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Resetting Our Future: Provocateurs not ...
By: Maiden R. Manzanal-Frank - Changemakers Books, $19.95

Description: Resetting Our Future: Provocateurs not Philanthropists provides everyday leaders with evergreen principles that can help them avoid mistakes when helping, overcome challenges, and achieve lasting impacts at the global level.

Verdict: You want to make a difference - to use your passions and talents in the developing world and create a meaningful, lasting impact. But you also know that billions of dollars are wasted on faulty and misguided aid and development projects on an annual basis.

While governments, multilateral organizations, and billionaire philanthropists continue to look for the next silver bullet, can you be confident that you can make a difference with who you are, what you have, and what you can imagine for the communities you feel called to work with?

Yes you can, according to Maiden R. Manzanal-Frank, a global impact advisor with roots in the Philippines and more than a decade in international community development experience.

In fact, where larger institutions and philanthropists often fail, you might well succeed by becoming a provocateur instead. Unlike the philanthropists, provocateurs are everyday leaders such as entrepreneurs, teachers, farmers, and engineers. They are ordinary people who make extraordinary personal and professional contributions to making the world a better place.

At this critical moment of history, with a pandemic far from over, we have the rare opportunity for a wondrous reset – to choose a different future. This highly heartfelt, and longingly thoughtful new book provides a platform for pragmatic thought leaders to come together and share their vision for change based on either their deep expertise or their once deeply buried vitriol having gotten to a whole new boiling point.

For communities and nations struggling to cope with the current crisis, let alone the bigger, world one that has been eating away at civilization now for a long, long time, this book provides a burst of hope and energy to help us take the first difficult steps towards a better future.

In short, what Maiden R. Manzanal-Frank has brought forth here today within the pages of Resetting Our Future: Provocateurs not Philanthropists is an inspiring and practical narrative that will leave readers feeling uplifted and empowered to create a future they are eager to embrace.

Ergo, this book distills real-life examples and insights from the experiences of provocateurs in the Global South into practical principles for success that will ensure your impacts will be sustainable and generative.

About the Author - Known as the Global Strategist, Maiden Manzanal-Frank advises governments, businesses, non-profits, and international organizations to achieve their impacts with precision and sustainability. As the Founder and President of GlobalStakes Consulting, she is a global impact advisor, an award-winning diversity champion, consultant, speaker, and mentor to many aspiring social innovators around the world.

She is the Bhichai and Khunying Charoye Rattakul Scholar for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Rotary Peace Center in Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She was an award recipient of the Outstanding Diversity Outreach and Communications Award from the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards.

Her professional and consulting experience spans short of two decades in the area of global humanitarian and aid development, economic development, and cross-cultural management working with municipalities, international organizations, and advisory councils at the national, regional, and international levels. She was born, grew up, and educated in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2010. She has traveled in 33 countries, and worked in 14 countries in Asia. She had consulting work with the United Nations.

She is a sought-after speaker and has facilitated hundreds of workshops, training, and group processes for various organizations and agencies since 2001. She has trained thousands of business owners, social entrepreneurs, social change makers, and non-profit leaders in many parts of the world.

She is the author and writer of published articles, policy briefs, white papers, and reports on peace and conflict, immigration and settlement, sustainability, strategy, and leadership. She taught at the College of the Holy Spirit of Manila, in the Philippines, guest lectured at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Global Development Institute, and currently lectures at the Red Deer Polytechnic Division for Advanced Education and the Rotary International Studies on Peace, Conflict Transformation, and Development at Chulalongkorn University. She lives in Alberta, Canada.

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