How better to ring in 2011 than with a book focused on changing our world for the better?
Adult/High School–Tisch brings readers up to date on the many challenges and expanding opportunities of the 21st century’s most promising antidote to pessimism: the so-called “active-citizenship” movement. With help from business and current-affairs author Karl Weber, he presents his extensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for active citizen engagement. Citizen You, like social activism itself, is for young and old, rich and poor, post-graduate and high-school dropout, and everyone in between. The authors keep business school and other academic jargon and concepts to a necessary minimum and include fascinating, even at times gripping, stories of human achievement. By combining these accounts of active citizenship from a wide range of causes and world-wide locations with a brief, but thorough, explanation of the principles behind social activism, the authors enhance readers’ interest in and concern for the global effort to make the world a better place, one person, one neighborhood, one project at a time. It is all about moving past the handing over of fish to the hungry, as important as that often is, and teaching those same people to catch their own fish, and in turn to teach others. The book concludes with a list of 52 suggestions, with contact information, on how one might do one’s part to change the world. The list, like the book itself, is recommended for all readers and all collections.–Robert Saunderson, formerly at Berkeley Public Library, CA