The Blue Sweater: Bridging the gap between rich and poor in an interconnected world

A book by Acumen Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz

The Blue Sweater is the inspiring personal memoir of a woman who has spent her life on a quest to understand global poverty and to find powerful new ways of tackling it. From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen’s Founder and CEO, brings us a series of insightful stories and unforgettable characters — from women dancing in a Nairobi slum, to unwed mothers starting a bakery, to courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, to entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds.

She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called “patient capital” can help make people self-sufficient and change millions of lives. More than just an auto-biography or a how-to guide to tackling poverty, this book challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.

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The Blue Sweater has been used by schools and organizations around the world. Teach it in your classroom or organize a book club reading with friends or colleagues. Bonus: Jacqueline will donate her paperback royalties to Acumen and other organizations tackling social change.

“Jacqueline’s book and her work represent an entirely new way to look at things.” — Seth Godin, Author

“The Blue Sweater is a book of hope written by a practical idealist who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.” — Bill Bradley, Former Senator

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