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March 27, 2009

News & Opinion: Imagining India & The Blue Sweater

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Jacqueline Novogratz has one of the best stories behind the title of a book I've ever heard (but, I'll let her tell it below). Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund and author of the recently released book, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. It was our good friend, Seth Godin, who first suggested Jacqueline Novogratz to us, and like everything Seth recommends and supports, this book is pure gold. Seth wrote a blurb for the back of the book, stating:
Jacquline's book and her work represent an entirely new way to look at things, a vivid opportunity for change, and most of all an obligation too spread the word about the way the world has evolved. We need to wake up and listen to what she has to say. Hurry!
Other notable fans of the book are Fareed Zakaria, who you may know from television or as the author of The Post-American World, and former US senator Bill Bradley. If you've enjoyed Muhammad Yunus's books (Banker to the Poor and Creating a World Without Poverty), you'll love this one. On top of the story of The Blue Sweater that provided the title of this book, Jacqueline has many other inspiring, surprising and wonderful stories to tell. You can hear a few in her recent interview with Charlie Rose.

If you're interested in learning more, you can read the prologue to her book at the book's website, or buy the book from, well, us of course. And, if you're interested in other big-picture, world-altering-viewpoint books, I'd suggest Nandan Nilekani's Imagining India. I just received my copy and haven't been able to delve into it very deeply, but it looks fascinating, also comes recommended by Fareed Zakaria (It was his Book of the Week on last Sunday's GPS) and the author has made it on Charlie Rose as well--and with Tom Friedman to boot, who got the idea for The World is Flat largely from Nilekani.


About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.