Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Business of Changing Lives: How One Company Took the Information Superhighway to the Inner City Hardcover – September 1, 2009
Featured business titles
Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Learn more.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
In the book, Weis weaves together four distinct, yet interconnected stories. The first is a technology narrative, about the rise of the world wide web and ANS' contributions to building the Internet. The second is an educational story, largely about the development of ThinkQuest - an online learning platform that has led to the creation of interactive educational resources for the Internet, and has trained tens of thousands of young students in web site development, teamwork, and management skills. The third story is of philanthropy, where Weis tells about ANS and its board's role in funding, mentoring, and providing strategic and technical guidance to a select group of charities and social entrepreneurs. The last story - which is woven through the entire book - is about business; Weis writes about the innovative practices employed by ANS and the ventures he describes to create lasting technological and charitable impacts.
All four of these threads are effective, and - while each could make for a book of their own - Weis boils them down to a fun, engaging book which mixes hard facts and numbers with anecdotal stories from ANS and the charitable programs. He is at his best, and his most passionate, telling the story of ThinkQuest, which combines all four narratives into an inspiring tale about an ambitious, far-reaching, and fun new platform in education and technology. (Perhaps in the second edition, the publisher could include an index with the URLs of many of the projects described in this section.)
The fourth story in The Business of Changing Lives - that of building a new business paradigm - occassionally leaves you wanting more. Weis tells of a number of new practices and philosophies that led to innovation among and cooperation between non-profit, academic, government, and private partners. There are lessons to be learned, but in contrast to the other sections, these stories are more often told than shown.
(Additionally, Weis makes clear that the philanthropic leanings and tendencies of ANS' leadership - their proclivities to "give back" - drove the business and charitable actions of the company, and that the business was the enabler of these activities but not the driver. This is an important distinction - and while admirable, poses an obstacle for replicating this type of large-scale and high-impact charitable activity.)
Altogether, The Business of Changing Lives is inspirational, engaging, and thought-provoking. It's a quick, fun read that opens your eyes to some important educational and technological stories and about the big impact that a relatively small institution could have.
I think this success story is yet another classic American tale of ingenuity and hard work. And then for these generous geniuses to become social entrepreneurs and GIVE IT ALL AWAY again speaks to something in which the U.S. is a world leader -- helping others through philanthropy. ANS certainly serves as a model to the world in more ways than one.