Bill Shore has written a wise and inspiring book that shows us how to make the most of life and do something that counts.
Like the cathedral builders of an earlier time, the visionaries described in this memoir share a single desire: to create something that endures. The great cathedrals did not soar skyward because their builders discovered new materials or financial resources; rather, the builders had a unique understanding of the human spirit that enabled them to use those materials in a new way. So, too, have the extraordinary people Bill Shore has met in his travels as one of the nation's leading social entrepreneurs, a new movement of citizens who are tapping the vast resources of the private sector to improve public life. Among them are:
-Gary Mulhair, who has created unprecedented jobs and wealth at the largest self-supporting human-service organization of its kind, Pioneer Human Services of Seattle
-Denver chef Noel Cunningham, who has committed his life to ending hunger and has galvanized a community to take action
-Nancy Carstedt of the Chicago Children's Choir, which provides thousands of children with an introduction to music
-Alan Khazei of City Year, which has become the model for President Clinton's vision of national service
-Geoffrey Canada, who has created a safe haven for more than four thousand inner-city children in New York City, from Harlem to Hell's Kitchen
These leaders, and many others described in these pages, have built important new cathedrals within their communities, and by doing so they have transformed lives, including their own.
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I recently received a handwritten letter from a friend who left his job. He wrote, "What I want to do next, in addition to making some dough, is something that counts."
He is forty-three years old, has three young sons, and lives in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, where I also live. We've known each other more than a decade, having crossed paths in various political campaigns. He's been a small but steady contributor to Share Our Strength (SOS), the antihunger and antipoverty organization I founded, his check always accompanied by a heartfelt note complimentary of our work. His current stationery is distinctive, and when I saw his letter on top of a tall stack of mail on my desk, I wasn't sure what to expect. (Actually I don't have a desk. I sit at the same folding table I've used since SOS began fifteen years ago. There's more room for my legs and I'm too sentimental or superstitious to give it up. Besides, along with the rest of the nonmatching furniture that's been donated to our office, it reassures donors that we're spending their money the right way.)
"Something that counts." It's a revealing phrase. It holds the promise of both higher purpose and lasting result. There's an earnestness in its simplicity and plainspokenness. It's especially revealing when it's got the gold seal of the president of the United States embossed above it.