Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World


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Casper Press
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5.5 X 0.59 X 8.5 inches | 0.74 pounds
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About the Author

Nan Alexander Doyal has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia for more than three decades; most recently as President of The International Forum - an organization that designs active learning experiences for the leaders of global corporations. For more than ten years she led and managed this organization and its network worldwide; assessed the challenges facing global corporations and created programs to address these. Working with multi-disciplinary and multi-culture teams on the ground, she helped to design and run hands-on leadership and active learning programs in Japan, China, India, Thailand, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Belgium and the United States. Prior to joining The International Forum she was a vice president with Ameritech Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, ran her own direct marketing firm, held several positions at American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc. in New York, worked for Shiseido Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan and for RBC Dominion Securities, in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of Smith College and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2008 she began a journey to re-connect with people she had met in the world who were solving problems in creative and sustainable ways. She recounts their stories and what she learned in Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World. This is her first book.


"Dig Where You Are casts an important framework for modern leadership and driving sustainable change -- in any kind of organization. It's an inspirational reminder of the power of purpose, conviction and customer focus."

-RICH WILLIAMS, Chief Executive Officer, Groupon

"Dig Where You Are brings to life seven individuals and the cutting edge philanthropy and social enterprise they bring to bear on a relentless societal need. None do what they do for the money, and none do it for fame; each are pulled forward by the stark need that they are uniquely qualified to fill. I urge you to read this book, then reflect on what gnarly unachievable need you are uniquely qualified to fill."

-F.K. DAY, Founder and CEO, World Bicycle Relief and Executive Vice President, SRAM Corporation

"Nan Doyal's book reminds us that we are not passive spectators of our own lives, our neighborhoods and communities. Today, there is no corner of the world that is not confronted by a dizzying array of challenges, large and small. Millions of thoughtful people wake up every morning caring about this, but finding themselves either frozen or overwhelmed. Dig Where You Are is a clarion call to action - to not waste a moment, to begin today. While there can be no assured outcomes, there is most definitely the assurance of a richer life, filled with empowerment and purpose."

-SWATI and RAMESH RAMANATHAN, Co-Founders, JANA Group-committed to fixing India's cities

"Nan Doyal shows us the quiet power of community-based efforts to make things better, while persuading us that we can accomplish more than we think. What is most profound is that each of the protagonists in this book has succeeded because their motivation is first and foremost to fix a problem, and not advance their own interests. It is their courage to step forward and take personal responsibility for helping others that is so inspiring and makes the message of this book an important one for us to understand and embrace, especially now."

-DANIELLE BRIAN, Executive Director, Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

"For more than a decade Nan Doyal helped leaders of global corporations learn from the experiences of others from different cultures and walks of life, in a unique and inspirational way. Now, as a writer she has made this opportunity available to many more. In Dig Where You Are, she takes us to places and people we could never find or understand on our own."

-JOHN ABRAHAMSON, Chairman, Lund University School of Economics and Management, and Managing Director, SEB Sweden