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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307588483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307588487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A long-time philanthropist, Loews Hotels CEO Tisch (Chocolates on the Pillow Aren't Enough) writes with contagious excitement about what he sees as a new era of civic engagement, bringing more opportunities than ever for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. From jet-set party promoter Scott Harrison, whose organization funds drinking water projects in 14 developing nations, to many other amazing people and organizations, Tisch documents a shift from volunteerism to active citizenship, less about alleviating symptoms and more about addressing root causes in problems like poverty, hunger, homelessness, and disease. In chapters like Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Citizenship, Tisch provides plentiful case studies of the model in action, showcasing the worldwide opportunities for and benefits of service. By the time a concluding list of 51 ways to "join the movement" rolls around, it's likely Tisch will have inspired readers to take him up on one of them.
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From Booklist

President Obama’s early career as a community organizer has inspired interest in citizen activism across generations and nations, according to Tisch, head of a financial holding company and major funder of a college of citizenship and public service at Tufts University. Tisch issues a call to action to move beyond volunteerism to more active citizenship, including social entrepreneurship and broader social change that involves the government and the private sector. He points to sustaining efforts such as the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh that funds modest businesses for the rural poor and the Harlem Children’s Zone’s effort to address systemic issues in providing high-quality education to the urban poor. Tisch also examines new philanthropists, including Bill Gates, who apply a business perspective to addressing global social issues. Most compelling are the profiles of lesser-known individuals: Will Allen teaching city dwellers to become urban farmers to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to “food deserts” and Scott Harrison operating a charity to build filtration systems in developing nations. Tisch offers examples of both institutions and individuals who take seriously the notion that citizens can make massive changes. --Vanessa Bush

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Wolochwianski on May 4, 2010
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I read the Kindle version of this book his morning on the train back up from DC. What sets this book apart from others in the social entrepreneurship field is its constant re-emphasis on not only what others are doing in...but what you, the reader, can also accomplish as an active and engage citizen (especially through social agenda driven organizations that allow, and even mandate by their very structure, that you get involved in a deep and authentic fashion). The overview of Scott Harrison and Charity:Water is especially illuminating because it shows how Harrison created an organization that allowed people to take something very personal (their Birthday) and use it as an organizing mechanism for building clean water wells in sub-Saharan Africa. I recommend this book both for practitioners and those wishing to learn more about the emerging "social-activism 2.0" landscape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Griswold VINE VOICE on June 22, 2010
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Citizen You is a different book from the others i've read on social business and changing the world because it makes it more accessible to the average person. Other writers speak of these broad far-reaching notions of ending global poverty, human trafficking, and the many other issues that plague our planet. Although these ideas are noble and well-meaning they are often not that constructive. Citizen You on the other hand is practical and accessible to the average person. The stories told throughout the book like Scott Harrison who helps provide water to the impoverished or the students who run the Broadway program for at risk youth in the neighborhood surrounding Tuffs University are examples of people using their own talents and gifts to make their immediate world a better place.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2011
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Required reading by some uber-liberal profs (unfortunately), this book is simply a mish-mash of Socialist tripe. If you HAVE to read it to keep the prof from failing you for "daring" to have a different viewpoint, then do what has to be done. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
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