Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World

Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World

by Nan Alexander Doyal

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Overview

For anyone who has ever wondered if what they do matters or how they can make a difference in their lives – Nan Alexander Doyal’s voice is what you’ve been waiting for.

In her book Dig Where You Are she introduces us to seven men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today. Their stories are entertaining, heart-breaking, inspiring and at their core, empowering. From the slums of Mumbai, the villages of Tibet and northeast Thailand, the inner cities of Philadelphia and San Francisco, and a ghetto outside Stockholm, Dig Where You Are tells of an artist, a surgeon, a teacher, a criminologist, an economist, a community organizer and a general physician each of whom saw a way beyond suffering and injustice, took responsibility for the wellbeing of others and ended up transforming lives and communities across the world.

There is a human perspective to these stories that strips away the heroic veneer of its characters and shows recognizable, even average people making a big impact on the world around them. Before becoming a writer, Nan Doyal traveled and worked extensively in North America, Europe and Asia as President of The International Forum. As such she is more than a narrator; she is a guide in the deepest sense. She leads us with knowledge and empathy, sharing stories that are both inspiring and empowering. Like all great guides, she gives us much more than we asked for.

Nan Alexander Doyal has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia for more than three decades, most recently as President of The International Forum – an organization designing active learning experiences for the leaders of global corporations. For years she sought out people from all walks of life who were digging where they are –doing what they know how to do in order to make meaningful and sustainable change for the good. To learn more about others who are digging where they are visit the author’s web site at www.digwhereyouare.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997320305
Publisher: Casper Press
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nan Alexander Doyal has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia for more than three decades; most recently as President of The International Forum - an organization that designs active learning experiences for the leaders of global corporations. For more than ten years she led and managed this organization and its network worldwide; assessed the challenges facing global corporations and created programs to address these. Working with multi-disciplinary and multi-culture teams on the ground, she helped to design and run hands-on leadership and active learning programs in Japan, China, India, Thailand, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Belgium and the United States. Prior to joining The International Forum she was a vice president with Ameritech Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, ran her own direct marketing firm, held several positions at American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc. in New York, worked for Shiseido Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan and for RBC Dominion Securities, in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of Smith College and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
In 2008 she began a journey to re-connect with people she had met in the world who were solving problems in creative and sustainable ways. She recounts their stories and what she learned in Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Contents

The Alchemist

Lily Yeh .............................21

Philadelphia, USA .............35

The Healer

Devi Shetty 45

Bangalore, India 59

The Organizer

Jockin Arputham 69

Mumbai, India 87

The Warrior

Nancy Harris 99

Lhasa, Tibet 113

The Entrepreneur

Mechai Viravaidya 125

Bangkok, Thailand 140

The Team

Börje Ehrstrand 151

Rinkeby, Sweden 167

The Inmate

Mimi Silbert 179

San Francisco, USA 195

Dig Where You Are

Values In Common 205

Return Of The Nightingales 219

Readings 229

In Appreciation 241

Author Biography 245

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