Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World (Paperback)
For anyone who has ever wondered if what they do matters or how they can make a difference in their lives - Nan Alexander Doyal's voice is what you've been waiting for.
In her book Dig Where You Are she introduces us to seven men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today. Their stories are entertaining, heart-breaking, inspiring and at their core, empowering. From the slums of Mumbai, the villages of Tibet and northeast Thailand, the inner cities of Philadelphia and San Francisco, and a ghetto outside Stockholm, Dig Where You Are tells of an artist, a surgeon, a teacher, a criminologist, an economist, a community organizer and a general physician each of whom saw a way beyond suffering and injustice, took responsibility for the wellbeing of others and ended up transforming lives and communities across the world.
There is a human perspective to these stories that strips away the heroic veneer of its characters and shows recognizable, even average people making a big impact on the world around them. Before becoming a writer, Nan Doyal traveled and worked extensively in North America, Europe and Asia as President of The International Forum. As such she is more than a narrator; she is a guide in the deepest sense. She leads us with knowledge and empathy, sharing stories that are both inspiring and empowering. Like all great guides, she gives us much more than we asked for.
Nan Alexander Doyal has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia for more than three decades, most recently as President of The International Forum - an organization designing active learning experiences for the leaders of global corporations. For years she sought out people from all walks of life who were digging where they are -doing what they know how to do in order to make meaningful and sustainable change for the good. To learn more about others who are digging where they are visit the author's web site at www.digwhereyouare.com
About the Author
Nan Alexander Doyal has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia for more than three decades, most recently as President of The International Forum – an organization designing active learning experiences for the leaders of global corporations. For years she sought out people from all walks of life who were digging where they are –doing what they know how to do in order to make meaningful and sustainable change for the good.
"The heroes of social innovation in Nan Doyal’s book have much in common with successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Each has a high tolerance for self-disruption, discipline in execution, attention to detail, and a relentless focus on the end-user. But even more important than these traits, is their clear sense of purpose and their ability to involve others in defining it. Dig Where You Are casts an important framework for modern leadership and driving sustainable change -- in any kind of organization. It's an inspirational reminder of the power of purpose, conviction and customer focus.” -RICH WILLIAMS, Chief Executive Officer, Groupon
“Dig Where You Are brings to life seven individuals and the cutting edge philanthropy and social enterprise they bring to bear on a relentless societal need. None do what they do for the money, and none do it for fame; each are pulled forward by the stark need that they are uniquely qualified to fill. I urge you to read this book, then reflect on what gnarly unachievable need you are uniquely qualified to fill.” -F.K. DAY, Founder and CEO, World Bicycle Relief and Executive Vice President, SRAM Corporation
“Nan Doyal’s book reminds us that we are not passive spectators of our own lives, our neighborhoods and communities. Today, there is no corner of the world that is not confronted by a dizzying array of challenges, large and small. Millions of thoughtful people wake up every morning caring about this, but finding themselves either frozen or overwhelmed. Dig Where You Are is a clarion call to action – to not waste a moment, to begin today. While there can be no assured outcomes, there is most definitely the assurance of a richer life, filled with empowerment and purpose.” -SWATI and RAMESH RAMANATHAN, Co-Founders, JANA Group-committed to fixing India’s cities
"Nan Doyal shows us the quiet power of community-based efforts to make things better, while persuading us that we can accomplish more than we think. What is most profound is that each of the protagonists in this book has succeeded because their motivation is first and foremost to fix a problem, and not advance their own interests. It is their courage to step forward and take personal responsibility for helping others that is so inspiring and makes the message of this book an important one for us to understand and embrace, especially now.” -DANIELLE BRIAN, Executive Director, Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
“For more than a decade Nan Doyal helped leaders of global corporations learn from the experiences of others from different cultures and walks of life, in a unique and inspirational way. Now, as a writer she has made this opportunity available to many more. In Dig Where You Are, she takes us to places and people we could never find or understand on our own.”
-JOHN ABRAHAMSON, Chairman, Lund University School of Economics and Management, and Managing Director, SEB