Book Review–A Selfish Plan to Change the World by Justin Dillon


Changing the world is not as altruistic you might think.  Most movers and shakers have multiple motives for what they do.  Author Justin Dillon takes us through his personal journey from musician to founder and CEO of the Made in a Free World organization which focuses on disrupting human trafficking trade worldwide.  Citing example after example, he explores the reasons why each one of us should make an effort to change the world, what keeps the world from changing and how we can actually change the world.

The key point for me was what the author called “finding your riot.”  Although that seems a bit aggressive, what he refers to is finding what you are passionate about and using that for social change. Combine that riot with the desire to “contribute to a larger narrative” and your unique abilities, and you have the recipe for world-changing work.

Much like the author, who began with his belief that changing the world was only attempted by selfless and sacrificial people, I often feel that perhaps changing the world was beyond my abilities even though I’ve made some effort at do-gooding over the years.  Once upon a time, I was a volunteer for the Americorp Changing Trends program and provided educational support for minority children in the Nebraska Public School system. Then there was the volunteer bit at the Community Center where I inadvertently uncovered some misappropriation of funds.  Don’t forget about that fiasco when I attempted to get water, sewer, and electricity for La Yacata.  And yes, I’d even go so far as to say blogging is yet another way I’ve been trying to change the world, one reader at a time.  I can’t say that I’ve been successful in changing the world even one iota despite my efforts, but I know people who are. (See Maggie, Nicole, Creative Hands of Mexico)

A Selfish Plan to Change the World provided some food for thought and is well worth your time.  Read more about this book here. Get your copy here.

four stars


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3 responses to “Book Review–A Selfish Plan to Change the World by Justin Dillon

  1. I believe that you are wrong. We change the world one person at a time. By being kind to the person who is standing in front of us, we have more impact than we imagine. It’s a ripple affect.

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    • I also believe that we can change the world one person at a time–doesn’t mean I’ve actually done it. After all, I’m in no position to see the entire ripple effect. My perceptions are naturally limited. 🙂


      • It reminds me of the starfish story. Every day someone walks along the beach and throws washed up starfish back into the ocean. Another person comes along and says that it isn’t possible to save them all. How can you expect to make a difference? The starfish thrower replies that it makes a difference to that one and throws it back into the ocean. This book goes beyond that. The author uses an example of saving someone drowning in a river versus going upstream and seeing why so many people are in the river in the first place. If the original problem can be solved (creating a bridge for people to cross rather than swimming to reach the other side) then there will be fewer people in need of rescuing. Of course, the author has taken on the enormous problem of child trafficking, something that the average person wouldn’t attempt. However, his organization lets the average person see how much child trafficking goes into their purchased products, making awareness all of our responsibility.


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