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Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Paul Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer's vision in a single, accessible volume.
A must-listen for graduates, students, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, To Repair the World:

Challenges listeners to counter failures of imagination that keep billions of people without access to health care, safe drinking water, decent schools, and other basic human rights
Champions the power of partnership against global poverty, climate change, and other pressing problems today
Overturns common assumptions about health disparities around the globe by considering the large-scale social forces that determine who gets sick and who has access to health care
Discusses how hope, solidarity, faith, and hardbitten analysis have animated Farmer's service to the poor in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Russia, and elsewhere
Leaves the listener with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination, the next generations can make the world a safer and more humane place.

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To Repair the World is an important read for young people looking to engage with the world.” (Chelsea Clinton)
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By david on 10-05-13

Exceptional documentary

I teach an undergraduate course, BA223, Principles of Leadership, and introduced this book, Paul Farmer and the Partner's in Health team / task force to my students. This type of civic engagement, grass roots, community based leadership is humanity driven and surpasses all egocentric government systems and politically strangulated agencies, in their activism and critical thinking. Humanity would implode if NGOs like Partner's in Health did not exist.

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By Susie on 05-14-13

Resist the Impoverishment of Aspiration

"To Repair the World" is a collection of calls-to-action Paul Farmer has delivered to medical schools around the country.

Farmer's speeches were designed to inspire the next generation of doctors and health care activists— but they will put a fire under anyone's pants.

In his words, "Resist the impoverishment of aspiration."

The man has remarkable rhetorical gifts, but the power of Farmer's speech comes from the compassion and empathy he’s gained from his experience working in communities without adequate health care.

In the introduction, President Bill Clinton writes of learning about Paul Farmer in a New Yorker profile and calling his daughter Chelsea to ask if she knew of him.

Duh, Dad.

Chelsea told her father that Farmer is "our generation's Albert Schweizer." Good comparison. Schweizer's "reverence for life" translates into Farmer's assertion that health care should be seen as a human right— that all deserve care.

Farmer has an evidence-based conviction: poverty and disease are solvable problems. Faced with a mountain of incalcitrance, you don't grab a pick ax and start chipping away— you invent a new way to bring it all down.

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