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Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government, 20th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Sam Daley-Harris , Muhammad Yunus
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Book Description

Most people see working to end global poverty and ensure a stable climate as a fool s errand. Add to that the Citizens United decision and the flood of money rushing into politics and the despair grows deeper. But activist and author Sam Daley-Harris has helped thousands of ordinary citizens transform from hopeless bystanders to powerful advocates.

This 20th anniversary edition has a new chapter on the groundbreaking work of Citizens Climate Lobby, an increasingly powerful new advocacy group following the RESULTS model, and another new chapter on the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, a new initiative focused on spreading the original concepts developed by RESULTS.


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Many of the world s problems, including poverty, poor health, and ignorance are correctable. In Reclaiming Our Democracy, Sam Daley-Harris shows us how to take action to eliminate these problems. And he provides a road map for global involvement in planning a better future. --President Jimmy Carter

[T]his book…is about uncovering and then lighting up the unquenchable desire in each of us to make a difference in the world. It is about providing a powerful structure of support so that our courage is what drives us, not our fear. That is why this 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy is so critically important. --Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus

Sam Daley-Harris has the unique ability to bring beauty and joy to the stories of citizen movements...It is rare that one reads a book on such serious topics but with so much engagement and fun. I highly recommend it. --Zainab Salbi, Founder Women for Women

. --This 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy provides a prophetic voice that shows how organizations can go much deeper in their empowerment so that citizens can go much deeper in their stand for justice for the poor and for God s creation. Read it, share it and discover new possibilities. --David Beckam, President Bread for the World

This 20th anniversary Edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy reminds us that we really all can do something to save the world.--Carolyn Miles, President & CEO Save the Children.

This book is about more than reclaiming our democracy: it is about reclaiming the soul of citizenship.-- Bill Shore, Founder & CEO Share Our Strenght

I applaud Daley-Harris for drawing attention to the fact that individuals who care about these issues seek opportunities for personal empowerment and that sustained, thoughtful engagement with advocates has a significant impact on advancing policies that ultimately create real change in the world.--Helene Gayle, MD, MPH, President and CEO CARE

Reclaiming Our Democracy both inspires and gives us tools for a civil, and yet more effective participation in public discourse.--Rev. John L. McCullough, President & CE) Church World Service

This updated version is even more important today than when it was first published. It is a must read for everyone who cares about the future and takes the responsibilities of citizenship seriously.--Melanie Verveer, US Ambassador For Global Women's Issues (2009-2013)

The story behind RESULTS is truly remarkable and has as much power today in the climate fight and the remarkable work of the Citizens Climate Lobby as it did 25 years ago when RESULTS started empowering citizens to make a big difference on seemingly intractable problems like hunger and child mortality. ----Jeff Nesbit, CEO Climate Nexus

Sam Daley-Harris has the unique ability to bring beauty and joy to the stories of citizen movements...It is rare that one reads a book on such serious topics but with so much engagement and fun. I highly recommend it. --Zainab Salbi, Founder Women for Women

. --This 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy provides a prophetic voice that shows how organizations can go much deeper in their empowerment so that citizens can go much deeper in their stand for justice for the poor and for God s creation. Read it, share it and discover new possibilities. --David Beckam, President Bread for the World

This 20th anniversary Edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy reminds us that we really all can do something to save the world.--Carolyn Miles, President & CEO Save the Children.

This book is about more than reclaiming our democracy: it is about reclaiming the soul of citizenship.-- Bill Shore, Founder & CEO Share Our Strenght

applaud Daley-Harris for drawing attention to the fact that individuals who care about these issues seek opportunities for personal empowerment and that sustained, thoughtful engagement with advocates has a significant impact on advancing policies that ultimately create real change in the world.--Helene Gayle, MD, MPH, President and CEO CARE

Reclaiming Our Democracy both inspires and gives us tools for a civil, and yet more effective participation in public discourse.--Rev. John L. McCullough, President & CE) Church World Service

This updated version is even more important today than when it was first published. It is a must read for everyone who cares about the future and takes the responsibilities of citizenship seriously.--Melanie Verveer, US Ambassador For Global Women's Issues (2009-2013)

The story behind RESULTS is truly remarkable and has as much power today in the climate fight and the remarkable work of the Citizens Climate Lobby as it did 25 years ago when RESULTS started empowering citizens to make a big difference on seemingly intractable problems like hunger and child mortality. ----Jeff Nesbit, CEO Climate Nexus

The story behind RESULTS…has as much power today in the climate fight and the remarkable work of the Citizens Climate Lobby as it did 25 years ago when RESULTS started empowering citizens to make a big difference on seemingly intractable problems like hunger and child mortality. --Jeff Nesbitt, CEO, Climate Nexus

About the Author

Sam Daley-Harris founded RESULTS in 1980, the Microcredit Summit in 1995, and the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation in 2012. He began coaching the founder of Citizens Climate Lobby in the months prior to its launch in 2007. Ashoka founder Bill Drayton has called him one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades.

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  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Camino Books, Inc.; 20th Anniversary Edition edition (August 22, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
We live in a world where it appears those who are in charge are unable to make decisions and evoke the kind of change in the world that can make things better for we the people. It is at times like this, however, that we have to be reminded of the power we all have to change things around us, and it all begins with a decision. In RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY author Sam Daley-Harris talks about the formation of RESULTS and how he has been able to rally people together to tackle the issue of poverty and hopelessness. The book shows us through this edition that this is not always an easy topic to discuss, but we can all work together to do our part in helping those around us. Sam also reminds us that at the end of the day we the people are in the drivers seat and have to do our part.

