Praise

Make no mistake, this book is not about advocacy by mouse click, phone messages left at Congressional switchboards, handwritten letters drafted during coffee hour and then forgotten, or lighting up Facebook and Twitter. It is about uncovering and then lighting up the unquenchable desire in each of us to make a difference in the world. It is about providing a powerful structure of support so that our courage is what drives us, not our fear. That is why this 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy is so critically important. The courage this book shows us how to unleash is our only hope to save creation for our grandchildren and for theirs.
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
from his Foreword to the 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy

In this 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy Sam Daley-Harris acknowledges the difference online activism has made but also challenges us to provide a deeper level of empowerment to our stakeholders who want it. It is a challenge we should heed.
Premal Shah, President
KIVA

Sam Daley-Harris has the unique ability to bring beauty and joy to the stories of citizen movements…It is rare that one reads a book on such serious topics but with so much engagement and fun. I highly recommend it.
Zainab Salbi, Founder
Women for Women

The importance of this book is that it shatters the notion “I don’t make a difference” and demystifies the question “What can I do?” Reclaiming Our Democracy shows, by example, what we can and must do. It chronicles the birth, the growing pains, the struggles, and the triumphs of a wish made manifest—that our lives can contribute to building a saner, safer world where human dignity is the birthright of each person.
Valerie Harper, Actress
from her Foreword to the first edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy

This 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy provides a prophetic voice that shows how organizations can go much deeper in their empowerment so that citizens can go much deeper in their stand for justice for the poor and for God’s creation. Read it, share it and discover new possibilities.
David Beckmann, President
Bread for the World

Members of Congress want and need the partnership of citizens to create meaningful change that embodies our highest ideals and we can’t do it without you. Read this book and be emboldened to get involved in making a greater difference on Capitol Hill than you ever dreamed possible.
Ambassador Tony P. Hall
Member of Congress (1979-2002)

I am grateful for the tireless work RESULTS has done to make the world a better place for children and the poorest families. In the pages that follow I hope you will hear the call to be a tenacious activist and be reassured that you don’t have to be rich or well-connected to make a difference in the lives of children.
Marian Wright Edelman
Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund
from her Foreword to the 10th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy

This 20th anniversary Edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy reminds us that we really all can do something to save the world.
Carolyn Miles, President & CEO
Save the Children

Sam Daley-Harris has changed the world in hugely important ways — several times…. This book shares, in Sam’s characteristically clear and straight-forward way, how you also can exercise this great power for the good.
Bill Drayton, CEO
Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker

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Sam Daley Harris has done inspiring work giving ordinary citizens their voice from his founding of the enormously effective RESULTS to helping launch Citizen’s Climate Lobby. He’s a great guide to effective involvement.
Paul Loeb, Author
Soul of a Citizen

This book is about more than reclaiming our democracy: it is about reclaiming the soul of citizenship.
Bill Shore, Founder and CEO
Share Our Strength

This book is a manual for anyone who wants to take action to make the world a better place. There are no excuses for inaction when the opportunities are made so clear by an advocate as accomplished as the author.
Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO
U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Sam Daley Harris is one of the most effective and insightful leaders of our time. The 20th anniversary and re-release of his seminal book, Reclaiming Our Democracy, is to be celebrated.
Bill and Lynne Twist, Co-founders
The Pachamama Alliance

I applaud Daley-Harris for drawing attention to the fact that individuals who care about these issues seek opportunities for “personal empowerment” and that sustained, thoughtful engagement with advocates has a significant impact on advancing policies that ultimately create real change in the world.
Helene Gayle, MD, MPH,
President and CEO
CARE

The story behind RESULTS is truly remarkable – and has as much power today in the climate fight and the remarkable work of the Citizens Climate Lobby as it did 25 years ago when RESULTS started empowering citizens to make a big difference on seemingly intractable problems like hunger and child mortality.
Jeff Nesbit, CEO
Climate Nexus

Within minutes of reading this book you will begin to discover that the resignation and inertia around our ability to transform the struggles of the bottom billion are as unfounded and ludicrous as the assumption that the world is flat. You will notice yourself itching to participate in what promises to be the grandest awakening of humankind…A wholehearted thumbs up for this powerful, life-affirming book on the possibilities of human culture at its best.
Katherine Woodward Thomas
Bestselling author of Calling in “The One,”
Co-founder of the Feminine Power Global Community

This updated version is even more important today than when it was first published. It is a must read for everyone who cares about the future and takes the responsibilities of citizenship seriously.
Melanie Verveer
US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues (2009-2013)

Reclaiming Our Democracy both inspires and gives us tools for a civil, and yet more effective participation in public discourse.
Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO
Church World Service

Reclaiming Our Democracy is filled with examples of people liberating themselves from their own fears in a way that truly does serve the world….Beneath the images of fingers nervously dialing the phone number of an editorial writer, voices quivering in a public presentation, and knees knocking together in a meeting with a member of Congress are the actions needed to change the world—and change the world they have.  RESULTS volunteers have played a critical role in having U.S. funding for Child Survival and UNICEF grow from $42.5 million in 1983 to more than $470 million a year in 2004, which has contributed to saving the lives of more than 11,000 children per day.
Marianne Williamson, author and lecturer
from her Foreword to the 10th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy

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