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Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? (edition 2013)

by Jim Ziolkowski (Author)

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Title:Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?
Authors:Jim Ziolkowski (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2013), Edition: First Edition, 272 pages
Collections:Non-Fiction, Your library

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Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? by Jim Ziolkowski



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Although there were many times I thought the author was a naive idiot, I also felt he was noble in his venture to be the change. Education is something the United Nations believe is a right of every human being, but is not happening due to poverty. Jim Ziolkowski had a promsing career with GE he decided to leave the corporate world to create the organization buildOn. BuildOn is a organization that turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad and to build schools in the poorest of countries. So far students have contributed over 1 million community service hours and over 500 schools have been built from Detroit and the South Bronx to Haiti, Mali and Nepal. These schools have helped to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations and transformed communities.

This book is about faith in spirit and an idea that propels Jim and thousands of young people who made the decision to step up, step forward and make a difference. Check out their website www.buildOn.org to learn more about what they have accomplished and their future plans.

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I was a little disappointed when he recounts his visit in South Africa during apartheid that he did not protest the death of the Amy Biehl by militant anti apartheid mob. Especially due to her being a anti apartheid activist. Not to mention you nearly got yourself killed as well as your host. Extremely cavalier with the lives of others by not making yourself aware of the customs, politics and taboos of the places you visited.

I did enjoy the "Never Give Up" poem from the Dalai Lama and the quotes by Frederick Douglas "If there is no struggle, there is no progress" and of course Mother Teresa "Do small things with great love."

And maybe that is it if you put to much thought into the risks then who will be left to make the difference. I do believe that community service should be a bigger part of our educational system and that giving back to communities.

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  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
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"The powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski, the man behind the organization buildOn--which turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad--and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time.Jim Ziolkowski gave uphis career in corporate finance to create buildOn, a service-oriented program that goes into high-risk areas around the world to work with students in their communities. Under Jim's leadership, buildOn volunteers have contributed more than 850,000 hours of community service, and the organization has constructed more than 430 schools worldwide, from the South Bronx, to Detroit, Chicago, and Oakland, to Haiti, Senegal, Nicaragua, and Nepal.Walk in Their Shoes is packed with the ingredients of a powerful bestseller as it traces Jim's story from his transformation from a thrill-seeking twenty-something backpacker, to a Harlem-based idealist trying to launch a not-for-profit organization, and finally to the head of buildOn.Ziolkowski compellingly chronicles his exciting story of worldwide travel and adventure, creating a moving portrait of the power of faith, teamwork, and the boundless potential of the human spirit. Blessed with relentless optimism and an unshakable faith, both of which have fortified his commitment to the poor and the underprivileged, Jim Ziolkowski's inspirational memoir reveals that helping and empathizing with others can help--and heal--ourselves. "--… (more)

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