Give Work

Give Work : Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time

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Charity is not the answer. Work is. Leila Janah, social entrepreneur and founder ofSamasource, is shaping the future of business: give work and access to income,and empower the world's most destitute citizens with the resources to change theirlives forever.When asked if they'd rather receive aid or work, the world's poorest peoplechoose work every time. According to Leila Janah, giving dignified, steady,fair-wage work is the most effective way to eradicate poverty. Samasource, anonprofit she founded with the express purpose of outsourcing work from thetech industry to the bottom billions, has provided over $10 million in directincome to tens of thousands of people the world had written off, changing thetrajectory of their lives for the better. Janah and her team go into the world'spoorest communities--from the refugee camps of Kenya to rural Arkansas to theblighted neighborhoods of California--and train people to do digital work fromcompanies like Google, Walmart, and Microsoft.Picking up where Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid leaves off, Give Work debunkstraditional and cutting edge aid models and literature--and then, critically, offerssolutions. Based on Janah's firsthand experience, from a school for the blind inGhana to the World Bank, she has tested various Give Work business models in allcorners of the world, offering a blueprint to change it for good. AHarvard-educated former management consultant, Janah shares herentrepreneurial journey as well as the poignant stories of thousands who havebenefited from Samasource's work.We can end extreme poverty. And in Give Work, Leila Janah shows readers thatthe best way is to give people economic agency through work. Give work and yougive the poorest people on the planet a chance at happiness. Give work, and yougive people the freedom to choose how to develop their own communities. Givework, and you create infinite more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 161 x 237 x 22mm | 472g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Prentice Hall Press
  • Nw Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0735211892
  • 9780735211896
  • 110,411

About Leila Janah

Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, both ventures focused on using new sourcing techniques to reduce poverty. A Harvard-educated former management consultant, she has been profiled in the New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, and Inc. She was named one of Conde Nast's Daring 25 and Elle's 2016 Top Women in Tech, and Samasource was named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies of 2016. She lives in San Francisco. www.leilajanah.comshow more

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"An audacious, inspiring, and practical book about how to drive meaningful change. Leila shows how it's possible to build a successful business that lifts people out of poverty--not by giving them money but by giving them work. It's required reading for anyone who's passionate about solving real problems." --Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals; coauthor (with Sheryl Sandberg) of Option B "Living-wage digital work targeted to the world's poorest people is a transformational force for good. Leila's pioneering work in this realm is as instructive as it is inspiring. An essential read!" --Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn; coauthor of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age "Leila Janah's new book is a call to action to focus on the poor not as passive recipients waiting for charity but as full human beings wanting to solve their own problems. She reminds us through powerful examples that we can all do more to enable human flourishing. And so we must." --Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen "Leila Janah's journey shows how a passion for bringing people out of poverty, a focus on education and living-wage jobs, and an entrepreneurial spirit can change the world for the better. Give Work is an honest, inspirational guide that every business can follow to create positive social impact." --Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce "Give Work is required reading for anyone who wants to make a difference in the world." --Chip Bergh, CEO, Levi Strauss & Co. "A provocative book that challenges while offering hope and a big vision for tapping the full potential of the poor in a globally interdependent world. In the process, Leila powerfully points to the possibility of overcoming poverty and unleashing an extraordinary force for good." --Michelle Nunn, CEO, CAREshow more

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