Can we make a difference and change people's lives? Yes we can, but it all begins with a decision and then the follow-up action. RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY also gives us tools to use as we are speaking with others and trying to share the information that can lead to lives being saved and much-needed care being provided to those who need it.

If you are not ready to do your part then maybe this book isn't for you. If you are committed to helping others and trying to find the best way to impact the world around you then RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY is a a great way to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming Our Democracy Demystifies Creating Change November 11, 2013
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Reclaiming Our Democracy is a wake up call for Americans and anyone living in a democracy. Many people think that voting and electing our government officials is democracy. But Sam Daley-Harris points out that without deeper engagement we will never get our elected officials to do the people's business--we will never get them to address the issues of poverty, economic opportunity, climate change, access to education and healthcare, or anything else we care about.

The great thing about this book is that it provides everything, absolutely everything someone would want to know about creating change, though the path isn't an easy one. The book does not propose a theory--it provides real proof that engaging in our democracy with tenacity and support does create change.

RESULTS and CCL are great examples of how this works. RESULTS has over 30 years of experience and success, and CCL has started quickly and is demonstrating that, in less than 5 years, the RESULTS model of engagement can work on any issue. Reclaiming Our Democracy proves that we can create change on any issue, no matter how large. Whether it be poverty, climate change, or any other issue facing us, when people engage in relationship building with knowledge, persistence, passion, and compassion, there is no stopping us.

Reclaiming Our Democracy should be read by anyone who has felt cynical and powerless about our world, as well as those who are actively engaged in changing some part of the world but looking for a way to be more effective.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awakening Read October 1, 2013
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Reclaiming Our Democracy is one of a very few books that changed the direction of my life. It is a handbook for contribution on a national and global scale. It describes the reason for and the method of RESULTS, the international citizens organization that lobbies for more and better humanitarian foreign assistance. Between 1991 and 1994, before finding RESULTS, I raised $720,000 for microcredit loans in the poorest countries of Central America, Ecuador and Peru.In those same three years, RESULTS partners lobbying Congress raised $200 million dollars for microcredit loans. For those of us who want our lives to count (that's everybody), Reclaiming Our Democracy is an awakening read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Antidote to Cynicism and Despair December 17, 2013
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Reclaiming Our Democracy is both practical and inspiring. It is an antidote to cynicism and despair. The book tells how a group of ordinary citizens achieved extraordinary things to reduce poverty and hunger. It goes into the history, strategy, and efforts of RESULTS. It wasn’t easy, but the “conventional wisdom” of hopelessness was proven wrong time and time again.

The idea that elected officials respond to what their constituents want is not just a theory. This book explains in detail how it can be done. But it takes organization, preparation, persistence and support.

Both RESULTS and Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) have used the same methodology. I personally have seen it work with respect to CCL. I’m engaged and empowered. A group of like-minded people have met our member of Congress, and we are in communication with him. Moreover, I am confident that organized citizens can make a difference.

As another reviewer said, “If you have passion for helping to build a better world, this is a must read! If you work for an organization or cause, you REALLY must read it.”
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taught me climate legislation is my responsibility October 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Daley-Harris's examples of how citizens can educate their Senators and Representatives taught me more about how our government works than all my school classes. If our Government doesn't legislate to reduce emissions and slow climate change, then it is our fault.
A very empowering attitude to take in the face of the enormous problems climate change presents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is really a landmark book. The narrative, strategy and stories offer a prescription for how we can bring about a more healthy world. Many of the examples deal with hunger, poverty, climate change, but any issue would fit. This is a smart and inspiring book. If you have passion for helping to build a better world, this is a must read! If you work for an organization or cause, you REALLY must read it. Check it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Reclaiming Our Democracy" will help anyone wanting to make...
"Reclaiming Our Democracy" is a manifesto for social change and citizen engagement for the 21st-century. Read more
Published 9 days ago by David Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Be empowered!
I think the very essence of this book can be found on page 8 where Sam, in the telling of his story and the beginning of RESULTS (a grassroots lobbying organization) states:... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming Our Democracy is an inspiring book.
Reclaiming Our Democracy is an inspiring book. I read it as a member of Citizens Climate Lobby. This book is a history of the founding and pathways of RESULTS, and also the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Handler
5.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming our Democracy: An important tool for building citizen...
Sam Daley-Harris' analysis is compelling and bang-on: as detailed in Reclaiming our Democracy, citizen advocacy is key to bringing about meaningful social change. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jean-francois tardif
5.0 out of 5 stars This book's title says it all. READ IT!
Sam Daley Harris has devoted his life to the rest of us. Reclaiming Democracy is a massive case study of how ordinary citizens can be empowered to take back our government from... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Harold H
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is Needed
This is a well written book. I am just at the beginning. This man really cares about our country. Fantastic!
Published 4 months ago by Robert J.
5.0 out of 5 stars SAVING LIVES - A BOOK THAT SHOWS YOU HOW
I still remember one of the greatest feelings I have had in my life, when I saved the lives of two young girls (ages 7 and 6) from drowning, when I was just 16. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bobby D
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories of ordinary citizens becoming effective lobbyists
I was ten when I saw the images of the Ethiopian famine on tv and the plight of the extreme poor has never left my mind since then. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Baskin
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