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Room to Read March 18, 2007

Posted by theoxymoron in Interesting Reads, Management.

The book I just finished was titled “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” by John Wood.

Subtitle: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children

The book is about John Wood, a top executive at Microsoft. He was director of business development in the greater China region. After a three week vacation in Nepal his life had changed in a fundamental way. He began to question his whole life, his job and his marriage. From that moment on he wasn’t quite sure if the life he lived so far was exactly what he wanted. The trip inspired him to help the children in Nepal and to set up schools and libraries. Nepal’s illiteracy rate was 70 percent !

He built one of the most effective nonprofits called Room to Read which has now built more than 2000 schools and libraries throughout Asia and Africa! In fact he wanted to build “The Microsoft of Nonprofits”.

It is an amazing book with lots of inspiring ideas and I read it almost in one go during my vacation.

Read more about the book and some inspiring quotations on my site

John Wood on the book:



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