What a Year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member Taught Me about Community Development
by Edward Patrick Akinyemi
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About the Book
You’re ready and willing to learn because you know that merely talking about how awful things are isn’t a very effective way to solve them. But you don’t want to get caught up in the toxic and hyper-polarized bickering between both sides of the political spectrum.
In Community Heroes, you’ll learn why it’s important to:
• Use the First Principles framework to prevent discussions about social change from becoming emotionally and politically charged;
• Understand why working on Wall Street might be a more effective way of achieving social impact than working for a nonprofit;
• Suspend your dreams of changing the world and instead strive to be a hero in your own community;
• And much more!
Whether you’re a regular citizen looking to do good in your community or an AmeriCorps VISTA member about to start your year of service, Community Heroes will help you make your community a better place.
A son of Nigerian immigrants, Edward was born and raised in the Netherlands and lived there for 19 years. He has also lived in Spain and Denmark and currently resides in the United States. Due to his perpetual existential (identity) crisis, he has gone by many names: E.P., Ed, Eddy, Eduardo, Edu, and variations of his Nigerian middle names including Chukwueku, Chukwu, Chuks. He even recalls being given, for some inexplicable reason, the nickname of E-dog. Some of these names were voluntarily chosen, others imposed by higher powers, and yet others given by misguided individuals who thought that he was looking for a rapper name. Edward is a former AmeriCorps VISTA member. His experience of being a VISTA taught him valuable lessons about community development and inspired him to write his first book Community Heroes: What a Year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member Taught Me About Community Development.