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Can we actually change the world—by changing ourselves? Our world today is in a state of deep uncertainty and turmoil. Often we feel hopeless, powerless, frustrated and afraid. Is there really anything we can do? Can one person make a difference? Can we actually change the world—by changing ourselves? The seven men and women in this book have done just that. Reza (photojournalist), Sherry and Bob Jason (attorneys), Aliza Hava (singer/songwriter), Deeyah Khan (film director/music producer), Yarrow Kraner (builder of innovative communities, director/photographer), and Daniele Finzi Pasca (theater director and clown) tell us in their own words how they overcame hardship and sometimes the most grueling and brutal of ordeals to take a stand against poverty, apathy, closed-mindedness, oppression and prejudice. Our story-tellers are ordinary people, who led exceptional lives. What their stories show is that any human being who is inspired and motivated can do incredible and creative things to help transform the lives of others. Let them take you on a journey of compassion and creativity, from revolutionary Iran to Skid Row in Los Angeles, from a Native American reservation in Montana to Norway and Great Britain, from Palestine and Israel to the slums of Calcutta and the Sochi Olympics. The message of their stories? That each and every one of us can make a difference, and give someone hope, courage, love and vision. Could your story be next? As you dive into their stories and allow them to take you on exceptional journeys, do realize that this book stands incomplete without your own contribution. Indeed, a few pages at the end are left blank. The final story, if you accept, can be yours… How would you put into words your wishes for the world and your aspirations to do something to bring change? Now imagine a million new friends just waiting to hear from you!