[T]his book … is about uncovering and then lighting up the unquenchable desire in each of us to make a difference in the world. It is about providing a powerful structure of support so that our courage is what drives us, not our fear. That is why this 20th-anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy is so critically important.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus
Most people see working to end global poverty and ensure a stable climate as a fool’s errand. Add to that the Citizens United decision and the flood of money rushing into politics and the despair grows deeper. But activist and author Sam Daley-Harris has helped thousands of ordinary citizens transform from hopeless bystanders to powerful advocates. Reclaiming Our Democracy is the story of the organizations that Daley-Harris has founded or coached. They have been leading change-makers in three global movements: microfinance, which provides small loans for the poor around the world; child survival, which is saving millions of lives from malnutrition and disease; and finally climate change. The organizations featured in this 20th-anniversary edition are committed to empowering individuals to express their personal and political power. “This book is about more than reclaiming our democracy,” says Share Our Strength founder and CEO Bill Shore, “it is about reclaiming the soul of citizenship.”
About the Author
Sam Daley-Harris founded RESULTS in 1980, the Microcredit Summit in 1995 and the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation in 2012. He began coaching the founder of Citizens Climate Lobby in the months prior to its launch in 2007. Ashoka founder Bill Drayton has called him “one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades.” He and his wife Shannon Daley live in Princeton, New Jersey with their son Micah and their daughter Sophie.