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Acupuncture Points Are Holes: a Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship Paperback – April 12, 2017
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Lisa's efforts have created profound benefits for people all over the world. If you want to be inspired, read this book!
(full disclosure: I've been actively motivated by Lisa's clear, honest writing and unrelenting drive for over 10 years. I've made a successful living exclusively from practicing community acupuncture based on the open sharing of these ideas and it is a great, expanding joy!)
Now, if you want to know more, I'm going to gush!
The refreshing personal honesty and incisive exploration of social entrepreneurship in this book make it a must read for anyone thinking of starting a community business, and, of course, for potential and current acupuncture students, who by definition must become entrepreneurs. This the grit behind the glory (if there is any glory beyond the inherent rewards of meaningful, sustaining work). There is no guru in this story, no links to expensive motivational seminars or bulleted lists for easy-does-it business building. This a real story about a real person, the origins of the community acupuncture business model and the movement built around it, some pearls of wisdom, and important questions about healthcare, profit and how to re-imagine capitalism.
Owning any business is so hard, but the motivation needed to work in small healthcare businesses dedicated to addressing the needs of the non-1% masses and the truly marginalized in our societies needs to be rock solid. This book explores the origins of this motivation, the raw need to access the strengths and solidarity of people working together to survive and thrive, create systems that work, ask the hard questions, and help provide real access to healthcare for more of our communities. It highlights an enormous love and respect for those she recognizes as mutual partners (patients! practitioners! communities!) to create a way when there was no way, to recognize people too often left out, to hold a healthcare profession accountable to the people it is meant to be helping, based on the simple idea that we all deserve respectful care and sustainable economies. Millions of treatments per year in community clinics around the country and world are the simple yet life-changing reward.
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A treatise with a transparent history and a solid plan.Read more