The New Humanitarians [3 volumes]: Inspiration, Innovations, and Blueprints for Visionaries

The New Humanitarians [3 volumes]: Inspiration, Innovations, and Blueprints for Visionaries

by Chris E. Stout
     
 

From Braille Without Borders and Unite for Sight, to Geekcorps and PeaceWorks, humanitarian groups are working worldwide largely in undeveloped countries to better the lives of the residents. Whether they are empowering people with schools for the blind, prosthetic limbs, the devices to understand and use technology, or the information to work for civil peace, the

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From Braille Without Borders and Unite for Sight, to Geekcorps and PeaceWorks, humanitarian groups are working worldwide largely in undeveloped countries to better the lives of the residents. Whether they are empowering people with schools for the blind, prosthetic limbs, the devices to understand and use technology, or the information to work for civil peace, the men and women of these agencies offer tremendous talent to their causes, great dedication and, sometimes, even risk their lives to complete their missions. Working in war or civil war zones, humanitarians with nonprofits, non-governmental agencies, and university-connected centers and foundations have been injured, kidnapped, or killed. Now terrorist events and war crimes are more and more often bringing these self-sacrificing workers into the national spotlight by media headlines. Their work is, doubtless, remarkable. And so too are the stories of how they developed - including the defining moments when their founders felt they could no longer stand by and do nothing. In this set of books, founders and top officials from humanitarian organizations established in the last 50 years spotlight how and why they began their organizations, what their greatest victories and challenges have been, and how they run the organizations, down to where they get their funding and how they spend it to grow the group and its efforts. Led by Chris E. Stout, named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Psychological Association, the contributors here come from across training disciplines including psychology, medicine, technology, science, politics, social work, and business.

Stout, who has worked in Latin American terrorist zones, in Vietnam, and along the Amazon in Ecuador with Flying Doctors of America, has chosen to feature a sample of humanitarian groups across four primary areas - medicine, environment, education, and social justice. He also concentrates on what he calls guerilla humanitarians - those who step into unsafe or unhealthy conditions despite the dangers. There is also a concentration on those that have been very successful with on-the-ground-guerilla-innovations without a lot of bureaucracy or baloney. Above all, They are rebels with a cause whose actions speak louder than mere words, Stout explains. They have all felt a moral duty to serve as vectors of change. In addition to being psychologically insightful, these volumes hold invaluable practical information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275997687
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2008
Series:
Social and Psychological Issues: Challenges and Solutions Series
Pages:
1000
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 3.40(d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1 Changing Global Health Inequities

Foreword,

Introduction,

From an Idea to Action: Medicines Sans Frontiers

Unite for Sight

Achieving Social Goals through Business Discipline: Scojo Foundation

Sustainable Sciences Institute: Developing Scientific Capacity to Address Public Health Needs Worldwide

Institute for One World Health: Seeking a Cure for Inequity in Access to Medicines

Sustainable Transformation of Communities: The Jamkhed Experience "We Have Done It Ourselves!"

International Center for Equal Healthcare Access: Defeating the developing world's dependence on perpetual western charity in the field of healthcare

Flying Doctors of America

Caring for Torture Survivors: The Marjorie Kovler Center

Learning from Global Catastrophes: A Program of Services Research with Families Impacted by War and Forced Migration

International Trauma Studies Program

Center for Health Intervention and Prevention

REMEDY

Center for Global Initiatives: Science + Service + Education + Policy + Activism

Afterword

:Series Afterword

:Index

Volume II: Changing Education and Relief

Foreword,

Introduction,

Braille Without Borders: Do You Need Vision to be a Visionary?

Room to Read: The Democratization of Literacy

Global Village Engineers

Common Bond Institute: Vision and Journey

The Social Work Education in Ethiopia Partnership

Center for Urban Pedagogy

Endeavor: High Impact Entrepreneurs, High Impact Change

ACCION International

Invisible Conflicts: Engage, Educate, Exchange, and Empower

Building Educated Leaders for Life

Hybrid Vigor Institute: Relevant Knowledge,Innovation Solutions and Better Decisions through Collaboration

Our Voices Together

GeekCorps

Afterword

:Series Afterword

:Index

Volume III Changing Sustainable Development and Social Justice

Foreword,

Introduction,

Witness

From Violence to Agreement: The Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland

Amnesty International

The PeaceWorks Foundation: Building Consensus & Mobilizing the Grassroots in Israel and Palestine

Nonviolent Peaceforce: A Realistic Choice for the Future

Peaceful Bodyguards - Nonviolent Action in War Zones for the Protection of Human Rights: Lessons from 27 Years with Peace Brigades International

Transforming People. Transforming Policy

Southern Poverty Law Center

Human Rights Campaign

Global Security Institute

Search for Common Ground

The Project on Justice in Times of Transition

Exodus World Service

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Afterword

:Series Afterword

:Index

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