TITLE: Live Like You Give a Damn!: Join the Changemaking Celebration
AUTHOR: Tom Sine
PUBLISHER: Eugene OR: Cascade Books, 2016, (pages).
They set off with a tour to help us sample the various changemaking celebrations happening in cities. In San Francisco, Sine was awed by the many events on Social Entrepreneurship geared toward reducing the poverty and injustice in society. He describes two streams: "Social Entrepreneurship" and "Community Empowerment." The former focuses on the improvement of social enterprises to scale well so as to have a positive social and environmental impact. The latter enables neighbourhoods to create sustained and mutual places where communities can flourish as people. Like Aaron Jones who started Fikay Eco Fashion which not only hires local women at twice the hourly rate but equips them with skills for life. While Jones focuses on concrete wallets, Katie Metzger and Danielle launch Same Thread to enable women to do Thai fabrics and natural dyes at respectable wages. Even the well-known Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York has entered the changemaking wave. Other imaginative ventures include Jessie Mehrhoff who started a group called "Green Teens" that are ambassadors for environmental care to advocate more recycling, more composting, and more reusing of the earth's limited resources.
Changemakers are those who are able to identify new opportunities in changing environments; to define a sense of purpose when engaging on the new opportunity; and to develop innovative ways to engage those new opportunities. What really makes this book up close and personal is the many conversations the author has with such changemakers. He applies these ideas to community building; to social enterprises; to non-profits like churches; and also to personal and purposeful living. It is Sine's way of showing us that we all have much to learn from the Millennial generations. If we can catch a bit of the wave of energy and innovations they have, we are poised for being changemakers ourselves.
Sine has a very optimistic view of the next generation, which is important. Far too often, the older generations have unwittingly allowed pessimism and sarcasm to dominate most discussion about the young. We have all heard about the dwindling number of youths in churches; the apathy of young people toward traditions; the seemingly individualistic and materialistic modern career minded yuppie; and so on. It is time to burst out of such a bubble and to see the other side of the vibrancy and energy of the young. Sine has done us all a favour by giving us a positive and enthusiastic applause of what the Millennial generation is doing. We have much to learn. I think the most important point I take away from this book is the need for humility. The humility to learn not just from the young but from anyone. Learning is more about the attitude of the heart than anything else. When we are humble, we can learn well.
Rating: 4 stars of 5.
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