New Philanthropy: Ending Malaria With an Anthology on Efficiency

More

Altruism by way of self-improvement, or what optimizing your workflow has to do with saving children with mosquito nets in Africa

This year, The Domino Project set out to change the future of publishing, and now it's out to change the future of philanthropy. The project's latest release, by author Michael Bungay Stanier of Box of Crayons fame, is out to tackle one of our civilization's grimmest epidemics: malaria. (And if the gravity of the issue still hasn't stopped you dead in your tracks -- like, for instance, the fact that a child dies of malaria every 45 seconds -- watch Bill Gates' 2009 TED talk.)

End Malaria: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save a Life, released on End Malaria Day today, is a fantastic anthology that will save lives -- by helping you be better, smarter, more efficient at your job. The book features essays, tips, and insights on great work by 62 leading writers and thinkers -- including Brain Pickings favorites Sir Ken Robinson, Brené Brown,Kevin Kelly, Scott Belsky, Barry Schwartz, Daniel Pink, Derek Sivers and more -- with $20 out of every $25 book sale (that's 80 percent, for the mathematically challenged) going to Malaria No More to buy mosquito nets for Africa, still the most effective malaria prevention method. (For comparison purposes, most product-based charitable contributions are in the 5-10 percent range.)

Divided into eight key areas of insight -- including creating freedom, disrupting "normal," and taking small steps -- the essays range from the pithy to the profound, equal parts actionable blueprint for optimizing your own work and fascinating peek into the workflow and creative process of some of today's most admired thinkers and doers.

"We seek to substitute rules for discretion, scripts for imagination." --Barry Schwartz

"Beta is an act of transparency and an admission of humility." --Jeff Jarvis

"Wanting to do two non-compatible things has a name. It's called stress." --Seth Godin

End Malaria is an inspired effort to bridge the divide between selflessness and self-interest, inviting you to help eradicate both malaria and your own creative plateaus with something as humble yet potent as a book -- what's not to love?

Images: The Domino Project.

TEMPLATEBrainPickings04.jpg

This post also appears on Brain Pickings.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK and GOOD, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

In a series of candid video interviews, women talk about self-image, self-judgment, and what it means to love their bodies


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In