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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"This motivating set of three volumes—in the tradition of Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea (2006), Harry Boyte's The Citizen Solution (2008), and other books about making a positive difference—gives what its subtitle promises: inspiration, innovation, and blueprints for changing the world. . . . for students of health care, economics, political science, history, sociology, peace studies, and women's studies, this is a useful visionary resource. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."



"There is a widespread assumption, as well as growing evidence, that social environments play a key role in individuals' willingness to accept the responsibilities of democratic citizenship and participate in civic life… This message is made with compelling force throughout the three volumes of The New Humanitarians: Inspiration, Innovations, and Blueprints for Visionaries, a collection of organizational profiles reflecting a diverse range of civic commitments…. Whereas many books published by psychologists are written by and designed for academics, The New Humanitarians includes the voices of people from many walks of life who collaborate in the service of specific causes."



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Meet the Author

CHRIS E. STOUT, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives. He is also Clinical Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He also holds an academic appointment in the Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School, and was a Visiting Professor at Rush University. He served as Non-Governmental Organization Special Representative to the United Nations, and was appointed to the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders of Tomorrow 2000, and was an Invited Faculty at the Annual Meeting in Davos. He was also invited by the Club de Madrid and Safe-Democracy to serve on the Madrid-11 Countering Terrorism Task Force. Stout is a Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and, in 2004, was the winner of the APA International Humanitarian Award. He was honored in 2006 as recipient of the Illinois Psychological Asociation's Humanitarian Award.

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Table of Contents

Volume 1 Changing Global Health Inequities



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


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


:Series Afterword


Volume II: Changing Education and Relief



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



:Series Afterword


Volume III Changing Sustainable Development and Social Justice




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


:Series Afterword


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