An inspiring personal story from VisionSpring's founder about claiming your transformative power, using your unique gifts to live in service of something bigger than yourself, and giving yourself the most precious gift of all: a life rich with meaning and hope, fulfilling days, and brighter tomorrows.
Founder of VisionSpring
Dare to Matter is a stirring, hopeful reflection on life, faith, legacy, meaning, and love that will guide and encourage you to try just a little bit harder to let your reach exceed your grasp as you find your way to make a difference at home and in the world.
An essential reminder that the greatest challenges of any age are no match for the good will, love, passion, and potential that abides in all human beings. I hope this superb book, rich with meaning and relevance, will inspire its readers to follow in Jordan's footsteps in making a difference for all.
As feelings of cynicism, apathy, and hopelessness threaten to divide people and asphyxiate progress, Dare to Matter is a breath of fresh, hopeful air. This book will restore your faith in what is possible, and inspire you to devote your personal power to making positive, meaningful change.
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Jordan Kassalow is an optometrist and social entrepreneur. He is a partner at a thriving practice in New York City and is also the Founder of VisionSpring, an award-winning social enterprise that works to provide eyeglasses to the 2.5 billion people who need them but lack access. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank. Since 2001, it has distributed over 5.5 million pairs of eyeglasses across 43 countries. Jordan is also the co-Founder of the EYElliance, a coalition of multi-sector experts including public, private, academic, and NGO partners that channelizes collective efforts to address the global unmet need for eyeglasses. Jordan was also the Founder of the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently named to Forbes Impact 30.
Jennifer Krause is a rabbi and the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time (Perigee). Her writing and commentary have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Time.com, O Magazine, O's Big Book of Happiness, and O's Little Guide to Finding Your True Purpose. Dubbed "one of NYC's Hippest Rabbis" and "the Jewish Katie Couric" by WNET's MetroFocus, Jennifer served as the High Holidays rabbi at Manhattan's 92Y, the first woman to hold that post in 92Y's 145-year history. Jennifer also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, a network of religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers of all backgrounds and affiliations who come together for nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on global issues.