Remember that feeling when you were a teen – when you looked at the world and thought, I can make it better? In Talent for Humanity, seven voices harken readers back to the optimism of their youth and through their own stories argue for its resurrection.
Each of the seven individuals was chosen as a first recipient of a “Human Spirit Award,” in honor of their positive contribution to mankind. Yet these aren’t government leaders, public servants or people who pursued a career first and service second. These are men and women who at some time in their lives experienced a shift in perspective that changed the way they saw themselves in relation to the rest of the world. Instead of seeing their abilities, passions and aspirations as their own, they suddenly saw those gifts as tools with which to serve others – talents for humanity.
You’ll hear the inspiring stories of:
Reza – Iranian award-winning National Geographic photojournalist
Sherry and Bob Jason – Attorneys and founders of City Hearts
Aliza Have – singer, songwriter and peacemaker
Deeyah Khan – Emmy-award winning film director and producer
Yarrow Kraner – builder of innovative social media communities
Daniele Finzi Pasca – Olympic ceremony creator and director
Following their personal stories of transformation, both in their lives and subsequently in the lives of others, each narrator offers their own “Letter to Humanity,” a manifesto which the reader is invited to imitate in the final blank pages of the volume.
Every piece celebrates the spirit of creativity, philanthropy and humanism that combines to combat what editor and contributor Patrick Gaffney identifies in brief as “poverty, apathy, closed-mindedness, oppression, and prejudice,” among other things.
Find your copy at all major booksellers and at www.talentforhumanity.org.