Creating Room to Read

Creating Room to Read

A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

Book - 2013
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The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books.

What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as 'the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,' he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector-and succeeded spectacularly.

In his acclaimed first book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization's next steps and its latest challenges-from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help- impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.

People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood's inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man's mission to put books within every child's reach.

Publisher: London : Viking, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670015436
Characteristics: 290 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

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Jun 26, 2014

Excellent book - very inspiring! In our part of the world, books and education are taken for granted, but this book reminds us that millions of children (especially girls) in the world do not have access to books, and therefore, lack access to education. It shows what one person can accomplish when he/she follows his/her dream. A must read!

m2 Sep 16, 2013

Wow! Read this in a day and a half. Fascinating look at Room to Read duirng 2005 - 2010. (The founding of the organisation was in the book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. However, this book can stand alone nicely. He plans one more Room to Read memoir).
This is a great introduction to another way of life -- hard driving to a solution to seemingly impossible problem. It is like reading about Paul Farmer, another visionary working hard to change the world. If you ever doubt that what you do makes a difference, this is one of those great books to read.
INSPIRING!

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