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"How can you resist a book that’s both chock full of brilliant insights from creative thinkers and has as its mission the end of a killer disease? Read, pray, love."
--Stew Friedman, author of Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life and Practice Professor at the Wharton School

"End Malaria
succeeds wildly on so many levels. First of all, one of my favorite thought leaders has given me his wisdom on doing Great Work (and I have already re-read and shared several times his excellent essay "I'm Scarred"). Secondly, he has brought me the wisdom of his extended tribe of peers and friends. I like the company he keeps. Lastly, but most profoundly, it gets something important done now. How often can you feed your brain and soul and save a life at the same time? I'm going to buy a stack and give them to those I love. Oh, and I'm going to save a life each time. Now that's Great Work!”
--Michael Leckie, VP EXP, Gartner

"Hurray for Michael Bungay Stanier and all of the wonderful contributors to End Malaria.  This is an outstanding compilation of some of the best thinking of our times—worth the read for that reason alone.  But there’s more: almost all of the profits from this book will be directed toward ending malaria, a killer disease that is far too often forgotten by those of us in the “north and west”.  On a very personal level, I hope you all buy this book.  Our young niece, Vivien Mwengwe, died of malaria a few weeks ago.  We are all so terribly sad, she was a beautiful, strong young woman who should be alive today.  Her death was tragic and unexpected…but not out of the ordinary.  My husband, Eddy Mwelwa, is from Zambia.  Many of our family members are there, so malaria is something we hear about and fear—all the time.  Malaria is a curse, taking its toll on the young, the old, and the just-ready-for a great life, like our beautiful niece.  We can end it.  We must.  Read this book and learn.  Read this book and know that you are making a difference to our family, and to the people of the world."
--Annie McKee, co-author of Primal Leadership & Founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute

From the Author

A Q&A with Michael Bungay Stanier, Senior Partner at Box of Crayons and Editor of End Malaria

Question: Michael, how did you get the idea for this project?

Michael Bungay Stanier: In my last book, Do More Great Work, I talk about the power of focusing on a "Great Work Project" to channel your energy and focus on doing Great Work--the work that you care about, the work that makes a difference, the work that matters.

So in the middle of 2010, I sat down to ask myself what my Great Work Project would be, and the idea for the first version of this book appeared.

Question: The first version?

Michael Bungay Stanier: It's gone through quite a few iterations. First, it was going to be just an ebook that would be free (and hopefully viral), with requests to donate baked into it. Then it turned into a book, but I couldn't quite figure out how to get the money from the sales to the charity. And then finally into what it is today.

Question: Why malaria?

Michael Bungay Stanier: When I was thinking about my Great Work Project, I thought about having an impact at a global scale. That was fairly overwhelming, but I did some research and found that $10--the cost of a mosquito net--is the cheapest unit of global change.

Malaria is a scourge--a child dies of it every 45 seconds--and nowhere more so than in Africa. For $10, you can save lives. I though I could try and raise $10 per book. (And of course, we're actually raising twice that.)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Domino Project (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936719282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936719280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats." George Orwell

Michael was banned from his high school reunion for "the balloon incident", was sued by one of his Law School lecturers for defamation, gave himself a concussion digging a hole as a laborer, was fired on his first shift as a garage attendant and has held a number of jobs where he had little or no impact.

Luckily, there's also been some upside. He is the author of a number of successful books including: 'End Malaria' (which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Malaria No More), 'Do More Great Work', 'Get Unstuck & Get Going" and 'Great Work Provocations.' He is co-creator of 'Presentation Genius' (108 levers to give you the best chance to increase the impact and usefulness of your meetings, presentations or workshops). He is also the founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons (, was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and a Rhodes Scholar.

Before Box of Crayons, he was the first employee for what is now the world's largest independent innovation agency, and while most of what he invented never saw the light of day, he did have a hand in Pizza Hut's stuffed crust pizza. He has also spent time as a change management consultant where he batted about average for the industry for really successful change projects - 10% or so. His only lasting impact in this role was writing the global vision for GlaxoSmithKline, something that has lasted more than a decade even though it took almost no time at all to create.

Box of Crayons is a company that helps organizations around the world do less Good Work and more Great Work. They have particular expertise with organizations in the financial, professional service, pharmaceutical and consumer goods market sectors, and particular success with organizations with engaged but overwhelmed employees. Box of Crayons' premier product is the Coaching for Great Work program which gives time-stretched managers and leaders practical coaching skills that stick. It is delivered by a global cadre of program leaders.

Michael also created The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun (, a short internet movie seen by millions, and other movies seen by a lot fewer people (The 5¾ Questions You've Been Avoiding, Great Work Alchemy and 11 Words for 2011).

