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Staff Pick: The Blue Sweater

The Blue Sweater

Author: Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline dreamed of saving the world and readily admits she initially fell flat on her face. However, during the twenty years that followed those first steps she has accomplished much. The Blue Sweater traces her journey from Rewanda before the genocide to Nairobi, to Tanzania, to business school, to India and to Pakistan. She illustrates how traditional charity often fails, but that investing “patient capital” allows people to become self-sufficient. She is convinced and offers convincing arguments that as the world becomes more interconnected, we must find better solutions to bridging the gap between rich and poor.