The 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


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A book of hope written by a practical idealist who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer when it comes to building a better world.”—Former U.S. senator Bill Bradley
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605294766
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 120,085
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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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Table of Contents

Prologue xi

1 Innocent Abroad 1

2 A Bird on the Outside, a Tiger Within 20

3 Context Matters 36

4 Basket Economics and Political Realities 54

5 The Blue Bakery 72

6 Dancing in the Dark 89

7 Traveling without a Road Map 106

8 A New Learning Curve 126

9 Blue Paint on the Road 146

10 Retribution and Resurrection 165

11 The Cost of Silence 181

12 Institutions Matter 198

13 The Education of a Patient Capitalist 213

14 Building Brick by Brick 235

15 Taking it to Scale 255

16 The World We Dream, the Future We Create Together 272

Acknowledgments 285

Reader's Guide 289

Suggested Reading 293

Index 299

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