3 good reads for your summer vacation
In between rain downpours and mere summer showers, many of us are getting ready for a brief respite someplace sunnier and warmer than this year’s Ohio summer. Whether you’re looking forward to hanging out at home, going to a favorite beach, lake or mountain venue, if you’re like me you’re looking for some good reading material to take along on your week off. If we lived in Europe, we’d have the whole month of August for holiday and could read them all. But since few of us can take that much time away, consider tucking one of these good reads into your travel bag as you head off.
The Happiness Advantage
Psychologist Shawn Achor writes in accessible, non-jargon language about how we’ve got it all backwards – we think we should work to be happy – and then lays out a path for how to take control of our own happiness and lead productive lives. This was one of two books the Philanthropy Ohio staff read this past spring. Watch his great TED talk, and then pick up the book.
Dreamland: the True Tale of America’s Opiate Addiction
Former LA Times reporter Sam Quinones traces the historical roots of the epidemic that threatens the health of thousands of people and their communities and reveals a frightening picture of how heroin has become so pervasive across America. His thoughtful research reaches into Columbus and southeastern Ohio, showing how Mexican heroin has permeated urban, suburban and rural areas without regard to income, race or gender.
Strategic Philanthropy and its Discontents
Paul Brest is a recognized deep thinker in philanthropy, having led the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and now as Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University. In his essay (complete with footnotes), Brest takes on the difficult tasks of untangling the various definitions of “strategic philanthropy” and then turns to a discussion of its practices, particularly as they relate to relationships between funders and grantees. It was written for a symposium of people gathered from the U.S. and Europe at Stanford University to discuss strategic philanthropy and is shared on the Stanford Social Innovation Review website.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold
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