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IN THE RIVER THEY SWIM

IN THE RIVER THEY SWIM

Essays From Around The World On Enterprise Solutions To Poverty


In the era of total global competition for scarce resources, where ethnic groups are at war and the rich are getting richer, where values are being tested and transformed faster than we may reflect upon them, enterprise and technology solutions to poverty represent, perhaps, the best hope for poor nations.

Authors: Michael Fairbanks, Malik Fal, Marcela Escobari-Rose, and Elizabeth Hooper
Publisher: Templeton Press, 274 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59947-251-5
Date: 2009

In The River They Swim

Fresh Ideas On Fighting Global Poverty

“In The River They Swim” is exactly what is claims to be on its cover, a collection of “Essays From Around The World On Enterprise Solutions To Poverty.” This book is a collection of 29 essays, with some authors contributing more than one essay, and the topics ranging from visions for future entrepreneurship in war torn countries to integrating differing cultures’ ideas into successful business models. The authors range from the President of the Republic of Rwanda to a Vice-President of American Express to Rick Warren.

Even though Rick Warren composed the forward to the book, the book itself is does not contain any religious overtones or convictions. Instead we are treated with the experiences and ideas of people committed to doing away with poverty in the world and doing it not by just providing monetary aide but by promoting local economies within these impoverished regions. As one essayist mentioned, the idea is to revolutionize the economies in those areas to the point where people will want to work in the private sector more than wanting a government job because private business will be thriving and generating prosperity for the people.

I enjoyed reading this book. Some stories were funny; many sad, but even more were deeply inspirational. Using the essay format was a good idea as it allowed for a varied amount of authors to cover a varied amount of topics, so it suffices to say the variety of information and perspectives in the book is great. I believe this to be a must read for anyone even the least bit interested in the latest ideas on battling poverty around the world. I also believe this would make a wonderful addition to a college level course in global poverty studies.

In The River They Swim

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