Join the Club is the story of an extraordinarily powerful kind of social change. It has led teens in America to rebel against cigarettes and teens in Africa to protect themselves from AIDS. It has brought worshippers into a closer relationship with God. It has led millions of people to quit drinking and drugs. It has organized a passive and fearful citizenry subjugated by a dictator into the nonviolent army that overthrew him. Through stories drawn from the affluent suburbs of Chicago to the impoverished shanties of rural India, this is a book that will not only revolutionize the way you look at the world, but give you the power to change it.
Feb 23 2011
Since Join the Club was published, readers have written in about more successful strategies to solve problems that depend on positive peer pressure. They are all over the map: from Biggest Loser-style team weight loss competitions to a program of Brazil’s Catholic Church that has saved countless children’s lives. We’re checking them out and here’s some of the best ones so far, along with where to go for more information. Keep those suggestions coming! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on Join the Club’s Facebook page.
Apr 07 2012
By Tina Rosenberg
Cholera is on the rise around the world. Last year, according to Unicef, West and Central Africa had “one of the worst ever” cholera outbreaks. An outbreak in Haiti sickened 1 in 20 Haitians and killed more than 7,000 people. The World Health Organization estimates that there are between three million and five million cases of cholera each year, and between 100,000 and 120,000 deaths. New and more virulent strains are emerging in Asia and Africa, and the W.H.O. says that global warming creates even more hospitable conditions for the disease.