I was looking for an inspirational story to start your day today and came across Dave Eggers on Ted. Here’s your chance to experience someone going way beyond “just getting by” in life to building a network or Networld filled with possibility. If you get a chance, go listen to Dave as he shares his journey so far. Also, realize that for Dave Eggers, networking is dead. Instead, he has created a world filled with mutually beneficial relationships for transformational opportunities.
Dave Eggers’ first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Since then he’s written two more novels and launched an independent publishing house, which publishes books, a quarterly literary journal (McSweeney’s), a DVD-based review of short films (Wholpin), a monthly magazine (The Believer) and the Voice of Witness project.
Meanwhile, Eggers has established himself as a philanthropist and teacher-at-large. In 1998 he launched 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based writing and tutoring lab for young people, which has since opened six more chapters across the United States. He has extended his advocacy of students by supporting their educators, instituting a monthly grant for exceptional Bay Area teachers. His TED Prize wish is for more poeple to follow him into getting involved in your local school — and talk about it — through the website Once Upon a School.
“Many writers, having written a first best-seller, might see it as a nice way to start a career. He started a movement instead.”