How to Do Good, Better
by Derek A. Bardowell
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Pub Date 25 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 25 Aug 2022
Little, Brown Book Group UK, Dialogue Books
Do you wish you could do more to change the world but don't know how? Do you ever look around at the many charities asking for donations and feel overwhelmed? This inspiring and uplifting book explores the effectiveness of charity and calls for more radical giving if we want to contribute to a better world.
During a period when British society seems more divided than ever, and our decision makers are even more disconnected from the issues that keep us awake at night, Giving Back highlights the people and movements taking on some of the most challenging social issues of our time.
A respected figure in philanthropy, Derek A. Bardowell presents a unique insight into what's going on inside the world of giving and where we can best make a difference.
From redefining the role of charity itself to reimagining philanthropy through a reparative lens, Bardowell introduces a radical new take on how social problems, from climate change to racial injustice, can be tackled in modern society by all of us.
Filled with lively insights and moving stories, Giving Back is here to break down the walls of charitable giving. If you loved Factfulness, Lost Connections, and What White People Can Do Next, this book will challenge some of your truths and change the way you give.
What people are saying about Derek A. Bardowell:
'Personal, political, powerful.' Bernardine Evaristo
'Important and timely... Deeply felt and illuminating... Essential reading for everyone committed to fairness and equality in life.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
'A valuable act of remembrance... While wealth may confer privileges, it doesn't rid you of melanin or exempt you from prejudice.' Colin Grant, Guardian
'Bardowell does an excellent and passionate job of refracting the issues.' Financial Times
'I absolutely loved it!... Such a good read on so many levels.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
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Average rating from 4 members
Not sure what I was expecting from the blurb of the book but this book was unexpected and interesting. The book accurately talks about the difficulties of working in the third sector (I did this for two organisations previously) and how biased and unhelpful the heirachies in such organisations are. I shared the authors experiences of a heavy focus on quick fire outcomes to the detriment of those I was supporting.
I liked how the book made me consider again the impact of race in inequality issues which are so important to me and my profession as I am aware I do fall into focusing on social class and poverty. The book also talked about black history and included the voices of those working in grass roots organisations which I liked.
I found the discussions about black history in America important but did dilute the book a little and I thought these bits could have been a bit shorter. The book is very much one you need time to digest and think so a bit shorter would have helped maintain the focus. Overall very good though.
Well written and very well researched.
A well researched, deep and provocative book that makes you think and introspect how you add value to this world and what you give back to the world that has nourished you.
This is not a book to read at one go but read in pauses so as to understand and feel it changing you from within.
Absolutely amazing book.
This book really made me stop and think about so many things in relation to how we can truly make a difference in the world. Drawing on the work of many different activists and charities the author explores the different ways in which we can give and the merits and downfalls of lots of different approaches to charitable work and giving.
I have really been able to challenge my own thinking about effective giving as a result of reading the author's innovative thoughts and I highly recommend it to those wishing to be challenged to give more effectively. Certainly a book to be read again as it is so rich and innovative. I'm sure I will have many a healthy discussion with friends and colleagues about some of the issues presented in this book and feel grateful to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
This isi an excellent book written by someone who has been in the middle of the issues he raises. It is clear that Derek is encouraging everyone to do their part but I felt he did it without alienating anyone. I was encouraged and challenged by this book so much, I've pre-ordered a copy.
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