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Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now

Jordan Kassalow, Jennifer Krause

ISBN 9780806539027
Publish Date 4/30/2019
Format Hardcover
Categories Self Help, Citadel
List Price: $26.00

Foreword by Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker

“A beautiful, timely book that will guide you as you find your way to make a difference in the world.” —Walter Isaacson

You don’t have to be a billionaire philanthropist, give up your day job, or wait for retirement to make a difference in the world. And you can start now.

We all want to make the world a better place, but with busy, demanding lives, most of us struggle with the where, when, and how. Dr. Jordan Kassalow, founder of VisionSpring, the groundbreaking venture that has restored eyesight and hope to millions of people across the globe, has the answers: here, now, and in your own way. Sharing his personal story of integrating real-world responsibilities with his desire to make a difference, Jordan offers you a practical way forward, custom-made for your unique talents and circumstances, to take you from thought to action.

By exploring key questions about your strengths and interests, personal resources, core beliefs, and most cherished values, Jordan will give you the motivation and the tools to start repairing the world in a way that is meaningful, fulfilling, and true to you. He will show you how working to create change in the lives of others can have a positive impact on your own outlook, well-being, and quality of life.

In a world awash in need, it’s easy to give in to anger, frustration, and powerlessness, to let cynicism consume your natural optimism and hunger to build a better world. The soulful and pragmatic approach in this remarkable book will help you see with your heart and use your head to invest in your highest goals—while still earning a paycheck, being there for those you love, and enjoying life. To dare to matter, today.

Extraordinary Praise for Dare to Matter

Dare to Matter is a stirring, hopeful reflection on life, faith, legacy, meaning, and love that will guide and encourage you to try just a little bit harder to let your reach exceed your grasp as you find your way to make a difference at home and in the world.” —Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author

“An essential reminder that the greatest challenges of any age are no match for the good will, love, passion, and potential that abides in all human beings. I hope this superb book, rich with meaning and relevance, will inspire its readers to follow in Jordan’s footsteps in making a difference for all.” —Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State

“In an era when young people are compelled to find purpose, yet they too often find themselves stressed and anxious, Jordan offers a sustainable and impactful path, grounded in the clarity of his own experience with VisionSpring.” —Sylvia Burwell, President of American University and former Secretary of Health and Human Services

“As feelings of cynicism, apathy, and hopelessness threaten to divide people and asphyxiate progress, Dare to Matter is a breath of fresh, hopeful air. This book will undoubtedly restore your faith in what is possible, and inspire you to devote your courage, empathy, and personal power to making positive, meaningful change.” —Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Dare to Matter should be required reading for anyone who dreams of making a difference. The book shines with hard-earned wisdom and deep purpose embedded in spiritual ground and girded with practical advice. You will be inspired, enlivened and possibly, forever changed in all good ways.” —Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen and author of The Blue Sweater

“I think it's incredibly important to step back at times and ask yourself: Are you doing the things that make you most fulfilled in life? And, are you having positive impact on the people and the world around you? Jordan Kassalow has helped me answer these questions in my life and career with the lessons artfully distilled in this important book.” —Jeff Raider, Co-founder & Co-CEO Harry’s, Inc.

About Jordan Kassalow:

Jordan Kassalow is an optometrist and social entrepreneur. He is a partner at a thriving practice in New York City and is also the Founder of VisionSpring, an award-winning social business that works to restore eyesight to the more than 2.5 billion people who live in the developing world in extreme poverty and need nothing more than a simple pair of eyeglasses to see. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank. Since 2001, it has distributed over 5 million pairs of eyeglasses. Jordan is also the co-Founder of the EYElliance, a coalition of multi-sector experts including public, private, academic, and NGO partners. EYElliance functions as a leader, convener, and coordinator to channel collective efforts to address the global unmet need for eyeglasses. Jordan was also the Founder of the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations where he is a life member and is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently named to Forbes Impact 30. For more information on VisionSpring, please visit

About Jennifer Krause:

Jennifer Krause is a rabbi and the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time. Her writing and commentary have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast,, and O Magazine. Dubbed “one of NYC's Hippest Rabbis” and “the Jewish Katie Couric” by WNET's MetroFocus, Jennifer served as the High Holidays rabbi at Manhattan's 92Y, the first woman to hold that post in 92Y's 145 year history. Jennifer is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, a network of religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers of all backgrounds and affiliations who come together for nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on global issues.

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