Leila Janah has written a vitally important book here - it is an excellent integration and synthesis of what actually works to improve people's lives: make them relevant by training them for entry-level work in needed areas, like data input, data cleaning, chatbots and customer support, and other work that does not require people to migrate. With electricity and some bandwidth, this type of work can be done anywhere. The model is vital for countries that want to stem the tide of emigration (brain drain) and countries that want to stem the tide of immigration - this book is perfectly timely.
Check out the Samasource webpage - you'll see immediately that they're not selling charity, they're selling services - Give Work in action. And see Leila's reasoning for their use of the word Sama, detailed on page 102, "...I found the word sama, a Sanskrit word that means "equal" or "fair." Anyone who practices yoga knows that it is also the root word for many of the poses. In Arabic it means "sky:" In Hindi it's the root word for "same." I loved it. The word crystallized exactly what I wanted this company to do - give all humans an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives. We were sourcing in a way that furthered the value of sama, and so we became Samasource."
Read this book, it's is important from many perspectives. And go to a book signing, Leila is inspiring.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (15 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735211892
- ISBN-13: 978-0735211896
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.3 x 23.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)