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Change The World For Ten Bucks [Paperback]

We Are What We Do
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July 14 2009

The big problems of the world cause the average person to be paralyzed, thinking that big issues need big solutions, and nothing they can do will make a difference anyway...

But actions do make a difference. Mahatma Gandhi said: "We must be the change we want to see in the world." In the same spirit, Change the World for Ten Bucks outlines fifty simple, everyday actions that everyone can do to make a difference, such as:

  • take public transport
  • decline plastic bags where possible
  • plant a tree
  • read a story with a child
  • introduce yourself to your neighbors
  • watch less TV
  • write to someone who inspires you
  • hug someone
  • shop locally
  • fit at least one energy saving light bulb, or
  • join something!

The first step on the way to creating a social superbrand called We Are What We Do, Change the World for Ten Bucks aims to create a global community of people who are what they do. It started in the UK, has launched in Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Austria - and Canada is next. Worldwide, over 900,000 copies are in print!

Full-color, full of fun, and not-for-profit, Change the World for Ten Bucks is the start of something new...

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We Are What We Do is a movement started in the UK and permeating quickly around the world. Based on Mahatma Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in the world," their intent is to show that a simple shift in attitudes and day-to-day behavior can change the world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for self or great gift. Dec 18 2006
I love this book. It manages to be fun and inspirational all at once! If you want to know how you can make a difference to this planet and the community you live in, this is the book to have. It made me laugh and cry!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good motiviational stepping stone April 3 2007
By Lillian
Change The World For 10 Bucks was first published Great Britain (2004) by Shorts Books Ltd as Change the World For a Fiver, and was recently adapted for a Canadian audience through New Society Publishers in 2006. New Society Publishers is renowned and highly respected in the industry as a company that focuses on books that teach sustainability, improve lifestyle and forward environmental causes.

When I received the (2007) Winter Issue of Canadian Teacher Magazine - which featured a book that I co-wrote with my husband, Trash Talk, and this book, Change the World - I was so excited to send a request for a review copy of this book. The back cover text contains a similar message to what we used for in the first paragraph of Trash Talk?s back cover text and this called me like a magnet. The more information like this that we can provide individuals will certainly reverse negative feelings about our lives and the impact we have on the environment.

Unfortunately, I was less impressed when I actually received Change the World and began the review process and actually wondered if the reviewers on the back cover were paid for their services.

For one thing, I just could not figure out the age group or the audience the authors are aiming to reach. The promotions for the book claim it is a book for everyone, yet the pages are designed for an audience of young children; the illustrations are certainly appropriate for children no older than perhaps 5 years. Large cartoon-like drawings and occasional images and text flow over both full-color pages, so that the book can be held up to a group while reading. Some of the ideas are simple and appropriate for young readers - such as 'smile' or 'make someone laugh'.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways." -- Proverbs 8:32

Children are natural world improvers. They like to help. But they often don't know what they can do. The idea of listing and illustrating a series of actions that youngsters can take to improve the world is a commendable idea.

This book doesn't, however, carry off the concept well enough. Some of the content isn't child safe (such as the encouragement for people of the opposite sex to bathe with one another as illustrated with the suggestion). A lot of the content is standard conservation that doesn't exactly need a two page spread. And in the spirit of conversation, you can use a lot fewer resources by providing this material as Web content rather than as a book.
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