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It will take all of us.

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, a new book from New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Novogratz, reveals 12 leadership practices for anyone eager to build a better world.


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“When we look at the world’s problems, it’s easy to be discouraged—and maybe even conclude that positive change is futile. There’s a remedy for this discouragement: Jacqueline Novogratz’s Manifesto for a Moral Revolution. ”

Arthur C Brooks, author and president emeritus, American Enterprise Institute & Professor of Practice, Harvard Kennedy School and Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School

“This book is a timely reminder that our orientation to the work is as important as the work itself. For the many who want to do good but have not quite thought about the mindsets that will allow them to do such good, this book is necessary.”

DeRay McKesson, activist, organizer, podcaster, and author

“Don't let the words 'manifesto' and 'revolution' fool you; this book is all about love, humility, and patience. Novogratz shows the power of listening — not just to the poor but to everyone who can help you see new possibilities.”

Jonathan Haidt, New York Times bestselling author

“An urgent manifesto about what it means to stand with the poor, to see through clear eyes, and most of all, to do work worth doing. Jacqueline Novogratz helps each of us understand that we’re capable of so much, if we only cared enough.”

Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author

“Everyone who wants to have an impact on the world—from entrepreneurs, philanthropists and CEOs, to volunteers, teachers and advocates—would be wise to keep a copy of this new book by Jacqueline Novogratz at hand.”

Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

“Wise and optimistic… provides a benevolent tonic for those looking to rise above the troubled waters of the age and embrace the ‘beautiful struggle’ of rebuilding our broken world. An inspiringly hopeful book.”

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Path of Moral Leadership

Today, more than ever, our world needs individuals with moral imagination and a will to face the beautiful struggle of creating a more inclusive, just, and sustainable world. Join us for an Acumen Academy course that explores 12 practices that we've learned from nearly 20 years working with effective leaders who have broken boundaries and improved how the poor, the vulnerable, and the earth are treated.

About the Author

Jacqueline Novogratz is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Sweater and Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

She founded Acumen in 2001 with the idea of investing philanthropic patient capital in entrepreneurs seeking to solve the toughest issues of poverty. As a pioneer of impact investing, Acumen and its investments have brought critical services like healthcare, education and clean energy to hundreds of millions of low-income people.

Jacqueline has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to her work with Acumen, she is a sought-after speaker and sits on a number of philanthropic boards.

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alex amouyel

July 07, 2020

12:00pm EDT

MIT Solve with Alex Amouyel

Jacqueline Novogratz joins Alex Amouyel to discuss the importance of essential qualities for leaders committed to creating social change.

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Manuela Roosevelt

July 08, 2020

9:00am EDT

Tomorrow Is Now with Manuela Roosevelt

As part of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership "Tomorrow Is Now" Series, Jacqueline Novogratz joins Manuela Roosevelt to discuss Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy in today's global challenges.

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July 08, 2020

11:00am EDT

Toniic with Adam Bendell

Jacqueline Novogratz joins Adam Bendell to discuss how we can use this moment of uncertainty to bring about a moral revolution and reimagine our institutions.

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Yarrow Kraner

July 08, 2020

2:00pm EDT

HATCH Global Living Room with Yarrow Kraner

Join Jacqueline Novogratz in conversation with Yarrow Kraner on moral leadership in a time of crisis.

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