A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
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An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad—a road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be.
In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with a donation of $5 or $5 million, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.
With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initiatives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can’t make a difference.
We meet people like Dr. Gary Slutkin, who developed his landmark Cure Violence program to combat inner-city conflicts in the United States by applying principles of epidemiology; Lester Strong, who left a career as a high-powered television anchor to run an organization bringing in older Americans to tutor students in public schools across the country; MIT development economist Esther Duflo, whose pioneering studies of aid effectiveness have revealed new truths about, among other things, the power of hope; and Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, who are transforming Kenya’s most notorious slum by expanding educational opportunities for girls.
A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return. Kristof and WuDunn know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face today. Here they offer a timely beacon of hope for our collective future.
that raised eyebrows: raising money to donate to needy kids in America. “We wanted to give the kids a sense of empowerment,” explains Deborah Eriksson, the executive director of Restore International, which oversees the academy. “We wanted to switch the idea from they are just beneficiaries of help to ‘I am strong enough, I can give.’ ” Bob Goff and students at the Restore Leadership Academy in Uganda The academy chose as its target charity The Mentoring Project, which is based in Portland,
http://www.americaspromise.org/press-release/more-300-business-leaders-and-organizations-44-states-sign-letter-asking-lawmakers A Summer Springboard for Kids two-thirds of the achievement gap: Karl Alexander from Johns Hopkins has done extensive research on the summer slide in the Beginning School Study. See Karl L. Alexander, Doris R. Entwisle, and Linda Steffel Olson, “Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap,” American Sociological Review 72 (April 2007): 167–80.
Achievement Tests: The GED and the Role of Character in American Life (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014). Mischel conducted further research on self-control: For an extensive follow-up on the preschool children assessed between 1968 and 1974, see Yuichi Shoda, Walter Mischel, and Philip K. Peake, “Predicting Adolescent Cognitive and Self-Regulatory Competencies from Preschool Delay of Gratification: Identifying Diagnostic Conditions,” Developmental Psychology 26, no. 6 (1990): 978–86.
and haul them to the town market to sell, and on his first day of trading he cleared more than $3. He began to grow and sell vegetables, and showed promise as a businessman. Biti Rose had been depositing her savings in the village savings and loan, and now she withdrew $100 to try something new with Alfred. They purchased fertilizer for their patch of peanuts, allowing them to increase their yield from the customary one or two bags of peanuts to seven bags. “It was our first time to have such a
Cancer Society. People sometimes think that they can ensure money is well spent if they donate to a religious cause. That may explain the success of Paul and Janice Crouch, a married couple who used donations from well-meaning Christians to help build Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television network. The Crouches pulled in $93 million in donations in 2010 alone, adding to more than $800 million in assets they had accumulated with the help of viewers over several