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Practices for a Moral Revolution
Book by Jacqueline Novogratz offers insights on how to build a better world
In a small village in Pakistan, a girl named Shameem Akhtar was born. Her tribe saw girls as a burden. No girl in her village had ever attended school. Her parents, only teenagers, did something daring and imaginative. They raised Shameem as a boy. Unlike other village girls, Shameem went to school. She sat at the feet of elder men during councils. And she studied hard to be the best in her class.
Eventually, Shameem went on to university. She was able to stop posing as a boy. After graduating, she started a job, allowing her to send money home to her parents. For the first time, her village saw the benefits of educating girls.
Shameem’s story is one of courage, love, and potential. Her parents challenged cultural status quos. Shameem’s potential could have been lost. Instead, she went on to earn a Ph.D. More importantly, she returned to her region to pay it forward. She is now a teacher, working to educate and empower eager and capable girls like she herself once was.
We came across Shameem’s story in Jacqueline Novogratz’s book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution. The Manifesto is 252 pages of resilient hope for change-makers. It is filled with inspiring stories like Shameem’s. Stories about people who lead with moral courage and imagination. People who make positive change in a broken world. People who use their gifts to lift the lives of the poor—smartly, empathetically, and effectively.
“What if our Golden Rule were not only “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” but also “Give more to the world than you take from it”?” Jacqueline asks.
With over 30 years of experience in change-making, Jacqueline cuts to the heart of things. She challenges how we calculate success in terms of profit and status. “Laughter, respect, a sense of belonging, dignity—these are the things that matter the most to our experience as human beings,” Jacqueline argues. Thus, they are the metrics that we should celebrate. That we should incorporate into business models. That we should embody in every domain of our lives.
Jacqueline’s book is a breath of fresh air for anyone feeling jaded by the state of the world. It is a rallying cry against cynicism and toward hope. Toward more than hope, toward action.
“Change is the domain of all of us,” she writes.
Change is the domain of Orant. It is the domain of you.
If you’re interested in building a more equitable and sustainable world, you might find value in reading Manifesto for a Moral Revolution. You can even host a book club. And/or, listen to the author share her expertise on this podcast. We’d love to hear what you think. Let us know!
The Orant Journal
Whether you are planning an African trip or just curious about the things we love about Malawi, read today’s blog to see the best things to do in Malawi!
Holidays are here again and we are so excited! Most of our team is taking time off with their families and loved ones, so please enjoy this blog while we are away. Celebrate the holidays with us the Malawian way!
Congratulations to the Ulemu Scholarship Recipients! Orant’s Ulemu scholarship seeks to invest in the education of outstanding, hardworking and intelligent Malawian students by sponsoring them towards getting a diploma or bachelor’s degree. Read their bios here!
Meet Jonathan Chikaonda, our sponsored student who got the highest points in his Malawi School Certificate Examinations (MSCE). Read our latest blog to learn more about Jonathan’s journey.
For the first time in the school’s 26-year history, Ngala Community Day Secondary School has a laboratory with lab supplies and chemicals. Read this week’s blog post to feel the excitement Ngala students and teachers share due to this development!
Introducing you to the culture of Malawi through a series of articles! The culture of Malawi is strong in spirituality and most people are active in religious groups. We’ll tell you about Malawi’s main religions and the people who practice them. Read on for more.
Congratulations to our sponsored student, Alick Nathan. Alick recently graduated from Malawi University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Honors Degree. Read our latest blog to learn more about Alick’s journey!
As we have discussed in some of our past blogs, Malawi Vision 2063 has three key pillars that guide the focus of the Vision. These three pillars are meant to build on each other to create the inclusively wealthy and self-reliant nation that they envision. In this blog, we will look at the second pillar of MW2063: Industrialization.
Introducing you to the culture of Malawi through a new series of articles! First in the series is the food of Malawi, an important part of culture and tradition. We’ll tell you about some traditional foods and even share some recipes! Read on for more.