Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?

  • Title: Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?
  • Author: Jim Ziolkowski James S. Hirsch
  • ISBN: 9781451683554
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Walk in Their Shoes Can One Person Change the World The powerful personal story of Jim Ziolkowski the man behind the organization buildOn which turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad and his inspiring mission to change the w
    The powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski, the man behind the organization buildOn which turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time.Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create buildOn, a service oriented program that goes into high risk areas around the worThe powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski, the man behind the organization buildOn which turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time.Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create buildOn, a service oriented program that goes into high risk areas around the world to work with students in their communities Under Jim s leadership, buildOn volunteers have contributed than 850,000 hours of community service, and the organization has constructed than 430 schools worldwide, from the South Bronx, to Detroit, Chicago, and Oakland, to Haiti, Senegal, Nicaragua, and Nepal.Walk in Their Shoes is packed with the ingredients of a powerful bestseller as it traces Jim s story from his transformation from a thrill seeking twenty something backpacker, to a Harlem based idealist trying to launch a not for profit organization, and finally to the head of buildOn.Ziolkowski compellingly chronicles his exciting story of worldwide travel and adventure, creating a moving portrait of the power of faith, teamwork, and the boundless potential of the human spirit Blessed with relentless optimism and an unshakable faith, both of which have fortified his commitment to the poor and the underprivileged, Jim Ziolkowski s inspirational memoir reveals that helping and empathizing with others can help and heal ourselves.

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    About Jim Ziolkowski James S. Hirsch


    1. Jim Ziolkowski is the Founder, President and CEO of buildOn, a non profit organization that builds schools in developing countries while also running community service programs for high school students in America At home or abroad, Jim s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education Inspired by his own travels to some of the most impoverished cities in the world, Jim derailed his promising career in corporate finance to dedicate his life to an unabashedly idealistic mission Since it was founded in 1992, buildOn students have contributed than 1,000,000 hours of service Many of these students have also been involved in building over 500 schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Mali, Malawi, Senegal and Nepal More than 72,000 children, parents, and grandparents attend these schools every day More than two decades later, Jim is still the guiding force of buildOn Deeply influenced by his own religious faith, shaped by his personal meetings with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama, and hailed by President Barack Obama, Jim likes to say, We re not a charity we re a movement He graduated cum laude from Michigan State University with a Bachelor s degree in Finance, and he has been featured on many news outlets, including NBC s TODAY Show, CNN, CBS Evening News, and the Big Ten Sports Network.


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    1. For non-Christian readers I would like to say, don't be put off by some reviewers references to the author's "deep faith". His Catholic upbringing and beliefs really are not there to preach, convert, or judge, but do provide important personal context to the ways he found meaning through the work he started and continues to do today. Even though I don't share his faith, I feel that by sharing his beliefs, and the things that challenged his faith, his story becomes more intimate and real for the [...]

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    2. I was a first reads winner of "Walk in Their shoes" Jim Ziolkowski.wrote of his 20 plus years as a humanitarian who went around the world and helped build schools for the desperately poor.He gave up a career to Join "Buildon" in the USA that helped teens to volunteer in cities like Detroit, the Bronx. he even lived in Harlem for a couple years.Over the years Jim and volunteers have built schools in Haiti,Nepal south Africa. to date over 550 schools world wide.I found this book touching, I loved [...]

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    3. *Spoiler alert*This is an amazing book. Of course, being an active buildOn (the organization that Jim founded) student who has fundraised money and traveled to Nepal to build a school, my opinions might be a bit biased. I was lucky enough to get the book from buildOn before it's release, and when I finished I was like WOW I had known some of Jim's stories before, but this book in it's entirety gave me a complete new perspective on the hardships that he had to overcome for the past 20+ years. Aft [...]

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    4. It has been a great journey. Reading this book, felt like reading Jim's diary. It was awesome and special. It helps in knowing how things would really go to build something like BuildOn. I enjoyed to the max and it influenced me a lot. Thanks Jim.I will miss all characters mentioned in the book too.

