Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

By Jacqueline Novogratz

Eleven years after donating her blue sweater to Goodwill, Novogratz spotted a young boy in Africa wearing that very sweater. In that moment, she realizes how all people are connected, which sets the author on a lifelong course to fight poverty worldwide.


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Book Information

Publisher: Rodale Books
Publish Date: 03/03/2009
Pages: 262
ISBN-13: 9781594869150
ISBN-10: 1594869154
Language: English

What We're Saying

March 27, 2009

Jacqueline Novogratz has one of the best stories behind the title of a book I've ever heard (but, I'll let her tell it below). Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund and author of the recently released book, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. It was our good friend, Seth Godin, who first suggested Jacqueline Novogratz to us, and like everything Seth recommends and supports, this book is pure gold. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 27, 2010

In an effort to bring awareness to the wonderful work that Acumen Fund continues to do around the world, Seth Godin and 800-CEO-READ have created a special offer. We are going to give you a free copy of Jacqueline Novogratz's (the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund) The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World when you buy two copies of Seth's latest book, Linchpin. Not to sound too much like an infomercial, but this offer really is only available while the stock (of around 200) we have here lasts, and Seth already announced it this morning, so hustle up and get in on it. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 06, 2011

➻ Cory Doctorow has laid out an interesting chronology of intellectual property rights since the first part of the 20th century for The Guardian's Comment Is Free interview series. Arguing that Every pirate wants to be an admiral, he tells a story that begins with sheet music composers and ends with the Internet about how elements of every innovation are seen as piracy until they become the mainstream, at which time they begin accusing the next generation of innovators of piracy. Stating at the beginning of the video that "The way to increase the health of the cultural realm is to allow more people to participate in it in more ways," he ends with anxiety that, for the first time in history, lawmakers may end up on the wrong side of the debate between the so-called "pirates" and supposed "admirals. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A visionary book . . . devoted to providing opportunity to poor people in all countries in an interconnected world."--Deepak Chopra

"An inspiring book by a remarkable woman."--People It all started with the blue sweater, the one my uncle Ed gave me. . . . The blue sweater had made a complex journey, from my closet in Alexandria, Virginia, to a young child in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. . . . The story of the blue sweater has always reminded me of how we are all connected. Our actions--and inaction--touch people we may never know and never meet across the globe.

Jacqueline Novogratz left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters. She shows how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives. More than just an autobiography or a how-to guide to addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world. Jacqueline will donate her paperback royalties to Acumen Fund and other organizations fighting for social change.

About the Author

Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm for the poor that invests in sustainable enterprises in the developing world.

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