Paul Shoemaker will be joining us at Island Books on Thursday, Sept 17th at 7pm. Paul is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International—a global network of thousands of social innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders that fund and support social change agents in nearly 40 cities and 8 countries. You can watch his TEDx talk here.
Paul’s new book, Can't Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive That Changes Our World, hits our shelves this week. We’re excited about his upcoming visit and recently had the chance to ask him a few questions. Read on, and if you’re as intrigued as we are, come and meet him in the store next month.
Island Books: Your book description explains that “Can’t Not Do” is a catchphrase for the urge that captures the heart of effective social change agents—explaining, in their own words, their passion and drive: “I can’t not do this.” What motivated you to write Can’t Not Do?
Paul: There are two ways to answer this question. There was an immediacy, an emotional, micro reason which opens the book. I lost a very good friend, an SVP Partner, in a tragic plane crash on Aug 9, 2013. I was headed towards writing a book already but that was a jolt, for the worst possible reason, to motivate me to get going and share what’s in the book....continued