John Wood didn’t set out to change the world — he set out to take a vacation. But a trip to Nepal turned into a book drive, which turned into Room to Read, one of the fastest growing and most acclaimed charities of the past decade. Starting as a “total boot-strap,” this remarkable non-profit has now sponso- red long-term scholarships for over 37,000 girls, built and improved over 2,400 schools, established over 18,600 libraries with 16 million books, and trained over 50,000 teachers.
A former senior Microsoft executive, John has always said that the key to Room to Read’s success came from treating it like a business. He has spoken on hundreds of stages to hundreds of thousands of people around the world about what the non-profit world can learn from the corporate world.
But now, as a reflection on the lessons learned from Room to Read reaching its 10 millionth young student, John has written a new presentation, this time illuminating what businesses can learn from the social sector.