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Work On Purpose Paperback – April 19, 2011
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By stressing both the element of head and heart that is required of social entrepreneurs, Galinsky invites us to imagine a bolder form of traditional social work, in which the commitment of a Mother Teresa is married to the organizational spirit of a Sam Walton. In this era when neither government nor private business—and least of all Wall Street—seem fully capable of addressing the need for economic development and social change, the stories of Andrew, Cheryl, Mardie, Mark and Socheata offer resounding evidence that a single person can indeed make a difference.” Roger Lowenstein, financial writer and author of The End of Wall Street
Work on Purpose fills the gap between the great ambitions of social entrepreneurs and the day to day execution that powers the changes they hope to bring about. The book profiles exciting young people as they go through the process of bringing new world-changing projects to life. Its mandatory reading for those who want to translate idealism into action. Alexander Haislip, Editor of Journal of Impact Investing On my flight back to Chicago I read the book and found it well constructed, easy to read, very interesting and inspiring. Although it was written for college students, I found myself wondering about my next career. I have ordered 10 copies for nieces and nephews. -Jane Gately
“To be a social entrepreneur is a journey of the heart. This book reveals the inner story.” -Michael Margolis
Media Mentions Givology features Lara Galinsky as a guest speaker in a video on the subject of working on purpose. June 8, 2011
BNET, the CBS Interactive Business Network, features Lara Galinsky as a guest contributor highlighting Work on Purpose. June 7, 2011
wSocial Velocity writes about Work on Purpose: Indeed, there is increasing interest and energy among the millennial generation to create a career around solving social problems. This book encourages that trend and helps people make it a reality. May 25, 2011
Bowdoin Daily Sun writes that Work on Purpose is “merging passion and profession.” May 24, 2011
GOOD tells readers that Work on Purpose can help them determine “what kind of work you would do if you could pick any job on earth.” May 23, 2011
Common Good Careers writes that Work on Purpose “suggests a rather spiritual approach to career planning.” May 23, 2011
See Change Magazine writes: “Work on Purpose will help you discover who you are and where you are meant to be. For anyone who is looking to bring purpose into, and get fulfillment from their work, this is a must-read.” May 19, 2011 Have Fun Do Good writes: “When I graduated from college, I was a mess. Id gained all kinds of knowledge and ideals, but had no idea how to use them in the real world. I knew I wanted to make a difference, but didnt how. I wish Id had a book like Work on Purpose by Echoing Greens Senior Vice President, Lara Galinsky, with Kelly Nuxoll.” May 17, 2011
Care2 writes: “Over the years, Galinsky has seen many a young person with a bold idea for changing the world walk through her door. After all, her organization has awarded more than 500 social entrepreneurs working in over 40 countries with $30 million in start up funding. Along the way shes developed some pretty strong and savvy ideas about how to get from A-Z.” May 17, 2011 Galleycat names Work on Purpose one of their “hand-picked titles.” May 6, 2011
WesLive reports that Work on Purpose asks “thought-provoking questions to inspire readers to apply the lessons in the book to their own lives.” May 3, 2011
Jobsinfortwayne.com writes: “If you’re looking to find something more than “just a job,” Work on Purpose might just provide the answers you’re looking for…. Through the stories of these role models and their formula for finding your own best fit, the authors hope to help you navigate the difficult journey of choosing a career that truly fulfills you.” April 29, 2011 BNET, the CBS Interactive Business Network, writes: “Galinsky’s new book, Work on Purpose, argues that passion is a necessary component for a career that allows your talents to shine.” April 26, 2011
The Idealist.org Podcast calls Work on Purpose an “inspiring new career guide for social impact work.” April 25, 2011 Dowser.org writes: “…you can really feel the impact of that individual’s journey and see the transformation…” April 20, 2011
CareerHubBlog.org writes: “The secret to success recommended by authors Lara Galinsky and Kelly Nuxoll is a simple formula: Look into your heart to clarify your passion and interests, chart a plan with your head and then hustle to make it happen. Or to keep it simple: heart, head, hustle.” April 20, 2011
SheWrites.com writes: “How can I converge my values with how I spend my time? That is the bottom line of the book it’s not about how to start something new. It is about how to contribute.” April 20, 2011
GOOD writes: “Our friends at the nonprofit Echoing Green have been a behind-the-scenes force for social change for more than twenty years now…So, the Senior Vice President of Echoing Green, Lara Galinsky is offering to help one GOOD reader find their path with a one-hour intensive career coaching session.” April 21, 2011
Feminsting.com writes about Work on Purpose: “Good stories, good jobs.”April 11, 2011
About the Author
Lara Galinsky is Senior Vice President of Echoing Green, the perfect laboratory in which to study meaningful work. With the mission to unleash the next generation of talent to solve the world s biggest problems, Echoing Green offers seed funding fellowships to the world s most promising social entrepreneurs. Over the last two decades, Echoing Green has invested $30 million in funding to 500 visionaries from around the world. Galinsky serves as board chair of StartingBloc and is a board member for the Fast Forward Fund.
Before joining Echoing Green, Galinsky served as Do Something s national program director, working with 20,000 educators and 4 million young people to get involved in service learning and community service projects. There, she created the BRICK Award, now called the Do Something Award, to identify and financially support these young leaders. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and Coro Leadership New York. Galinsky is also the co-author of Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact (2007).
Kelly Nuxoll is a writer living in Washington, DC. Nuxoll writes about politics, American culture, and books for the Huffington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Voice of America, among other media outlets. She consults for education and international development nonprofits. Nuxoll has a BA in African Studies from Yale and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University.