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Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World Paperback – February 28, 2012
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“Society has many names for those of us determined to rethink, reimagine and rebuild the world. But the labels do little to resolve the confusion within you about what specifically you are called to do--or how you might actually get paid to do it. Within this small book are many of the tools you need to identify and build on in order to overcome your doubts and transform both yourself and the world around you. Making money and affecting positive change in this new economy are not mutually exclusive--in fact, they are very much connected. Rebuilding this economy is not just a technological challenge, it is a moral challenge. Only this generation is diverse enough, loving enough, determined enough, and connected enough to meet the true moral challenge that we face. This inspiring and practical book explains how to take some of these incredible assets our civilization has developed and shows us, step by step, how to redirect them for good.” —Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream
“If you take this book with the seriousness it deserves, it will change you and you will change the world. I'm usually dubious of 'self-help' books; this is something entirely different--far deeper, and far far more useful.” —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, co-founder of 350.org
“A manifesto and map for a generation desperate for jobs. Making Good shows readers not so much how they can find any old job, but more how you can create a career path that can generate meaning, purpose and money.” —Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, founder of Get America Working!
“Dev Aujla and Billy Parish have written a practical, inspiring, quietly subversive guide that speaks directly to this generation's desire to create their own economy and become their own heroes.” —Anya Kamenetz, senior writer at Fast Company, author of Generation Debt and DIY U
“Dev and Billy are two of the brightest lights in the coming transformation, the great turning. This emerging reimagination of what it means to be human at a time when every living system is failing. Making Good is a personal, taut, authentic, how-to-do-it care manual for the active, idealistic, and pragmatic. It is a powerfully instructive, even canonical, for a generation born into a crazy quilt world of conflict and corporate dominance who want to do more than speak truth to power, a generation that is bringing power to the truth.” —Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism
“Making Good is a motivating and practical guide for the personal desire, and global urgency, to align our economics with our well-being.” —Josh Thome, National Geographic Emerging Explorer + 4REAL TV Series Creator
“Billy Parish and Dev Aujla embarked on a remarkably ambitious book. Not content to educate and mobilize on global warming and social justice, they have written a 'how to' book for ethical living in a corrupt economy. It is a practical guide to ensure that 'making a living' does not compromise 'having a life.' Making Good could change the world.” —Sara Horowitz, president of Freelancers Union
“This is not only the real deal--it has to be one of the most important and essential reads of today. What you can learn here will help create the positive shifts we all so desperately crave.” —David de Rothschild, author of The Global Warming Survival Handbook, founder of Adventure Ecology
“My generation, I'm afraid, has let our dear country go into steep decline, but Making Good by two of our brightest young people offers solid hope for rebirth. It does that the only true and lasting way, by inspiring people at the personal level to a new way of thinking, living and working.” —Gus Speth, former administrator of United Nations Development Program
“The current unemployment crisis is enough to get anyone down, but Parish and Aujla are here to brighten the gloomy atmosphere. Where others see hopelessness, they see opportunity. This enthusiastic handbook urges the jobless and the underemployed to venture out, virtually skip the corporate world all together and embrace the power of 'non-linear' career paths...A fresh way to look at the challenges facing job seekers today.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Highly recommended. An uplifting primer filled with practical insights for students who want to effect global change without sacrificing personal financial security or stability. The business acumen, leadership skills, as well as real-life examples illustrated here draw a compelling picture of careers that combine purpose and sustainable security.” —Library Journal
“Social entrepreneurs Parish and Aujla provide an informative and engaging look at how to make the world a better place while simultaneously earning a living...Parish and Aujla make a convincing case for this growing trend, but their greatest contribution centers around monetizing social commitments and turning them into jobs...the authors offer practical strategies and identify four common stages that all will encounter...Geared toward helping readers find satisfaction in work that reflects their principles, this book shows that you don't have to compromise to earn a living by doing good.” —Publishers Weekly
“A huge percentage of Millennials would dedicate themselves to changing the world if they could figure out how to earn a living doing it. In MAKING GOOD, activists and entreprenuers Billy Parish and Dev Aujla share their own stories and the stories of countless others who have turned their passions into careers.” —BizEd Magazine
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If the quality of this book is any indication of the quality of the author's non profit organizational work, I would be surprised if these organizations are doing anything significant.
Unfortunately, there are a great many books that are not worth reading and a great many nonprofit organizations that do very little real good. They exist to employ people who might otherwise be unemployed. It takes hard work and discrimination to find the really good books and organizations. I don't question the good intentions of many of the authors of these books or founders of these organization but I am reminded of that famous quote -- the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Midwest Independent Research, educational websites. Progressives, mwir-progressives.blogspot. There is a book list here.
They point out that the business models in every industry are broken and "almost every aspect of our world is being rethought, redesigned and rebuilt in a way that does good for the world." All that disruption is creating new opportunites and new jobs, and Aujla and Parrish provide some very practical advice on how to find those opportunities, how to connect with others on the same path, how to mobilize people and resources, and how to design and launch a new social enterprise.
The best books inspire both thought *and* action. This is one of those books. When you're done reading, you'll realize that you have no excuses left. The time to connect (or re-connect) your job with your passions and values is now. The time to launch your new social enterprise is now. You have all the talent, time and resources you need.