Posted by admin on 05.30.2008 at 9:45 am
Phi Theta Kappa Members Walk for Sudan
We all know that Phi Theta Kappa members are great, and we count on them to run some of our best Book Drives. We were recently touched by a story of a group that is not only running a Better World Books book drive, but also reaching out to try to help coordinate something amazing.
Many of us have heard the plight of the 27,000 “lost boys” of Sudan, their perilous 1,000 mile walk left more than half dead, and the rest came home to a country devastated by war, bare of essentials like clean water and schools. Matt Hoffman, a Phi Theta Kappa member at Illinois Central College, was touched by these horrific stories and moved to immediate action. Matt reflects, “A good friend of mine, Sean Fahey from Endless Eye informed me that his 501c3 had committed to raising funds to shoot a documentary film to raise awareness about the situation in Southern Sudan.”
Sean’s organization has been working with Justin Machien Luoi (www.pacodes.org), a Lost Boy, to build a library, a school, and provide clean water for Panyijiar County, Southern Sudan. Matt wanted to know how Upsilon Mu, Illinois Central College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, could get involved. They talked for a few hours that night and decided to design a “walk event” in Peoria, Illinois. That is how Walk Sudan was born.
Walk Sudan is a project intended to raise awareness and funds to build a library in Panyijiar County, Southern Sudan, a region that has been devastated by 20 years of civil war and ethnic conflict.
Matt is reaching out to Phi Theta Kappa members to help with this great cause, “I’ve been fortunate to witness the generosity, passion, and perseverance exhibited by Phi Theta Kappans and I know that, with a little effort, we can help rebuild Southern Sudan and become part of something bigger than ourselves!”
In addition to helping coordinate the walk, Matt and his chapter are going to run their campus Better World Books book drive as usual; only this time, they are going to take the funding they earn from this book drive and graciously give it to the Sudan Project!
Better World Books and Books for Africa have begun working on a partnership with Walk Sudan to help pay for the shipping of books to Sudan. Pat Plonski, Director Books for Africa, comments
“The need for books in Sudan is enormous because of the difficulty involved in shipping to that country. The roads are very bad, and going to Southern Sudan represents a shipment almost to the very heart of Africa, which greatly increases the costs and logistical hurdles involved. For these reasons, we really appreciate the opportunity to work with partners like these who are willing to go the extra mile and get these books where they are so desperately needed.”
Better World Books will be using money from the newly created BWB fund in addition to money generated by Walk Sudan to help cover the cost of shipping. If you are interested in helping Walk Sudan reach their goal of building and stocking a library in Southern Sudan please contact Matt Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Links to more information:
http://revver.com/video/698354/walk-sudan/ – our video (produced by Endless Eye)
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177134747 – our Facebook
http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/12/10/news/state/144197.txt – some press re: Justin’s efforts
Posted by admin on 05.30.2008 at 9:23 am
Check out some of the latest comments on the blog:
On A Prolific Trip of Epic Proportions 5
MGD says: “It is great to see those young children reading. They appear to enjoy doing that. Keep the good job guys.”
On Show Us Some Love, Finnish Edition
Sanntu says: “Hi! Nice site! I don’t know how you manage to have such low international shipping prices AND do some charity as well but I’ll be sure to buy something… soon.
So, I’m Finnish and might be able to help you out. The whole article is maybe a tad longish to translate completely (at least now, it’s 3 a.m.) and doesn’t seem to be online anyway.
But here’s what the caption says, roughly:
“$Millions to promoting literacy: ‘Way back in school I used to dream about a company whose operations were inseparably connected with charity,’ says Xavier Hegelsen.
All in all it seems like a positive story and if there’s something more you’d like to know, do ask.”
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Kristin says: “I had never heard of you before and I am so happy I came across your book store at the Chicago Green Festival! Thanks for coming out to our town!”
On Show Us Some Love, May 12 Edition
Cathy says: “My first encounter with BetterWorld was with a book I bought on Amazon. No more Amazon for me now that I have found this great site.”
Well Cathy, I’m not going to complain.
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Posted by admin on 05.28.2008 at 2:44 pm
We’re on Facebook! Yup. If you go here you can become a fan of Better World Books, along with the myriad others who have done so (100+ in the first 4 hours!).
Also, if you check our YouTube channel (yeah, we’re kind of a big deal) then you can check out the latest videos and some of our favorite videos as well.
If you’re feeling a little lazy and already added us on Facebook you can check out one video here…
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Posted by admin on 05.27.2008 at 11:39 am
You may or may not know, but not only is Better World Books green focused in our business practices, but we also make efforts in local communities, such as Mishawaka, IN where the warehouse resides. Our “Green Team” embarks on many a green activity, be it Bike to Work Week or our latest effort:
So we’ve begun the co-op garden journey: the fence is partially erected; soil tilled; geometrically interesting (triangles) plots have been laid out- BUT we still need your help. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week we will have a drop-in volunteer session at 12:30 running for about 45 minutes. Come on out and help us prepare for planting next Friday. Check out the attached photo and see how much fun was had today!
