In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor

In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor

by Michael Heyn


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ISBN-13: 9781783060610
Publisher: Michael Heyn
Publication date: 08/07/2013
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Michael Heyn was born in 1940 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent his early years adjacent to his father's Summit Hotel along the historic Cumberland Road in the densely forested mountains surrounding the coal mining country near Uniontown. On this father's retirement, the family moved West, with a brief stay in Colorado Springs before reaching in 1947 Coronado, California that was to become Michael's childhood home. Michael attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and later Coronado High School where he was honored as the Outstanding Student of his graduating class and awarded a position on the All-California High School Football Team.

In 1958, Michael went on to enroll in the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where he completed his Freshman year scholastically ranking 3rd out of a class of 1500. He transferred the following year to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from which he graduated Cum Laude with a Political Science degree. Following his marriage, he undertook an initial year of Law School studies at Stanford before transferring and graduating with a Master's degree in Latin American Studies (Luso-Brazilian Hispanic American Institute, Stanford University).

In 1964, Michael joined the Peace Corps and served for two years in a poor village (Manzanares) in the altiplano of Peru outside the regional town of Huancayo, where he assisted in the formation of a chicken raising cooperative.

Michael entered the London School of Economics in 1966 for post-graduate studies in Development Administration, following which he was selected for an internship program with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Shortly thereafter, he joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York as a Rural Development Project Officer where he served for nearly 5 years.

From 1967 to 2012, Michael served the UNDP and UNFPA (Population Fund) in international development in both technical and representative capacities with postings in India, Fiji (South Pacific Region), Nepal, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Thailand (Asia and Pacific Region), Kosovo, Bangladesh, and Yemen. He also carried out shorter term assignments for UNICEF in Ethiopia and Pakistan, and other UN and development agencies in Mongolia, South Sudan, and Vietnam. Michael remarried in 1976 and has 3 daughters.

Michael now resides in Portland, Oregon where he has served on the Oregon Governor's Poverty Task Force and as an Adjunct Professor in Applied International Development at Portland State University.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 LIBERIA: A Look Over the Edge (1990)

Chapter 2 Quest for Answers

Chapter 3 Growing Up in America (1940 - 1964)

Chapter 4 PERU: A Village Educatioin (1964 - 1966)

Chapter 5 LONDON: Remebering the Future (1966 - 1967)

Chapter 6 NEW YORK: Maturing the Commitments (19567 - 1972)

Chapter 7 INDIA: Deep in My Soul (1971 - 1973)

Chapter 8 USA: With Fresh Eyes (1973 - 1979 - 2013)

Chapter 9 ETHIOPIA and PAKISTAN: Rule of Elites (1974 - 1976)

Chapter 10 THE SOUTH PACIFIC: Island Insights (1979 - 1981)

Chapter 11 NEPAL: People of Poverty (1981 - 1985)

Chapter 12 KENYA: Hopeless in the Slums (1985 - 1989)

Chapter 13 MALAWI: A Nation Reborn? (1991 - 1989)

Chapter 14 THAILAND: Power of Alliances (1994 - 1999)

Chapter 15 KOSOVO: Struggling Back to Better (1999 - 2000)

Chapter 16 BANGLADESH: Indigenous Dignity (2002 - 2007)

Chapter 17 SOUTH SUDAN: Brief Enconters - Potential Lessons (2008)

Chapter 18 VIETNAM: Excluded from the Struggle (2008 - 2009)

Chapter 19 YEMEN: We Are One (2009 - 2011)

Chapter 20 VISIONS FOR ACTION: The Coming Together and Power of Rich and Poor (2013)


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never have I learned so much from one book -- about the plight of our fellow man, about geography, about the work of the UN, about the author's personal experiences -- and, of course, the search of decency. Little wonder the book was twelve years in the making, but they have been twelve years well spent. The author's accomplishment and contribution to approaching the perplexing problem of social and economic inequality in the third world are fascinating reading against a backdrop of deep personal experiences.