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    5. Amazing book by someone who truly walks the walk! Yes, one person clearly can change the world for the better. Inspirational!!

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    6. A good book about discovering the pressing needs of others and taking direct action to help. I have traveled the world for business and have seen extreme poverty and look for ways to help alleviate it. Jim found a way by taking things one step at a time and has built upon his success. It's a beautiful way to accomplish multiple purposes, build schools, get inner city kids involved in helping others and educate young people.I'm going to try to get involved with BuildOn in Phoenix for kids I work [...]

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    7. Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?, is a truly inspiring book. I found Jim Ziolkowski's attitude and outlook to be refreshing in a world of me,me,me. He makes no bones about his faith being his core strength but he does not preach or judge others. The work he has done with buildOn has impacted so many people around the world and here in the States that it is a true example of the ripple effect. I found his personal actions and thoughts about what he did to be real. This book i [...]

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    8. I have to make a disclaimer that I currently work with buildOn and that was what brought me to read the book but it was an amazing read. I truly understood what Jim went through to start the organization and the drive and passion he has for changing the world. I personally could relate as I have felt a calling since college to make a difference in the lives of others and have selected my career path based on that. I am lucky and fortunate to get to work with the students at buildOn and I hope ot [...]

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    9. I was privileged to read the galley proof this May. While I recognize many of the themes and anecdotes having known Jim for nearly twenty years, I was impressed by the depth of his spiritualism that forms the foundation of his beliefs and drive. buildOn, the organization he founded, has made a lasting positive impact stamping out illiteracy and empowering kids and adults across the globe. Jim has been an inspiration for me and so many others around the world. I hope others will equally be touche [...]

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    10. Walk in Their Shoes:Can One Person Change the World?Short answer: YESHow? one person shows another person who shows another person how to do what Jim does --the organization builds.One person living in abject poverty receives an education and teaches others. A mother receives an education and her children become educated.One school is built for Grades 1-3, and 3 years later, the community, without BuildOn, builds another school for Grades 4-6, and it continues.But although this book recounts the [...]

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    11. A must read. One person really can change the world. It's no longer if we have a choice but whether we are going to decide to make a difference.

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    12. Fear is useless what is needed is trust.

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    13. Walk In Their Shoes by Jim Ziolkowski (w/James S. Hirsch) was received as a giveaway through First Reads program (sponsored by ).This is an autobiography of the author introducing himself as living a fairly normal life with loving parents, through high school and continued emotional support through his college years. The story further elaborates about the strengths the parents had regarding life and their faith (Catholicism). After just a short time at a prestigious program which would further h [...]

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    14. Although there were many times I thought the author was a naive idiot, I also felt he was noble in his venture to be the change. Education is something the United Nations believe is a right of every human being, but is not happening due to poverty. Jim Ziolkowski had a promsing career with GE he decided to leave the corporate world to create the organization buildOn. BuildOn is a organization that turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad and to build schools in the poores [...]

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    15. Another in a string of books that have proven to be far more interesting than I'd anticipated -- not going to argue with that! Not long after college, Ziolkowski cofounded a company dedicated to working with youth in the U.S. while building schools in developing countries. What started as a short-term vision -- three schools on three continents -- grew, and he stuck with it, in part because of a religious drive to serve and in part because he found it so satisfying.My middle-of-the-road rating h [...]

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    16. Walk in Their Shoes, was a very inspirational read for me. This book is a biography about Jim Ziolkowski, a successful businessman who abruptly changed his career after a life-changing trip with his brother around the world. After Jim’s experiences abroad, he came back and gave up his corporate career at GE, to start a non-profit organization to build schools and help people. It was amazing to see how one person on a mission can make a difference in the world. I highly enjoyed myself while rea [...]

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    17. *DISCLOSURE*- I won this book as a Good Reads "First Reads" giveaway.When I first received this book, I was hoping that it wasn't just another info-book written to promote a particular cause. I had nothing to be concerned about. Jim Ziolkowski took me on a journey to places that I could only imagine seeing. He did something that many us wish to do, experiencing life with those that we would like to help, not just writing another check for an NGO. I can't imagine the courage that it must have tak [...]

