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The Idealist.org Handbook to Building a Better World: How to Turn Your Good Intentions into Actions that Make a Difference Paperback – Bargain Price, March 3, 2009
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The Idealist.org Handbook to Building a Better World helps idealists of all ages to assess and identify their interests and motivations, and provides the tools, strategies, and inspiration to become engaged and active citizens.
Jon McConnell, Associate Director for Public Service Education, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University
Given the explosion of interest in trying to make a differencethrough offering time, talent, or treasure this book provides compelling, easy-to-follow guidance on how to turn good intentions into effective world- changing actions.
Kevin F.F. Quigley, President, National Peace Corps Association
At once practical and inspirational, this book asks the simple but penetrating questions: Are you an idealist? If so, what are you going to do about it? A must-read for anyone interested in making a difference, changing their life and communityin short, building a better world.
Patrick Corvington, Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
This has to be the single best book for those who want to translate good intentions into action. Whoever you are, whatever you are doing, this book will empower you to help make this world a better place. A must- read for idealists everywhere!
Bill Alberta, Associate Director, Cornell Career Services
Idealist.orgs website has been a powerhouse of information and knowledge for over a decade, and this new book captures and shares those resources with anyone who has ever hoped to make a difference. This book should prevent the idealist in anyone from becoming a pessimistic realist.
Beth Olson, Associate Director, Center for Career Education, Columbia University
The Idealist.org Handbook to Building a Better World shows us how to consider making a difference in unconventional ways . The most empowering message from the experts at Idealist.org is that building a better world through taking action is possible, no matter how small that action may be.
Linda Arra, Director, Career Services, Lafayette College
This book is an outstanding resource for anyone who wants to make a difference but is not sure how to begin. This down-to-earth, highly informative book is useful both to beginning job seekers and experienced professionals considering a career change. I highly recommend this book.
Dee Thompson, Director, Career Center, Portland State University
About the Author
Idealist.org, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995, facilitates connections between individuals and institutions that are interested in improving their communities.
Stephanie Land was a book editor in New York City before becoming a freelance writer and editor.