The Future Makers

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The Future Makers

A Journey to People who are Changing the World – and What We Can Learn from Them

Are you looking for sense and meaning in your work? Would you like to be successful but expect more in the way of reward and fulfilment than just a paycheque?

The Future Makers offers 23 encouraging responses to these questions. It tells the diverse stories of people from around the world who have made a sustainable mark on the world through their careers: from an American financial market specialist to tree planters in Africa; from Japanese environmental experts to dancers in Argentina. The Future Makers are people who make the world a better, more beautiful and livable place for current and coming generations.

The Hafenmayers present these inspiring stories in an accessible, entertaining and thoughtful way. But they also do far more. The book presents a toolkit on how you can forge a career that has a positive impact on the world. This step-by-step process has already had a life-changing impact on readers of the original German edition. It is packed with helpful suggestions for personal development and reorientation – for a work life that will make you happier and deeply satisfied.

The Future Makers takes you on a journey to people whose values and visions aren't compartmentalized into corners of their lives. They live their dreams every day. This book will show you how you can do the same.

Voices about the future from all corners of the world. A fascinating garland of optimism.

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, founder of the Wuppertal Institute

Part I: A world tour with consequences

Part II: The portraits

1. "I don't have the right professional background"

  • Albina Ruiz Ríos – From jungle girl to refuse queen
  • Safia Minney – Fair trade – haute-couture: making beautiful clothes and making sense
  • Chris Eyre – A very different kind of venture capital
  • Maria Emilia Correa – From critiquing business to taking responsibility

2. "I'm too young or too old"

  • Dr V – The McDonaldisation of eye surgery
  • Vicky Colbert de Arboleda – Education not drugs
  • Isaac Shongwe – A lost child of the slums and an African leader
  • Photo impressions of our world tour
  • Mia Hanak – Why mobile phones earn a place in museums

3. "I am not financially secure"

  • Mariana Galarza – Promoting health instead of curing illness
  • Florian Krämer – Children deserve a better world
  • Njogu Kahare – Live your own values
  • Karen Tse – The journey is the destination

4. "I am already successful with what I'm doing"

  • David Bussau – The economy of "enough"
  • Inés Sanguinetti – The wake-up call: uniting passions
  • Ashok Khosla – The power of temptation
  • Erin Keown Ganju – No signposts pointing to happiness
  • Jordan Kassalow – Using your own potential

5. "What will others think of me?"

  • Roma Debabrata – The healing effects of a poisonous injection
  • David Suzuki – Visions for grandchildren
  • Amory Lovins – Let's build a world: thriving, verdant, just and secure!
  • Charles Maisel – Treat adults as adults
  • Thilo Bode – Change in the face of opposition
  • Junko Edahiro – Fountain of hope in critical times

Part III: Your path to positive impact

  • Criteria for positive impact and sustainable well-being as a measure
  • Five paths to a job with meaning
  • An idea becomes reality – options to help you realise a job with positive impact
  • Dr Muhammad Yunus – Social business entrepreneurs are the solution

Part IV: Appendices

JOANNA STEFANSKA HAFENMAYER is Managing Director of 'MyImpact', with expertise in developing corporate responsible leadership programmes.
WOLFGANG HAFENMAYER is Managing Partner of LGT Venture Philanthropy, improving the lives of the disadvantaged.


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