Heroes Among Us

Heroes Among Us

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices

eBook - 2009
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Bringing together some of the best profiles from his popular "What Would You Do?" news features, the award-winning ABC journalist introduces ordinary Americans from a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and walks of life whose small acts of courage, kindness, generosity, and decency have made the world a better place.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins ebooks, 2009.
ISBN: 9780061753015
0061753017
9780061753008
0061753009
Additional Contributors: Williams, Stephen P.
Summary: Bringing together some of the best profiles from his popular "What Would You Do?" news features, the award-winning ABC journalist introduces ordinary Americans from a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and walks of life whose small acts of courage, kindness, generosity, and decency have made the world a better place.

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Waterlily
Apr 03, 2010

p.245
With little tolerance for formal education, bureaucracy, and top-down programs to combat poverty, Sanjit "Bunker" Roy is something of an educational maverick. He is an Indian activist, in possession of the swanky degrees he disdains, who built his institution, Barefoot College, to liberate the rural poor in India from dependency on anyone but themselves. The college, which has instructed over fifteen thousand boys and girls in "barefoot" economics, technology, and engineering, is predicated on the belief that poverty is eliminated, people are made self-sufficient, gender equality is achieved, and the environment is protected when, and only when, "practical knowledge and skills, rather than paper qualifications" are implemented into the communities that need them the most.

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Apr 03, 2010

p. 217

Or how about Gary Slutkin, a doctor who fought AIDS in African and upon returning to Chicago got the idea that violence, too, might spread like a virus. So he started a group called CeaseFire that trains gangbangers to be "interrupters" who get in the way of fights, conflicts, and other gang problems....

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Waterlily
Apr 03, 2010

p.217

Or how about another Austin hero named Julia Cuba, who in 1998 started Troop 1500 on a program called Girl Scouts Beyond Bars. GSBB organizes joint mother-daughter Girl Scout meetings in prisons where mothers are incarcerated. But Troop 1500 goes a few steps further, with Cuba paying close attention to the girls' home lives and school progress. Once a month the girls have group therapy. And the troop helps their mothers do well in prison. According to Cuba, 96 percent of the girls have stayed in school and 98 percent have avoided incarceration. That could be partly due to all the fun they have, with campouts, parties, and regular scout actvities like earning badges, wearing uniforms, and, of course, selling delicious cookies. That's heroism for sure.

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jessedevouge
Jan 26, 2016

John Quinones gives us innumerable examples of many people, modern and historical, who have done the morally right things even when they were very hard to do. Truly inspiring.

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Waterlily
Apr 03, 2010

Lots of terrific stuff in this book, with lots useful for all ages. However, I've suggested an older aged readership. What I really mean is that this book should be read with the pre-knowledge that martyring onself is not recommended if one truly wishes peace in the world. It sends shockwaves into the community that make things worse.

The trick is to find ways to accomplish change so that everyone's needs are met, and no one feels the need for revenge. I've seen examples that people around the world know how to do this. But it takes patience, a lot of self-discipline, both monetary and non-monetary resources, urgency, and a lot of education. I know it's taking me a long time to learn. We can learn together. And we can stop hurting each other.

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It bothers me that while the nationalities of many of the people mentioned in this book are stated, Mr. Quinones fails to mention that Craig Keilburger is a Canadian. Maybe this could be fixed in a future re-print. It seems to me that this book is worthy of a periodic re-write. Like the Guinness Book of World Records...

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