End Malaria Paperback – Sep 6 2011
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Michael Bungay Stanier: In my last book, Do More Great Work, I talk about the power of focusing on a "Great Work Project" to channel your energy and focus on doing Great Work--the work that you care about, the work that makes a difference, the work that matters.
So in the middle of 2010, I sat down to ask myself what my Great Work Project would be, and the idea for the first version of this book appeared.
Question: The first version?
Michael Bungay Stanier: It's gone through quite a few iterations. First, it was going to be just an ebook that would be free (and hopefully viral), with requests to donate baked into it. Then it turned into a book, but I couldn't quite figure out how to get the money from the sales to the charity. And then finally into what it is today.
Question: Why malaria?
Michael Bungay Stanier: When I was thinking about my Great Work Project, I thought about having an impact at a global scale. That was fairly overwhelming, but I did some research and found that $10--the cost of a mosquito net--is the cheapest unit of global change.
Malaria is a scourge--a child dies of it every 45 seconds--and nowhere more so than in Africa. For $10, you can save lives. I though I could try and raise $10 per book. (And of course, we're actually raising twice that.)
About the Author
In addition to editing this collection, Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of several books including, Do More Great Work. Michael is also a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences. Recently he spoke at the SHRM, the OD Network, and the International Coaching Federation conferences. Before founding Box of Crayons, an executive coaching firm working with organizations that do great work, Michael was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He holds a Masters of Philosophy from Oxford, and law and arts degrees with highest honors from the Australian National University.
Michael Bungay Stanier has commissioned a most impressive list of contributors for End Malaria. In this collection you will find essays by 62 of leading names in business: Alan Webber, Alexandra Levit, Andy Smith, Barry Schwartz, Bill Jensen, Brené Brown, Charlene Li, Chris Brogan, Chris Guillebeau, Dan Pink, Danielle LaPorte, Dave Ramsey, David Allen, David Rock, Daymond John, Derek Sivers, Elleen McDargh, Gary E. Knell, Gary Vaynerchuk, Gina Trapani, Gopi Kallayi, Gwen Bell, Jeff Jarvis, Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner, Jon Acuff, Jonah Lehrer, Jonathan Fields, Josh Kaufman, Josh Linkner, Keith Ferrazzi, Lauryn Ballesteros, Les McKeown, Lynda Gratton, Melissa Daimler, Michael Bungay Stanier, Mitch Joel, Nancy Duarte, Nicholas Carr, Nilofer Merchant, Pam Slim, Patrick Lencioni, Premal Shah, Rich Fernandez, Robert Biswas-Diener, Roger Martin, Ryan Vanderbilt, Sally Bonneywell/ Kim Laffery/ Sue Cruise, Sally Hogshead, Scott Belsky, Scott Stratten, Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson, Steph Irwin Corker, Tom Peters, Tony Schwartz, Kevin Kelly, Richard E. Lapchick, Stephen Johnson, Scott Case, Jessica Hagy, and Ashley Furniture.
Top Customer Reviews
With regard to the book I expected useful, insightful information from a varied group of business thinkers and I found exactly that-the pages are packed with great ideas. Each contributor has delivered practical food for thought and ideas on how to shake up our perception on how we work. The beauty of End Malaria is that you can pick it up, read a section (think, plan, implement or simply muse!) put it back down and return to read from another author whenever you want!
62 authors contributed useful, inspirational gems to this little book as a way to raise money to fight malaria. By May 2012, it raised over $300,000.
As Seth Godin said: "62 authors contributed their insights and their guts to this anthology. It's provoked new ideas, started conversations and saved the lives of countless kids. All because editor Michael Bungay Stanier stood up, and people listened."
Besides being a superb source of daily inspiration, it is a provocative demonstration of the power of an idea when packaged in an ebook.
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Packed full of short essays, tips and insights from over 60 of the world's leading thinkers and business brains, the purpose of this book is not only to inspire and engage the reader to bigger and better things in their own life but to actually participate in a much higher purpose by saving the lives of others.
Released on 7th September 2011 as part of 'End Malaria Day' - $20 dollars (around £12 GBP) from each physical copy sold (and the full amount of each Kindle version) will be donated to 'Malaria No More', an international advocacy organisation on a mission to end malaria-related deaths by 2015. This money will be used to pay for mosquito nets which are proven to be one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce deaths and increase life expectancy in malaria-ridden countries.
Please buy this book and play your part in saving lives today.
Almost anyone reading this can spare $20. If you can't (and please think seriously about it if you think that's the case), you can afford 20 minutes of emailing and tweeting and blogging about it. Every sale of this book saves lives -- real people's lives -- and that makes it a no brainer. If 100,000 books get sold, 4 million lives get saved. You have no excuse to bow out; your internet connection suggests that your life is full of luxuries that most of us will likely take for granted. $20 is a few cups of coffee. Buy the book. Benefit from the content. And make the difference.
Knowledge and improvement aside, this book also adds the component of social good. The vast majority of the money earned on this book (100% of the Kindle addition!) goes to fight Malaria. How can you do better today than saving a life?
Help others, improve your life, and buy this book!
It is a difference maker with its content, filled with strong, wise, diverse, experienced voices that will inspire and guide you toward growing a more sustainable business, becoming a stronger leader, and making a bigger impact.
It is a difference maker in its mission. Its core goal is to end the plight of those who suffer and die from malaria.
High quality substance to help you live your best life design combined with generous humanitarian aid to save the lives of our brothers and sisters who suffer through no choice of their own.
This is innovative great work that calls for each of us to support it best we can.
Mollie Marti, JD, PhD
Author of "WALKING WITH JUSTICE: Uncommon Lessons from One of Life's Greatest Mentors"