Using frisbees to clean up, +1. Breaking glass without safety gear engaged… -4.
[Ed: We don't do green because it's hip, we're green because when we leave work, that's what each of us is about and at Better World Books our company values are shaped by the employees, our primary stakeholders.]
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Posted by admin on 05.26.2008 at 6:22 pm
Hey all, Happy Memorial Day! Hope you’re enjoying some barbequeing and friends and honoring those who’ve sacrificed for US freedom.
If you’re looking for some good reading on the topic, may I suggest the following:
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (drama, fiction)
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (non-fiction, very well done)
The First World War by John Keegan (a real authority on the topic)
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (a totally screwed version of someone who was involved in the Dresden bombings… typical (awesome) Vonnegut)
Enjoy the day off get some reading done to remind you of what people did to get you more than just a four day work week…
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Posted by admin on 05.23.2008 at 10:36 am
Maybe you’re a better man than I, but I can’t read Finnish. I know what you’re thinking, “Jack, in your studies at Holy Cross you never got through Hurskas Kurjuus by Sillinpaa? Shame, shame!” I know, believe me.
However, if you have Finnish under control maybe you can tell us what this awesome full page pull out says in KD or as they know it “Kristillisdemokraattinen viikkolehti” (yes, that is the title of the newspaper… seriously). So far on the site I’ve ascertained that “Etusivu = homepage” and “Arkisto = archive.”
If you can find it, in the March 30th edition we got some awesome press (I think…):
“Lukutaidon edistamiseen jo mlijoonia dollareita: Haaveilen jo koulussa yrityksesta, jonka toimintaan liittyisi erottamattomasti hyvantekevaisyys, sanoo Xavier Hegelsen.”
Hey… I recognize something there!
[Update, I think "Haku" is search but I have yet to find the article in the archives... I'll keep you posted!]
[Update 2: This is an interview with Xavier! Scandanavia loves its own!]
For more press about Better World Books go HERE.
Posted by admin on 05.23.2008 at 10:13 am
Maybe you haven’t seen the new site yet, that’s cool, we can still be friends, but seriously, you should check it out: www.betterworld.com. If you have, sneak those eyes down to the bottom right to the staff picks section. There we have a ton of suggestions to ease your searching soul, be it searching for high literary works (Eliot, Pynchon), style (Dior, Victorian era), horror (King), business books (the brothers Heath), or just a good read (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime anyone?) or Bengal poetry (not even going to try to type that author name, it’s not going to go well).
Regardless of what you’re into, you’re going to find a good suggestion and a good price at the site, so check it out. Also, expect more reviews and more staff picks coming soon.
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Posted by David on 05.22.2008 at 10:06 am
Hello everyone. Take a look at the attached .pdf from Books for Africa.
Sullivan Summit.pdf (911.48 KB)
This flyer was sent to all 500+ delegates attending the “Sullivan Summit” in Arusha, Tanzania. Note that Better World Books, through the Better World Books Fund within Books For Africa, is sponsoring the shipment and that the books will be distributed by the Poverty Eradication Network (PEN) in Tanzania. Natasha Harris, Niko Tomlinson, Mary Murphy, Jaime Knabet, Dustin Holland and myself visited the PEN folks in the summer of 2006 and have continued to stay in touch with them (Mungwe and Andrea). They do fantastic work (based in Dodoma, the national capital of Tanzania) throughout the country.
To find out more about the Sullivan Summit VIII, go to www.thesullivanfoundation.org/summit/.
Posted by Jack on 05.21.2008 at 10:31 am
OK, ok, I know what you’re thinking: “Jack, what did you expect me to do while you were gone? How can I go on without a BetterWorldBlog update?” and I hear you, I do. Trouble is, with the awesomeness that was Chicago this weekend, I was real busy, don’t worry, we’re going to work through this, and let me tell you how.
First, I made you some things, interviews and stuff that are going to be on the new site. See, I still dig you.
Second, I’ve got photos to prove I was at work, they’re not all up yet, but they’re comin, just you wait. In fact, I’ve got video. Yup, video.
Third, there’s more exclusive content coming, just for you, because we’re going to do this together. By the way, have you seen www.betterworld.com lately? I’ve been real busy, but I think it’s coming together. I’m doing it for you reader. Did Van Gogh’s screaming alien people complain that his masterpiece was taking too long? I think not!
Your bookstore loves you,
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Posted by David on 05.21.2008 at 7:22 am
Make sure to read the March 21st article in the New York Times written by David Brooks, entitled “Thoroughly Modern Do-Gooders”. This is an excellent article on Social Entrepreneurship and there are many points from the article that connect directly with what we have built here at Better World Books.
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