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40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World Paperback – October 21, 2014
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Legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son in 2006 when he announced he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy Howard G Buffett set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security And Howard has given himself a deadline 40 years to put more than 3 billion to work on this challenge 40 Chances captures Howard s journey Book jacket With a foreword by Warren Buffett 40 Chances is an inspiring manifesto both an informative guidebook and a catalyst for igniting real changes Booklist in the struggle against world hunger If someone granted you 3 billion to accomplish something great in the world what would you do In 2006 legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son Howard G Buffett Howard set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security And Howard gave himself a deadline 40 years to put the resources to work on this challenge 40 Chances Finding Hope in a Hungry World captures Howard s journey Beginning with his love for farming we join him around the world as he seeks out new approaches to ease the suffering of so many Each of the 40 stories here provides a compelling look at the lessons Howard learned ranging from his own backyard to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth But this message goes beyond the pages of this book it s also a mindset a way of thinking that speaks to every person wanting to make a difference It s about reasons to hope and actions we can take 40 Chances recounts Howard s personal and professional experiences in surprisingly candid and colorful fashion successfully blending personal stories with a tough look at the struggle to fight domestic food scarcity and world hunger A satisfying read Publishers Weekly that provides inspiration to transform each of our limited chances into opportunities to change th
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I have known about Warren Buffet for quite a while and had bought my father, a retired banker, Snowball which he read and advised me to also read, but I knew little of his children and grandchildren. I was sitting in Hamburg eating my lunch watching Piers Morgan, which I came in half way through and saw the three generations of Buffets and heard about the book 40 Chances and by the time the interview was finished I had downloaded the book to my Kindle.
I was born in outback Australia and grew up in country NSW for the first 10 years of my life and although I was then a city child I have a connection to the country. Having seen first hand what happens to soil with traditional tilling I believe H G B and H W B are on the right track. Thanks also for letting us know what others are doing in this field. It was good to hear about the failures as well as the successes as failure leads to better outcomes next time and it is good that failures can be seen as a learning exercise and not a blame game.
I am now going to buy 2 more copies of this book in paper form for my father who grew up on a dairy farm and my for brother a high school geography teacher who I am sure will read this book and spread the word.
Thanks to all the Buffets for appearing on CNN for otherwise I may not have known about this book and wouldn't have read it. You have given me the power to help spread the word buy being able to talk to others about this book and to also give this book to others to spread the word. Who knows to where it will lead. I hope to an answer to world hunger and food security for all and I sincerely hope that one day you will put yourself out of work in this area and move on to something else that needs big picture thinkers. I give this book 5 stars and recommend it as a must read for anyone who cares about what happens to our world.
Regardless, the son of a famous billionaire was given a billion dollars to start a foundation. This book is filled with stories from his trips around the world trying to help the less fortunate farm better. There is a lot a name dropping of Presidents and celebrities. I had a hard time getting past the ideas of a guy flying all over the world (probably by private jet when possible) trying to figure out how his billions can help farmers. He may know how to farm in Nebraska, but once again exporting american ideas has proven to be egotistical and essentially ignorant. "Doing things smarter", "working with locals", "reduce the bureaucracy", "understanding cultural differences", are not revolutionary concepts to try and solve the problems of NGOs, foreign aid, or charities. It felt like the author was given play money, and although means well, this book documents his little adventures. Apart from being rich, and doing a little farming, he's not an expert on aid, or international development. ( He'd probably agree with this.) Sure, he means well and is at least trying to spend the foundation's money in a helpful way. But to be given a seat of the Board of Coke makes no sense. To have his son to appointed to special boards with no actual life experience, except for being Warren Buffet's grandson, also make no sense.
This is not a bad book, just not worth the time.
In the midst of economic and leadership struggles we admire folks like Howard and Warren Buffett who spot solutions and toss talent, promise and resources into leading innovative change.
We're drawn to those who guide the most vulnerable among us into a finer place. We find such inspiration page-after-page in Howard Buffett's inspiring new book, "Forty Chances."
We read first hand here, how to hone hope into state-of-the-art tools. From the first narrative we hear the clock ticking with the Buffets, who begin to build optimism by reshaping prosperity for those who've all but given up. Those who recognize the human brain's proclivity to progress, will also spot dozens of ways in this classic volume to act simply - and persist successfully - on the other side of loss.
Regardless of challenges we all face in tough climates of loss and change we find doable inspiration to move forward. With each bare-boned story of struggle we dip into what Buffet shows to be brilliant brainpower for the worst of times.
Here at the Mita International Brain Center, we've admired the integrity, care and forward thinking genius that exists in the Buffett family. Yet this book shows a unique compassion for those left at the fringes as our fast paced advancements too often tread down on the most vulnerable among us.
Rather than live above heart-wrenching difficulties that so many face daily in their struggle to feed families or get well, the Buffets become the change they seek. Bravo!
This book's hub connects us globally - far beyond simply "treating others as we'd like to be treated." We're inspired to run with passion. We're called to help save the world from poverty and hunger that kills hope and assassinates any sense of wonder or worth that we can all achieve together.
Philanthropy in the Buffet clan, shows itself to be playfully alive, well- packed with a humorous punch - and cast well in Buffett's family dream of alleviating world hunger.
We all relate in some areas of our lives to the book's maxim that when we receive much we are required to give back more. So sign me up for the Buffett's well articulated plan to help end world hunger and poverty over the next century. No question, alongside the Buffet's impressive $3 billion offerings to ramp up food and water security, my own offering seems shockingly small.
Yet the hope and delight I see in Buffett's new book, "Forty Chances" offers a new glimpse of refreshing opportunities for each of us to participate in this adventure. Imagine the human and divine legacy - as together we help end global hunger!
Through each chapter of the book I found myself adding brain based underpinnings to showcase Buffet's riveting mix of 40 humorous, heart-breaking and inspired vignettes. Much like recent brain discoveries show value in the anatomy of hope, Buffet shows how life improves when we act from within genuine and lived compassion for all.
Stories in this book follow Buffet's willingness to stand on front lines, and step beyond challenges to overcome sometime daunting odds. We needn't all travel to his "lost" cities where people "once wondered where their next meal would come from" to see how together we can help lift people beyond food insecurity. We see brokenness from every global corner, compelling us to invest more in others.
As Buffett models brilliantly and also suggests how to roll out practical ways to impact the world positively, we contrast current leadership approaches we've cultivated. With his reminder and our own observations that bureaucracy rarely comes up with the provisions it promises, and rarely solves complex problems it confronts, we can feel daunted by our inabilities to make a difference.
Yet Buffett convinces us to focus together on the outcomes many crave! Rather than settle for tired programs, policies and traditions, this life-changing book woos us to operate from where we stand, but with far larger promises in mind.
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