WOW | What You Think

A BOOK THAT INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE

Compiled by: Pabita Dahal
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Naryan Adhikari
Co-founder, Accountability Lab

My American journalist friend John Craig recommended me to read How to Change the World by David Bornstein. The book talks about social entrepreneurship and the power of new ideas. According to the writer, social entrepreneurs are heroes and a transformative force in society.

I was always passionate about bringing social change. However, I never got the opportunity as I struggled to live a normal life; I had to feed myself and take care of my old mother and younger siblings. After reading the book, I was inspired to become more than a simple job holder.

Another reason I like this book is that the author has compiled stories of change from all over the globe. He says “Most of the solutions of today’s global problems are not always coming from America, Canada or Europe”. This statement compelled me to think differently; it made me feel that Nepal can also make a difference. Thus, I quit my job and started a new social movement: Accountability Incubator, with my friend Blair Glencorse to support young civic leaders become accountability and integrity idols.

Furthermore, I used to think, if I had bold ideas, I can make a difference. The book proved me wrong. As much as ideas are important, it is equally vital to build an organisation, create a strong team and expand community to spread your impact.