Giving: How Each Of Us Can Change The World

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read By Grammy Award Winner Bill Clinton: Here, From Bill Clinton, Is A Call To Action. Giving Is An Inspiring Look At How Each Of Us Can Change The World. First, It Reveals The Extraordinary And Innovative Efforts Now Being Made By Companies And Organizations And By Individuals To Solve Problems And Save Lives Both Down The Street And Around The World. Then It Urges Us To Seek Out What Each Of Us, Regardless Of Income, Available Time, Age, And Skills, Can Do To Help, To Give People A Chance To Live Out Their Dreams. Bill Clinton Shares His Own Experiences And Those Of Other Givers, Representing A Global Flood Tide Of Nongovernmental, Nonprofit Activity. These Remarkable Stories Demonstrate That Gifts Of Time, Skills, Things, And Ideas Are As Important And Effective As Contributions Of Money.

from Bill And Melinda Gates To A Six-year-old California Girl Named Mckenzie Steiner, Who Organized And Supervised Drives To Clean Up The Beach In Her Community, Clinton...

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the Former President Provides Dozens Of Effective And Communicable Examples Of Giving. I Wrote This Book To Encourage You To Give Whatever You Can, Because Everyone Can Give Something. And There's So Much To Be Done, Down The Street And Around The World, He Writes. For Clinton (my Life, 2004), Giving Is The Right Thing To Do; Acts Of Unfettered Goodwill Promote Harmony And Trust. Writing In An Unhurried Style, The Author Doesn't Chide Or Prod The Reader, But Simply Provides Numerous Examples Of Giving Of All Kinds, Whether It Be A Multimillion-dollar Gift Or The Simple Donation Of An Old, Unused Saxophone To A School Music Program. Bill Gates, Bono And Tiger Woods May Grab The Headlines, But Clinton Is Especially Concerned With The Giver Of Modest Gifts Or What Little Spare Time They Have. To That Effect, Clinton Quotes Warren Buffett, Who Recently Gave $30 Billion To The Gates Foundation: My Gift Is Nothing . . . .the People I Really Admire Are The Small Donors Who Give Up A Movie Or A Restaurant Meal To Help Needier People. Clinton Inspires By Pointing The Way And Introducing A Company Of Givers. If You Know How To Tie A Fishing Fly, Teach Someone Else. If You're Appalled By The Trash On The Sidewalk Or Your Local Beach, Pick It Up-or, Better, Organize A Sustaining Drive To Keep The Area Clean. If You Own A Business, Consider Hiring Someone On Welfare Or With A Disability. Also, Says Clinton, Think About Injecting Your Giving With A Dash Of Humor-down In His Home State, There's An Annual Raccoon Supper To Equip The Local Football Team; Clinton Advises Using Plenty Of Barbecue Sauce On The Meat. He Goes On To Suggest Participation In Something As Profound As Seeds Of Peace, Whichbrings Together Young People Of Different Religious And Ethnic Groups Long At Odds With One Another. An Important Message Conveyed With A Light Touch. First Printing Of 750,000

Author : Bill Clinton

Publisher : Knopf

Published Year : 2007

Format : Hardcover, 256 pages

Dimensions : 5.89 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.05 (d)

ISBN : 0307266745

ISBN13 : 9780307266743

Overview :

GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World is an inspiring look at how individual endeavors can save lives and solve problems, and it offers compelling examples of both citizen and corporate activism at work in the world today. The book will go on sale nationwide September 24 with a first printing of 750,000 copies. It will be published simultaneously as an ebook, as a Large Print Edition, and as a Random House Audio book, read by the author. Additionally, a portion of President Clinton's proceeds from the book will be donated to charities and nonprofits that are doing their part to change the world.

"I’ve done my best in this book to demonstrate what I’ve seen firsthand through my Foundation's work in Africa and around the world: that all kinds of giving can make a profoundly positive difference," said President Clinton. "The amount of good that so many individuals and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been able to do has proven to me that almost everyone--regardless of income, available time, age, and skills--can do something useful for others and, in the process, strengthen the fabric of our shared humanity."

GIVING highlights the work of a number of extraordinary people and organizations--some famous, as well as many private citizens whom readers will be hearing about for the first time--all of whom represent a global floodtide of nongovernmental nonprofit activity. Their remarkable stories suggest that the act of giving takes many forms, and emphasizes that offerings of time, skills, objects, and ideas can be just as important as contributions of money.

Clinton writes about the life-changing aspect of giving---of men and women who traded in their corporate careers, and the fulfillment they now experience through their new efforts and associations. He also examines, in a chapter on organizing markets for the public good, progressive companies that do good work: going green; opening markets for the under-served in disadvantaged communities; hiring people who were once on welfare; and promoting fair wages and decent working conditions for all. Clinton addresses the role of government, suggesting that when it works well, citizen service can reinforce and supplement its efforts; when it doesn’t, citizens need to harness time, money, knowledge, and skills in an effort to change, improve, or protect government policy. He outlines what we as individuals can do, the steps we can all take, how much we should consider giving, and why our giving is so important.

"Bill Clinton’s actions and deeds during his post-presidential years, both directly and through his foundation, have had an extraordinary impact on the lives of millions," said Mehta. "His new book suggests that all of us can have a profound influence on the lives of others through acts of giving. I believe this book has the power to change both our outlook and our communities, and will make a real contribution towards turning the world into a better place."

President Clinton’s previous book, My Life, was published by Knopf in 2004. It remains one of the bestselling memoirs of all time.