofit scale.

"In these uncertain times, when so many social problems are not only persisting but in many cases worsening, we need every bit of creativity and determination to find better solutions," says Janus. "The good news is that we can all play a part to make the world a better place. These books both inspire us as well as provide practical tools that we can all use to give back to our local and global community."

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"In this gripping story, Braun recounts how one interaction on a study abroad trip completely transformed his life. This book is an inspiring guide for how to transform serendipity into action."


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"A remarkable account of Dr. Burke Harris' journey to find a cure for toxic stress in children and a compelling case for how we can all be advocates for the rights of children."


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"An extraordinary story about a girl who took a stand for what was right and inspired a generation of women and girls globally by her actions."


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"Peter Singer reminds us that eradicating world poverty is within our reach and makes a strong case for why we should all be doing more for those who are suffering most in our world."


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"By showing us the full gamut of the ways that we can give back, with lively stories and practical advice, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen reminds us that giving starts with all of us, right now."


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message 1: by Rick (new)

Rick O'Reilly I only enjoy books that are amusing, please suggest a few


message 2: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Hennessey Perhaps try a different thread. This is about making the world a better place not amusing the reader!


message 3: by Walter (new)

Walter Seiler I enjoy information and education and thus - judging from my own amusement - I would recommend books like those that are in this list. Social startup success in particular.
Vera Birkenbihl comes to mind - in my opinion the one author that best combines professional competence (learning theory especially) and a witty style.
Try some of her videos first.


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