So Dewey has posted a Weekly Geeks that combines two of my favorite things – books and activism – woo hoo!

I’m supposed to, for the week’s prompt, choose a cause and find books about it. . . so I’m going to talk about poverty.

I’m already reading Common Wealth by Jeffrey Sachs, and it’s very good so far. I also hear (from some of you as well as others) that his book The End of Poverty is life-changing.
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Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail by Paul Polak
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But Sachs is very big on the Millennium Development Goals, and a lot of people, including Dean Cycon – who wrote Javatrekker (see my review of that book here ), seem to be hesitant about counting on those goals as anything beyond government lip-service. . . So I’d also like to read some stuff that is more grassroots’
like:
Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference by Shannon Daley Harris
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Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
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Oh, and while this book isn’t strictly about poverty, Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains is a great piece of writing about the way that poverty affects healthcare.

Also, if you’re looking for two great organizations that are working to alleviate poverty through micro-finance, check out Hope International for a faith-based approach and Kiva for a general approach.

P.S. The Environmental Blog has posted another of my reviews on Mad Sheep: The True Story of the USDA’s War on a Family Farm.