Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World

Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World

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by Billy Parish, Dev Aujla
     
 

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As we emerge from the recession, a generation is searching for practical answers about how to succeed and make positive change in the world. With real-life success stories and practical advice and exercises, Making Good outlines how to find opportunities to effect change and make money. These opportunities are not just for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500

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As we emerge from the recession, a generation is searching for practical answers about how to succeed and make positive change in the world. With real-life success stories and practical advice and exercises, Making Good outlines how to find opportunities to effect change and make money. These opportunities are not just for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies: Making Good shows step-by-step how any person can achieve financial autonomy, capitalize on global changes to infrastructure, and learn from everyday success stories—providing the skills and insights this generation needs to succeed and build careers and lives of consequence.

Charismatic, young, and passionate, Billy Parish and Dev Aujla have been recognized in media outlets like Vanity Fair, Salon, and Rolling Stone as the voices of their generation. They are at the vanguard of figuring out how the next generation will rethink, reimagine, and rebuild the world around us. Making Good culls the knowledge that has allowed Billy and Dev to build thriving, meaningful careers into a book that will be What Color Is Your Parachute? for the Facebook generation.

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Publishers Weekly
Social entrepreneurs Parish (co-founder of Energy Action Coalition) and Aujla (founder of DreamNow) provide an informative and engaging look at how to make the world a better place while simultaneously earning a living. The authors show that there's an upside to our web connectivity, namely the awakening of empathy on a wide scale and its power to prompt global change. Those that are driving this movement and improving their own lives are responding to three important developments: the increasing ability to see the world as one family; opportunities provided by the internet to "collaborate, innovate, and share information across borders;" and strides being made in green technology. While the authors emphasize the huge shift occasioned by the rise of social networking, they insist that this is a multigenerational effort. Parish and Aujla make a convincing case for this growing trend, but their greatest contribution centers around monetizing social commitments and turning them into jobs. While stressing that each person's path will be different, the authors offer practical strategies and identify four common stages that all will encounter. Along the way, they share success stories from their own lives and others' across a variety of industries to demonstrate how to find and take advantage of opportunities. Geared toward helping readers find satisfaction in work that reflects their principles, this book shows that you don't have to compromise to earn a living by doing good.
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“Society has many names for those of us determined to rethink, reimagine and rebuild the world. But the labels do little to resolve the confusion within you about what specifically you are called to do--or how you might actually get paid to do it. Within this small book are many of the tools you need to identify and build on in order to overcome your doubts and transform both yourself and the world around you. Making money and affecting positive change in this new economy are not mutually exclusive--in fact, they are very much connected. Rebuilding this economy is not just a technological challenge, it is a moral challenge. Only this generation is diverse enough, loving enough, determined enough, and connected enough to meet the true moral challenge that we face. This inspiring and practical book explains how to take some of these incredible assets our civilization has developed and shows us, step by step, how to redirect them for good.” —Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream

“If you take this book with the seriousness it deserves, it will change you and you will change the world. I'm usually dubious of 'self-help' books; this is something entirely different--far deeper, and far far more useful.” —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, co-founder of 350.org

“A manifesto and map for a generation desperate for jobs. Making Good shows readers not so much how they can find any old job, but more how you can create a career path that can generate meaning, purpose and money.” —Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, founder of Get America Working!

“Dev Aujla and Billy Parish have written a practical, inspiring, quietly subversive guide that speaks directly to this generation's desire to create their own economy and become their own heroes.” —Anya Kamenetz, senior writer at Fast Company, author of Generation Debt and DIY U

“Dev and Billy are two of the brightest lights in the coming transformation, the great turning. This emerging reimagination of what it means to be human at a time when every living system is failing. Making Good is a personal, taut, authentic, how-to-do-it care manual for the active, idealistic, and pragmatic. It is a powerfully instructive, even canonical, for a generation born into a crazy quilt world of conflict and corporate dominance who want to do more than speak truth to power, a generation that is bringing power to the truth.” —Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism

Making Good is a motivating and practical guide for the personal desire, and global urgency, to align our economics with our well-being.” —Josh Thome, National Geographic Emerging Explorer + 4REAL TV Series Creator

“Billy Parish and Dev Aujla embarked on a remarkably ambitious book. Not content to educate and mobilize on global warming and social justice, they have written a 'how to' book for ethical living in a corrupt economy. It is a practical guide to ensure that 'making a living' does not compromise 'having a life.' Making Good could change the world.” —Sara Horowitz, president of Freelancers Union

“This is not only the real deal--it has to be one of the most important and essential reads of today. What you can learn here will help create the positive shifts we all so desperately crave.” —David de Rothschild, author of The Global Warming Survival Handbook, founder of Adventure Ecology

