Almost everyone shies away from advocacy as a way to make a difference. We donate to climate change organizations, but we don’t meet with a member of Congress or write a letter to the editor. We donate to groups working to end gun violence, anti-hunger organizations, groups dedicated to racial justice, and many others, but we don’t become advocates on those issues beyond signing an online petition or going to an occasional rally.
Why? Because most of us see advocacy as too hard or too frustrating, too complicated, or too partisan, too dirty or too time-consuming, too ineffective or too costly.
But what if that’s all wrong? What if deep engagement dissolves discouragement and can actually bring joy? What if you can become an advocate for a cause you care about and feel fulfilled, not frustrated? And what if engaging as an advocate is essential to protecting our democracy?
President Jimmy Carter called the first edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy “A road map for global involvement in planning a better future.” In this completely revised and updated 2024 edition, Sam Daley-Harris uses his decades of experience leading and coaching citizens’ advocacy groups to expand that road map and create an indispensable guide to engaged citizenship, an inspiring master class in transformational advocacy.
Reclaiming Our Democracy provides a powerful way to make a difference and heal our democracy in the process. It’s not the only solution needed, but is one essential, missing piece: citizens awakening to their power.
RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY by Sam Daley-Harris
Hardcover | 6 x 9 inches | 320 pages
This book is now available for pre-order. It will be shipped on September 17, 2023.
Sam Daley-Harris founded the anti-poverty organization RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund in 1980, cofounded the Microcredit Summit Campaign in 1995 with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and FINCA Founder John Hatch, and founded Civic Courage in 2012. He began coaching Citizens’ Climate Lobby months before its launch in 2007 and continued that coaching over the next seven years. Ashoka founder Bill Drayton has called Sam “one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades.” Sam Harris married Shannon Daley in 1995, and they both hyphenated their last names. Sam and Shannon live in Princeton, New Jersey. Their son Micah specializes in analytics and player development with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and their daughter Sophie is completing a masters of social work degree at Bryn Mawr College.