Michael speaks regularly to audiences around the world. Highlights include speaking at Google, the HRPA and SHRM conferences, the Rural Women of Manitoba conference and anywhere that's vaguely warm during wintertime in Toronto, his home.

"If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I'm doing, I'd pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren't willing to admit we know yet."
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lordlancaster on September 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're a fan of Seth Godin and other motivational, inspirational writers then you will find 'End Malaria' a real treat.

Packed full of short essays, tips and insights from over 60 of the world's leading thinkers and business brains, the purpose of this book is not only to inspire and engage the reader to bigger and better things in their own life but to actually participate in a much higher purpose by saving the lives of others.

Released on 7th September 2011 as part of 'End Malaria Day' - $20 dollars (around £12 GBP) from each physical copy sold (and the full amount of each Kindle version) will be donated to 'Malaria No More', an international advocacy organisation on a mission to end malaria-related deaths by 2015. This money will be used to pay for mosquito nets which are proven to be one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce deaths and increase life expectancy in malaria-ridden countries.

Please buy this book and play your part in saving lives today.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Morris on September 6, 2011
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This book contains great contributions from smart authors -- they'll inspire you to do better work, become an artist and a leader, and truly make an impact in the world. I loved it, and that's a fact. But to be honest, that's not why you should buy it.

Almost anyone reading this can spare $20. If you can't (and please think seriously about it if you think that's the case), you can afford 20 minutes of emailing and tweeting and blogging about it. Every sale of this book saves lives -- real people's lives -- and that makes it a no brainer. If 100,000 books get sold, 4 million lives get saved. You have no excuse to bow out; your internet connection suggests that your life is full of luxuries that most of us will likely take for granted. $20 is a few cups of coffee. Buy the book. Benefit from the content. And make the difference.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Guillebeau on September 7, 2011
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Mosquitoes have always had a thing for my wife Jolie. When she contracted malaria, we lived on a hospital ship in West Africa. During two bed-ridden weeks, she was well-cared for--eventually making a complete recovery and remembering to wear bug spray more often. Unfortunately, many others aren't as lucky. Let's end malaria for everyone. This book can help.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carter B. Gibson on September 7, 2011
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Read down the list of 62 authors contributing essays to this book. Did you? If you are like me then you have probably read books by at least 20 of these people, follow all of them on Twitter, and read and tag nearly every blog post they produce. This is a fantastic collection of wisdom from some of the brightest minds thinking today. This alone is worth the price of admission. I've already pulled a few nuggets of wisdom from these pages and that was just a cursory pass.

Knowledge and improvement aside, this book also adds the component of social good. The vast majority of the money earned on this book (100% of the Kindle addition!) goes to fight Malaria. How can you do better today than saving a life?

Help others, improve your life, and buy this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mollie Marti on September 6, 2011
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This book is a difference maker.

It is a difference maker with its content, filled with strong, wise, diverse, experienced voices that will inspire and guide you toward growing a more sustainable business, becoming a stronger leader, and making a bigger impact.

It is a difference maker in its mission. Its core goal is to end the plight of those who suffer and die from malaria.
High quality substance to help you live your best life design combined with generous humanitarian aid to save the lives of our brothers and sisters who suffer through no choice of their own.

This is innovative great work that calls for each of us to support it best we can.

Mollie Marti, JD, PhD
Author of "WALKING WITH JUSTICE: Uncommon Lessons from One of Life's Greatest Mentors"
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melissa G Wilson on September 6, 2011
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I will start out by sharing that I am part of the Domino Street Team who helps promote books. It's hard to keep up with the many books that Seth brings to the public along with my day job of running a publishing and author coaching firm. However, I did take my holiday weekend and read this book. I found it to be strong and insightful--filled with a variety of stories that build the themes of leadership, making a difference, inspiration and business artistry, to name a few.

However, what is amazing about this book goes well beyond its individual chapters. It is really about the BIG IDEA at its core. It's about ENDING the terrible plight of people who get Malaria and die as a result. I know I would be one of the people as I am so allergic to insect bites that I would not last a night in the conditions many people in our world suffer through every day. Further, the BIG IDEA presented by the author here is so compelling that I already bought four books for the presenters I asked to participate in a panel I am hosting next week for a worldwide event, Social Media Week ([...]), a free event that had 200,000 people involved last year.

So, here is the logic of this book. What if 10,000 people buy the book resulting in two million people getting the help they need to save their lives? So the equation here is: Books + Caring + Brilliant Author-Thought Leaders + Creativity + Connection + Viralness = Saving Peoples' Lives! Awesome!
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