“My generation, I'm afraid, has let our dear country go into steep decline, but Making Good by two of our brightest young people offers solid hope for rebirth. It does that the only true and lasting way, by inspiring people at the personal level to a new way of thinking, living and working.” —Gus Speth, former administrator of United Nations Development Program

“The current unemployment crisis is enough to get anyone down, but Parish and Aujla are here to brighten the gloomy atmosphere. Where others see hopelessness, they see opportunity. This enthusiastic handbook urges the jobless and the underemployed to venture out, virtually skip the corporate world all together and embrace the power of 'non-linear' career paths...A fresh way to look at the challenges facing job seekers today.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Highly recommended. An uplifting primer filled with practical insights for students who want to effect global change without sacrificing personal financial security or stability. The business acumen, leadership skills, as well as real-life examples illustrated here draw a compelling picture of careers that combine purpose and sustainable security.” —Library Journal

“Social entrepreneurs Parish and Aujla provide an informative and engaging look at how to make the world a better place while simultaneously earning a living...Parish and Aujla make a convincing case for this growing trend, but their greatest contribution centers around monetizing social commitments and turning them into jobs...the authors offer practical strategies and identify four common stages that all will encounter...Geared toward helping readers find satisfaction in work that reflects their principles, this book shows that you don't have to compromise to earn a living by doing good.” —Publishers Weekly

“A huge percentage of Millennials would dedicate themselves to changing the world if they could figure out how to earn a living doing it. In MAKING GOOD, activists and entreprenuers Billy Parish and Dev Aujla share their own stories and the stories of countless others who have turned their passions into careers.” —BizEd Magazine

Library Journal
The realities of the recent recession, high unemployment rates, and ever-increasing student loan balances can justifiably dampen the bright moral imaginations of the generation now entering the workforce. Coauthors Parish (founder, Energy Action Coalition) and Aujla (founder, DreamNow) outline the skills, resources, and insights necessary to create socially responsible change while navigating a nonlinear career path. The authors use their more than ten years of personal experience as well as lessons from fellow pathfinders to put together this insider's guidebook to social entrepreneurship. They cover foundational concepts, preparatory exercises, daily practices, and resources helpful in creating careers that combine meaning, money, and community while "making good." VERDICT Highly recommended. An uplifting primer filled with practical insights for students who want to effect global change without sacrificing personal financial security or stability. The business acumen, leadership skills, as well as real-life examples illustrated here draw a compelling picture of careers that combine purpose and sustainable security.—Jane Scott, George Fox Univ. Lib., Newberg, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Two enterprising young activists explain why trying to change the world is the best career move you could possibly make right now. The current unemployment crisis is enough to get anyone down, but Parish and Aujla are here to brighten the gloomy atmosphere. Where others see hopelessness, they see opportunity. This enthusiastic handbook urges the jobless and the underemployed to venture out, virtually skip the corporate world all together and embrace the power of "non-linear" career paths. Doing so, the authors write, will lead not only to greater personal fulfillment, but also broader societal change. The prescription boils down to acknowledging your passion, discovering a need and creating the job that you really want. The authors draw heavily on their own experience working in the areas of green energy and community organizing to illustrate their points. They also provide numerous exercises, each designed to aid others in devising personal pathways out of the jobless wilderness. Joseph Campbell urged his students to "follow their bliss." Parish and Aujla are doing the same thing here, with the added benefit of reducing unemployment and hopefully spurring wider societal progress. There isn't one right way to create your own job, of course, so the authors provide general rules, exercises and thought experiments to help individuals realize their true potential and value in the changing workforce. Unfortunately, their efforts to simultaneously address both career development and social change occasionally become unwieldy, resulting in choppy sections. Practical advice and earnest cheerleading more than make up for these shortcomings, however. A fresh way to look at the challenges facing job seekers today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605290782
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
539,329
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.72(d)

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Meet the Author

DEV AUJLA is the Founder of DreamNow, a charitable organization that works with young people to develop, fund and implement their social change projects. Dev works as a Director of Partnerships for Change.org and has worked for other leading companies that do good and pay well like GOOD Corps. His work and writing have been featured in numerous media outlets including the Globe and Mail, CBC Newsworld and the Huffington Post. Aujla divides his time between Toronto and New York.

BILLY PARISH is widely known as an innovative youth organizer, social entrepreneur, and champion of the emerging green economy. He co-founded the Energy Action Coalition, the largest youth advocacy organization in the world working on climate change issues, is co-founder and President of Solar Mosaic, a solar energy marketplace and serves on numerous non-profit and clean-tech boards. Parish lives in Oakland, California with his wife and daughters.

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Making Good : Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Motiving and inspiring with practical guidelines.
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