Activism

book review: Be A Changemaker

changemaker_jacket_r3.inddTitle: Be A Changemaker: How To Start Something That Matters

Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

Publisher: Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster

Complimentary copy provided by: NetGalley

Rating: A+ for content (C+ for formatting)

Release date: 9/9/2014

 

Publisher’s Description:

We’ve had the civil rights movement and the women’s movement—now it’s time for the youth movement.

When Divine Bradley was seventeen, he just wanted a safe place to hang out away from gangs and violence, and Team Revolution was born. At age eleven, Jessica Markowitz learned that girls in Rwanda are often not allowed to attend school, and Richard’s Rwanda took shape. During his sophomore year of high school, Zach Steinfeld put his love of baking to good use and started the Baking for Breast Cancer Club.

Gone are the days when kids were supposed to be “seen and not heard.” Today, youth everywhere are rising up, building new organizations, and creating the changes they want to see in their communities and around the world. Be a Changemaker gives readers the tools and confidence they need to affect real change. Readers will learn how to:

– Research ideas
– Build a strong and passionate team
– Create a business plan
– Enlist a savvy adult
– Plan events
– Work with the media
– And more!

Plus, profiles of youth-led social organizations show readers that it’s never too early to become a changemaker.

My Thoughts:

Another great gem from NetGalley! In Be A Changemaker: Start Something That Matters, author Laurie Ann Thompson encourages youth to engage the world by connecting with their passion and doing something productive with it, in this case, launching a social venture aimed at changing the world in some way. Love it!

The strength of this book is that it clearly communicates a positive message to youth. That message is twofold: your voice matters and your participation in creating a more just and positive world matters. The author guides youth through the process of identifying an area of passion and then walks readers through the steps of establishing a social venture business fueled by the identified passion based on a commitment to help others. From forming a Board, to marketing and fundraising strategies, to developing a business plan and forming a team, Ms. Thompson provides very practical advice and tools for turning passion into vision and vision into a social venture.

May this book spark a revolution in the youth of today to become activists in many arenas. May this book equip a new generation with the skills to engage the issues and challenges in the world with confidence and optimism. May this book provide an avenue for the next generation to fuel their passion for a more just world in such authentic ways that communities around the world are transformed through a myriad of social ventures that impact lives for the better.

(I received a complimentary copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Formatting Critique:

As a Kindle Paperwhite user, I encountered the following formatting issues (which may be addressed and corrected by the time this book is published in September 2014):

  • Letters are randomly missing (f, th, t, w, …) on every page. For the most part it’s simple enough to fill in the blanks but enough challenges occurred to cause frustration. I almost pitched the read based on the formatting, not the content. If I had been aware the review copy was an “uncorrected reader’s proof” I may have passed up the opportunity.
  • Initially I was unable to advance or return pages (it would skip entire chapters or two at a time) but this issue disappeared all together the third time I opened it to resume reading.
  • I am unable to view embedded images, pictures, charts or graphs.

About the Author

Laurie Ann Thompson cofounded a successful Internet start-up with her husband during the technology boom. She has volunteered with Youth Venture, an organization that supports teens with big ideas, and she makes time for other volunteer opportunities as they arise. Thompson has more than twenty-five published articles in Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, ParentMap, and more. Visit her at LaurieThompson.com. – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Laurie-Ann-Thompson/414428270#sthash.PldbzOxs.dpuf

laurie-ann-thompsonLaurie Ann Thompson cofounded a successful Internet start-up with her husband during the technology boom. She has volunteered with Youth Venture, an organization that supports teens with big ideas, and she makes time for other volunteer opportunities as they arise. Thompson has more than twenty-five published articles in Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, ParentMap, and more.

Connect with Laurie Ann Thompson on her website: http://lauriethompson.com

 

Laurie Ann Thompson cofounded a successful Internet start-up with her husband during the technology boom. She has volunteered with Youth Venture, an organization that supports teens with big ideas, and she makes time for other volunteer opportunities as they arise. Thompson has more than twenty-five published articles in Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, ParentMap, and more. Visit her at LaurieThompson.com. – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Laurie-Ann-Thompson/414428270#sthash.PldbzOxs.dpufhttp://lauriethompson.com/

 

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