Synopses & Reviews
"You're never too young, you're never too old. The book is a great road map and blue print on how to get started if you really want to do something."
Al Roker, The Today Show
"A great book filled with great ideas! . . . The stories that follow remind us of the small ways that we can realize our power and the responsibility that each of us bears for all our actions, small and large . . . Read on to be challenged by some new things that you have (haven't?) thought of doing, and be reminded of some things that you know you should do. Rediscover the power you hold each day to change the world and change yourself. There's no reason to wait."
"It's a gift that can be given for the holidays or as a jump-start to a New Year's resolution. . . . Michelle Nunn has gathered the real-life stories of everyday citizens, celebrities and high-profile leaders who find meaning or have transformed their lives through volunteering."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"THIS IS A BOOK THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Read the stories of people who reached out to help somebody else and discovered they were their own ultimate beneficiary. It's almost magic, and It could happen to everyone. Go!"
Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, PBS NewsHour
"Civic involvement is an enriching joy, as the people in this book make clear. It's also what makes America so great. Be the Change! provides practical advice and awesome tales that could change your life. This is a wonderful and inspiring book."
Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Einstein: His Life and Universe
"[A] unique publication . . . a great inspiration for all to own a part in making our world a better place. . . .What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to give a gift of inspiration."
America's Promise The Alliance for Youth
"Civic-minded teens wanting to volunteer need look no further than this book for details on how to get involved. Chock full of examples of service projects and ideas on how to start one . . . this book is an in depth look at the benefits of volunteer work . . . Those who work with teens could use passages from this book to spark discussions about the value of service."
VOYA-Voice of Youth Advocates
". . . a useful reminder that in a free society, the highest office is that of private citizen."
WBRZ TV, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"This small book is packed with brief, lively and heartfelt testimonials, to-the-point statistics, Web sites and lists, all designed to nudge you to take the first step on what Nunn calls a journey of service."
"[S]tories, practical advice and inspirational snippets from people who have been able to glean something for themselves by providing service to others."
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- Real advice from real people that can change the world
- Timely and motivational
- Hands On Network, a national network of volunteers
Be the Change
celebrates the personal transformations of men and women who, by working to change the world, changed themselves. Featuring interviews with over 1,000 volunteers, from everyday people to business and community leaders to celebrities, the book combines hands-on advice on ways to get involved with enlightening real-life stories from those who did. Inspirational yet practical, its the perfect companion for readers who want to stop daydreaming about a more fulfilling life and a better world and take action to do so.
Includes forewords by President George H. W. Bush and Tom Brokaw
About the Author
Co-Founder and CEO of the Hands On Network, is the editor of BE THE CHANGE.
Michelle graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1989 with a major in history and a minor in religion. She has studied at Oxford University and in India.
Michelle was a Kellogg National Fellow through which she explored the connection of spirituality, social action and leadership in countries ranging from Israel to Namibia. She completed her Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Michelle has been part of the Hands On Network movement through her fourteen-year leadership of Hands On Atlanta from a grassroots startup in 1989 to one of the nation's largest community-based volunteer organizations. Michelle was appointed and currently sits on the President's Council on Service and Civic Engagement.
Hands On Network, a growing network of more than one million volunteers, creates and manages nearly 50,000 projects a year, from building wheelchair ramps in San Francisco to teaching reading in Atlanta, to rebuilding homes and lives in the Gulf coast communities.
Table of Contents
1. Sparks that Ignite the Spirit: Motivation to Serve
2. A Word from the Wise: Tips to Consider Before Diving In
3. Some Other Benefits of Service: Selfish Reasons to be Selfless
4. Climbing Mount Everest: Overcoming Obstacles to Engagement and Fighting Burnout
5. It Takes a Village: Involving Friends, Family and Others
6. Duty, Honor, Country: Citizenship and Political Action
7. A Personal Transformation: The Change Circles Back to You
8. Dont Wait Start Today: Small Acts to Change the World
9. The Gift That Keeps Giving: Inspiring Moments In Service