This paperback was conceived and developed under the direction of Criterion Ventures, a national firm that incubates and scales social ventures that make for a better world. It is organized around the typical activities of an ordinary 24-hour day and then showing how to see them as part of the path out of poverty. For example, making breakfast, taking the kids to school, and checking email are connected to addressing world hunger, making education available to all, and ensuring access to appropriate technology. As Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, has stated: "If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You just do it one step at a time."
This handy and helpful volume by Shannon Daley-Harris (a freelance writer, editor, and consultant), Jeffrey Keenan (a strategic initiatives manager at Adobe Systems) and Karen Speerstra (president of Sophia Serve, a coaching service for writers and publishers) presents hundreds of steps we can take to combat poverty and all its attendant evils. The chapters are designed to animate our ethical action behind the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which all deal with poverty-related problems. Our Day to End Poverty is divided into sections on morning, afternoon, and evening. Here are the topics covered in evening:
• Extend Hospitality and Create Community
• Spread Literacy
• Improve Transportation Options
• Travel with a Purpose
• Save the Lives of Mothers and Newborns
• Improve Access to Clean Water
• Increase International Development Aid
• Speak Up for Justice: More Thoughts on Advocacy
A section at the end of the book includes ideas on using it in schools, in the workplace, and in places of worship. The authors conclude, "Our generation is the first to have the resources, technology, and knowledge to end poverty. But it won't be easy. Eradicating poverty calls for a comprehensive approach that ensures every person has the rights, opportunities, and resources to secure an income and the necessary food, health care, education, clean water, housing, and transportation to move or stay out of poverty." Act now on the treasure trove of information described in this paperback.