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1) Write your holiday gift list and make sure MY JOB is on it. Everybody works, will work, or has worked. Help them gain perspectives about themselves while giving back to create jobs.
2) Check out the amazing organizations doing job-creation work that will benefit from book…
Over the next months we'll be exploring each of the MY JOB narrators, giving you a taste of what they reveal in their respective chapters. We're starting in Cincinnati with Kevin Kluender, whom you met a few months back when we talked about his work on the Dragonfly...
My Job hits bookshelves on October 17! We've been waiting for this day since the afternoon Suzanne first sat down with a bowl of Thai noodles and came up with the concept for the book. Finally, the MY JOB release is imminent! What this means for you. If you: A....
Over a 45 year career, Studs Terkel redefined American oral history by telling the story of the everyman. My Job is taking his approach globally, to tell the story of what work means to workers.
Victor Douville has been studying his tribe’s star knowledge for decades. His job is teaching Lakota Studies at South Dakota’s Sinte Gleska University, a post he’s held since 1971. An elder of the Sicangu Oyate Lakota nation, Douville’s teachings keep alive his people’s knowledge, including a deep understanding of astronomy.
Walker Holmes spent Summer 2016 working in Rwanda with The Women’s Bakery. There, she learned all about the women cooking up their country’s future, one loaf at a time.
Janet Chihanga lends her heart to Komaza’s work: improving the lives of farmers while rehabilitating the environment.
“You can’t imagine how hard it was to live in the streets,” says Alex Beru, one of LivelyHood’s first hires. “Before I joined as a sales agent–you can’t imagine. It was hard for me to get food there in the streets. We were collecting scraps to get food, snatching anything.”
THANK YOU! On July 15, the My JOB team and I announced that the book would be available for pre-order through select retailers for the first time. This launch marked a major step toward our goals of sharing vibrant stories and fighting poverty worldwide through job...
The book MY JOB is a collection of stories, told by real people in their own voices, about their work and lives across the U.S. and around the world. Their stories range from a coffee farmer in Nicaragua, a horse therapist in Kentucky, a slack-rock guitarist in...
At 24 years, old Misozi Mkandawire is a Zambian millionaire who doesn’t believe in cash. Well not hard cash at least- instead, Misozi has built a successful career on mobile banking.
The My JOB Team and I are delighted to reveal our new cover! Our team strove to weave together the pieces that make a concept into bound book.
My first experience with the planet’s largest book trade show, Book Expo America (BEA), held in Chicago in May, left me dazed and dazzled.
Melony Swasey’s story shows one way a first-generation American has made her way in a world very different from that of her parents.
1. Just say no. Say no to everything and everybody. This includes your significant other, your buddies, your colleagues, even your publisher.
Nadine Niyitegeka’s chapter in the My JOB book provides an in-depth view into the life of a Rwandan survivor who now uses her experience to help others.
As the U.S. Presidential race approaches the nominating conventions, we take a look at each remaining candidate’s positions on the issues important to the American worker.
Today, our culture defines a job as work that we do for pay. To many Americans, however, a job means more than a paycheck.
Our “MY JOB” community believes the quickest way to achieve equitable global prosperity is to create dignified, reliable jobs.
After several months of careful deliberation and vetting, The MY JOBS team is proud to announce a partnership with a publishing house who…
Tyke Crowley achieved several lifetimes worth of dreams in his tragically short life. Yet, from scholar to policymaker, his greatest dream was to help others…
As the holiday rush brings more people- many of them young- into the workforce, Suzanne reflects on the job experiences which shaped her young career.
The story of a MY JOB narrator on the latest conflict in the Mideast, and why he refuses to give up hope for peace.
From Seattle, Katrina Spade hopes to modernize the way we think about death to make it a less frightening and altogether more growthful endeavor.
To become a Warrior of the Maasai Tribe, Wantay had the most difficult interview imaginable.
For a long time, what people did defined their lives, with occupation serving as identity. Will the Millennial Generation change that?
In Nicaragua, HABITAR finances affordable housing for the working poor because they believe the key to escaping poverty is having a place from which to do so.
In West Virginia, Coal River Mountain Watch leads the fight against destructive coal mining practices. It’s Junior Walk’s job to ensure that everyone knows why.
At the Northern California Grantmakers and Exponent Philanthropy workshop, Author Suzanne Skees taught an interactive workshop on how to identify core stories for nonprofits and funders, and how to build elements of engaging stories to connect your audience with your cause. She used several Skees Foundation “Seeds of Hope” stories and the MY JOB book to dissect what she terms “connective tissue” yoking narrator to reader in empathy that creates community and inspires empathic action.
In Ghana, Nurse Midwife Monica is at the cutting edge of her field by using mobile phone technology to network with mothers in need of quality natal care.
In Cincinnati, an architect supports a nonprofit benefitting pediatric cancer patients.
In India, Suzanne meets Arindam, who worked with Upaya Social Ventures to found the Tamul Plate factory and provide well-paying jobs to impoverished…
In Guatemala, Suzanne explores the importance of leadership development and interviews leading journalist and human rights activist, Alva Batres.
Suzanne learns firsthand about privilege and hope visiting with leaders at the PBMR Center determined to bring peace to the city’s youth.
Suzanne powers through traveler’s tummy and still manages to snag an amazing interview with Srey Pouv, a tenacious microlender in Cambodia.
Meandering around the Midwest I find myself back in the land of my father’s farm-boy roots and in the middle of what I call “horse heaven.”
Grammy-award winning Hawaiian musician George Kahumoku on his job: “I’m a farmer,” he says. “My music is just what I do to support my farming habit.”
A high-impact group of global philanthropists from The Philanthropy Workshop gathered for a series on using the arts to promote social justice; the weekend included music and dancing as well as talks by bestselling novelist Dave Eggers on his publishing company Voice of Witness as well as MY JOB author Suzanne Skees
Muhammad is still starving. “I pull the rickshaw for my next meal,” he told me. “If I don’t ride, we don’t eat that day.”
The idea of a book about jobs came to me one afternoon over a Thai noodle lunch in San Jose, California.
“Active listening that leads to action: There is no greater act of care than listening to someone’s story,” Skees told the audience of about fifty people gathered in the Embarcadero Center. “I believe the greatest form of intimacy is sharing our stories. It’s when we tell each other the stories of who we are that we reveal the layers below our surface and truly become close.“