- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (September 26, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735211892
- ISBN-13: 978-0735211896
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals; coauthor (with Sheryl Sandberg) of Option B
“Living-wage digital work targeted to the world’s poorest people is a transformational force for good. Leila’s pioneering work in this realm is as instructive as it is inspiring. An essential read!”
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“Leila Janah’s new book is a call to action to focus on the poor not as passive recipients waiting for charity but as full human beings wanting to solve their own problems. She reminds us through powerful examples that we can all do more to enable human flourishing. And so we must.”
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“Leila Janah’s journey shows how a passion for bringing people out of poverty, a focus on education and living-wage jobs, and an entrepreneurial spirit can change the world for the better. Give Work is an honest, inspirational guide that every business can follow to create positive social impact.”
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About the Author
Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, both ventures focused on using new sourcing techniques to reduce poverty. A Harvard-educated former management consultant, she has been profiled in the New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, and Inc. She was named one of Condé Nast’s Daring 25 and Elle’s 2016 Top Women in Tech, and Samasource was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016. She lives in San Francisco.
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Check out the Samasource webpage - you'll see immediately that they're not selling charity, they're selling services - Give Work in action. And see Leila's reasoning for their use of the word Sama, detailed on page 102, "...I found the word sama, a Sanskrit word that means "equal" or "fair." Anyone who practices yoga knows that it is also the root word for many of the poses. In Arabic it means "sky:" In Hindi it's the root word for "same." I loved it. The word crystallized exactly what I wanted this company to do - give all humans an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives. We were sourcing in a way that furthered the value of sama, and so we became Samasource."
Read this book, it's is important from many perspectives. And go to a book signing, Leila is inspiring.
Leila Janah is a woman who makes good things happen and that is an understatement. In her new book you will be excited to learn about how she and other entrepreneurs are changing the world for the better. If you have ever wondered if there is hope to end world poverty, you will be happy to read about ways that are helping people right now. Impact sourcing is a way that technology can help solve global problems. Digital work is the wave of the immediate future and in this book Leila Janah explains how helping people in poverty is a moral imperative.
To be honest this book was riveting, heart-warming, compelling, enlightening and profoundly meaningful. I live to find books that help to change the world and I'd put this in the top 10 of books I've read on that subject.
Leila Janah also effortlessly weaves the story of her journey with her awareness of what it takes to heal the world. Imagine a world where no one goes to bed hungry? Can you see a world where everyone has meaningful work? Leila's explanations of refugee camps brings her point home even more. People want to work when they have opportunity.
If you are looking for stories of success you will find much to enjoy in this book. If you want to make a difference in the world, there is a lot of inspiration. Leila Janah is a force for good in the world and her story will make you believe that there is hope for change.
~The Rebecca Review
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Throughout the book, Leila highlights how a variety of business models can utilize sustainable sourcing to succeed financially while also providing a sustainable development intervention. This book builds of the principles of social enterprise and provides a ton of insight into how a modern-day nonprofit was conceived, grown, and operate. As automation looms and the gaps between rich and poor continue to widen, her message is particularly pertinent in developing a new definition of "business".
It's also interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look into Leila's journey - she takes you back multiple generations to paint a picture of the experiences, cultures, and traditions that shaped her worldview and led her to eventually found Samasource. Very interesting, highly recommend to anyone wondering about the impact they or their business can make on the world.