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    18. I was fortunate enough to receive this book as a first reads winner. I found Walk In Their Shoes to be truly inspirational. I went to a high school that required community service and funded part of my college career with a community service organization that requires 900 hours of service every two years. I'm now a college instructor who incorporates service into my courses, when appropriate. Clearly, I have been actively involved in service for a while and believe it to be pretty essential to [...]

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    19. Jim Ziolkowski is faithful, devoted, selfless and inspiring. Finding balance between being a mother, working for a Rabbi, doing more than just going to church, and finding a way to give back to our world can be daunting sometimes. SPOILER ALERT:Some quotes from this book to inspire: "Can one person change the world? The best short answer I've heard comes from a buildOn student from the South Bronx "Yes," she said, "but not by yourself.""While my choices have led me on a unique path, you have you [...]

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    20. This story of one American man's journey around the world. to follow his heart and soul to affect positive change around the world was inspiring and faith-affirming (regardless of whatever faith/spiritual practice you follow). Jim's service to others is deeply rooted in his spiritual practice and while his practice differs significantly from mine, I found myself energized by his practical application of faith to everyday service. I resonated with the message that all beings suffer (including tho [...]

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    21. I LOVED this book! I want to go out and change the world. Being from the same area as the author and Catholic, I've heard of him, ran into him and had the honor of meeting him. He is amazing! His story is doubly amazing. It will inspire you, make you weep and most of all make you wonder if you can change the world. I was so excited to FINALLY get to read this book and the fact it was assigned was like a bonus, pleasure reading for class!! Read this book! Be inspired. YOU can make a difference.

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    22. There is a bigger, more complex world outside your world. Open your eyes and it's one hell of a life out there. Awesome book on education, which always fascinates me. Without education, it's always a darkness of illiteracy, but when knowledge is present, there is hope. Learned a lot from his journey. Great outcomes are started with passion and willingness to suffer through tribulations ahead to reach the purpose we want to serve. Recommended read!

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    23. Best novel I've ever read! It evoked so many emotions that I literally laughed aloud and cried silently. After reading this novel, my answer to the question, can one person change the world" has changed. Every human being should aspire to be like Jim. Thank you for giving us this amazing story. I wish there were more photos.

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    24. Walk in Their Shoes is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. Jim Ziolkowski is an incredible role model, and his story is not only inspirational, but motivational. The importance of what he is doing is incredible, and it is so important that the word gets out with the help of this book that tells his story. This is definitely a must read!

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    25. Walk in Their Shoes is a book about perseverance and how one person can change the world. It shows that even though there are dark times in our life, we will find the light again if we try. An uplifting story, Walk in Their Shoes is a great book for everyone, especially people who want to achieve something but don't know how to get there.

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    26. Inspiring story of a young man's life and faith that left my heart feeling full of hope. I am a 911 Dispatcher and all to often deal with peoples bad and ugly moments. It is beacuse of my career that this story gives me hope that yes 1 person does make a difference. Thank you for sharing your this piece of your life with us!

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    27. A true story of an amazing man who gave up his corporate job to start an organization which builds schools in the developing world as well as created programs in inner city schools to get kids to do service work. Some of those kids went overseas to help build the schools. He also has a child with serious health issues. He said it is his faith which keeps him going.

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    28. This was an amazing book and story, I teared up at some parts of the book. It was sweet and touching and very inspirational. I 100% recommend this beautiful book. What Jim had to had gone through both personally and professionally shows strength, hope, faith, and love. I'm so happy to have won this book and I would reread this all over again.

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    29. BuildOn is an amazing organization that does so much for our youth and promoting literacy worldwide. This book was a fascinating and well written account of its history, founders and stories of amazing individuals. It's a fast read and worth it.

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    30. Jim's book is inspiring and extremely moving. His faith in God is evident in many of his stories, and is a major thematic concept throughout the novel. I think this book will inspire others to become involved in the buildOn movement.

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