Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing our World

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Visionaries In Our Midst is Allison Silberberg's inspiring collection of essays that profiles ordinary people who are changing our world. Silberberg shares the stories of individuals who identified critical needs in their communities and responded with courage and conviction. This is a book about those who inspire hope, those who struggle, and those who make something happen. This is a book about catalysts—those who innovate and work to build a better life for others. This is a time to discover what is possible when individuals stand up for one another. Visionaries In Our Midst is a thought-provoking book that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey.

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Editorial Reviews

Studs Terkel
This is a book of wonders-and hope. It tells us of extraordinary things 'ordinary' people can do.
Pete Seeger
This book will not just help save America; it will help save the world.
Helen Thomas
Visionaries In Our Midst by Allison Silberberg is a great book about very wonderful people who gave their heart and soul for others. It will inspire many others to do the same if they care. And who doesn't?
Marvin Kalb
In this age of cynicism, here is a book about good people doing good things. What a refreshing change! What a delightful and uplifting read!
September 2009 ForeWord Reviews
Silberberg has collected the stories of eighteen charitable groups into a kind of guidebook for people looking to be inspired. Her storytelling style is generally easy and pleasing to read. She doesn't hide the depth to which these people touch her and often describes her own tearful, joyful reaction to the scenes she witnesses, which adds a rich authenticity to her book. As Silberberg reminds us, the ways in which we care for each other may be what makes our nation most great.
October 2009 Booklist
Silberberg takes the “people making a difference” idea and applies it to 18 organizations in the Washington, D.C., area. While she wavers between memoir and journalistic analysis, her intentions are good and the individuals she profiles are inspiring. From helping schoolchildren to providing legal advice, giving seniors a social outlet, and offering low-cost medical care via mobile units, she highlights a wealth of examples of doing good. Silberberg asks organizers exactly how ideas originated and were implemented, and shares annual budgets and staff sizes. She also lists contact information and similar organizations around the country for those seeking to get involved themselves.While this logistical data is welcome and truly useful, it is her moments of awareness during visits to various organizations that make this book so effective. “It’s one thing to understand the Taliban intellectually,” she writes, while researching the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, Virginia, “it’s a whole other thing to see, photograph, and chat with an extended family that would not have survived.” Doing good, Silberberg testifies, truly does save and improve lives.
October 2009 On Tap
This is an amazing book about people just like you and me who have decided to do something great.
Lime Online
The stories are inspiring and touching, but told in way that encourages readers to follow in similar footsteps.
Paul Loeb
Strong stories of unsung heroes who ought to help give the rest of us the courage to act.
Publishers Weekly
While the media focuses on the economic peril and politicians focus on turf battles, writer and advocate Silberberg profiles amazing people working in the shadow of our nation's capitol finding innovating and expansive ways to serve the citizenry and, in particular, the most vulnerable among us. In the colorful and inspiring stories of 18 "visionaries," Silberberg finds nonprofit Bright Beginnings serving homeless families just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Life Pieces to Masterpieces helping African American youth through artistic expression, the CEO and founder of Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, the founder of the Georgetown Senior Center, the former D.C. police officer who created an after-school family and child support center called the Fishing School, and more. Silberberg, a veteran of nonprofit work, captures the motives and methods of these citizens with compassion, detailing their personal histories and obstacles-child advocacy group founder Aretha Lyles, for instance, was a single mother of three-while testifying to the far-reaching power of a determined individual.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761847199
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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