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Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out the Best in America Hardcover – August 31, 2010
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As a young Harvard law graduate, Khazei resolved to serve his country by creating an urban organization in the style of the Peace Corps called City Year. Based in Boston, City Year has grown from a few volunteers into a massive operation with branches in 20 cities filled with young people eager to serve where they live. Khazei offers a touching memoir of what young entrepreneurs with vision can do to change not just communities but the world. Much of the book is dedicated to the pursuit of this ideal, with reference to Khazei's past efforts, Save AmeriCorps and Be the Change, allowing him to offer words of wisdom to other civically-minded would-be entrepreneurs. The late inclusion of a run for the United States Senate comes as a distraction, but may offer a further level of inspiration for readers. Khazei's Citizenship is an accessible motivational tale that is short on concrete advice but long on heart. END
Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, co-author of Built to Last
“Alan Khazei is the walking definition of a Big Citizen. One of the great entrepreneurs in America, he has created not just an idea, not just an organization, not just an impact—he has helped launch an enduring great movement that carries forth with exponential momentum. Read. Learn. Be inspired.”
Former Senator Harris Wofford
“You can read Alan Khazei's extraordinary book forward or backward, starting with his personal saga of social invention in founding City Year and becoming a major leader in the movement for national service, or you can start with his concluding section that conveys his larger vision of a Service Nation in bold detail. But read it. Khazei has rolled into one ball his rich experience and creative ideas that will challenge and inspire those ready to be big citizens, and make social entrepreneuring contagious.”
Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
“Alan Khazei connects readers with the contagious enthusiasm and great ideas of the remarkable people he has met on his own inspiring journey of empowering young people. This is a must-read for anyone committed to bettering the world on a grand scale.”
Jeff Swartz, CEO of the Timberland Company
”BIG CITIZENSHIP is not a ‘feel good’ book, not even a ‘do good’ book, but an invitation and challenge to ‘be good,’ written by one of the most accomplished social entrepreneurs of this generation—or any other generation. Alan Khazei lives the change he seeks to create, and Big Citizenship is the story telling invitation to each of us to be the Big Citizen we can each of us be.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian
“‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others,’ Robert Kennedy famously wrote, “he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.’ No one better exemplifies the truth of these words than Alan Khazei, the co-founder of City Year. In this stirring call to arms, Khazei lays out a path for the renewal of America, which should provoke conversation, debate and action.”
Brad Meltzer, author of The Tenth Justice
“Forget the debate between big and small government. BIG CITIZENSHIP gives an alternative—and far more inspiring—answer. From being one of the creators of City Year, to his work preserving AmeriCorps, Khazei knows exactly how idealism works.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor, Harvard Business School, and author of Confidence and SuperCorp
“BIG CITIZENSHIP is a brilliant tour de force and force for change. Alan Khazei masterfully weaves together a big idea for the future of America with his personal journey as a savvy leader building a successful national organization and social movement. His engaging story will both inspire and yield practical models for action."
Boston Globe, August 31, 2008
“Alan Khazei extols the virtues of volunteerism and service in “Big Citizenship,’’ a combination memoir and call to action that lays out a framework for everyday people to solve major social issues.”
Educated Quest, September 22, 2010
“A very appropriate and useful book for a student interested in public and non-profit management or an executive who is considering a role in serving others.”
Top customer reviews
Early on, recalling his childhood as the son of a hardworking immigrant family, Khazei says that as he boarded the school bus each day, his Italian-American mom would shout out, "I love you, Alan!" He was mortified, as any kid would be. "But," he continues, "I learned from her the power of unconditional love." And that's really the theme here. Love of others, love of community and country, love of freedom and all the possibilities it offers us to build a better world. In Big Citizenship, Khazei shows how to grasp that potential and DO something with it. This book isn't ultimately about him, it's about us and the enormous benefits we can reap, individually and collectively, by getting back in touch with our own idealism and putting it into practice.
A great read, highly recommended.
Despite being honest about numerous of setbacks and challenges, what I love so much Khazei and his book is that both exemplify pure, unadulterated idealism. While all too often our hyper-cynical and irony-laden society gives the impression that idealism is for fools or suckers, his book is a refreshing celebration of the concrete, real-world, positive impact of dedicating your life to improve your neighborhood, your country, or your planet. I am also delighted that he made a passionate case for entrepreneurs and all Americans getting more involved in government and politics, which I agree is absolutely vital.