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See how John Wood came to start Room to Read and write Leaving Microsoft to Change the World in this video clip: high bandwidth or low bandwidth
Instead of being the antidote to the rat race, that trip convinced John Wood to divert the boundless energy he was devoting to Microsoft into a cause that desperately needed to be addressed. While visiting a remote Nepalese school, Wood learned that the students had few books in their library. When he offered to run a book drive to provide the school with books, his idea was met with polite skepticism. After all, no matter how well-intentioned, why would a successful software executive take valuable time out of his life and gather books for an impoverished school?
But John Wood did return to that school and with thousands of books bundled on the back of a yak. And at that moment, Wood made the decision to walk away from Microsoft and create Room to Read-an organization that has donated more than 1.2 million books, established more than 2,600 libraries and 200 schools, and sent 1,700 girls to school on scholarship-ultimately touching the lives of 875,000 children with the lifelong gift of education.
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World chronicles John Wood's struggle to find a meaningful outlet for his managerial talents and entrepreneurial zeal. For every high-achiever who has ever wondered what life might be like giving back, Wood offers a vivid, emotional, and absorbing tale of how to take the lessons learned at a hard-charging company like Microsoft and apply them to one of the world's most pressing problems: the lack of basic literacy.
A very good book to read. The author describes situation of people in Nepal and Vietnam in a great detail.Published 23 days ago by Pramod Ghimire
I was expecting the full book by John wood not an adapted version by another authorPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you like business, traveling or if you are any sort of a good human being, you must read this!Published 2 months ago by Ryan Hogan
Referred by a friend and finished it by non-stop reading. What John did 16 years ago still inspired me today. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William L
I read John Wood's book while on a business trip eight years ago. Seated facing my division's SVP on the corporate jet for a cross-country flight, I lost myself in Wood's story... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pea Dot