In 1999 John Wood had reached the height of his career at Microsoft when he abruptly quit to start the charity Room to Read. Wood did well for himself at Microsoft, but he did not exactly have the resources that Andrew Carnegie was able leverage a century ago.
However, in today's lesson, Wood describes how he was able to build a scalable model that pairs "mini-Carnegies" with the efforts of local communities. Parents in remote villages don't just accept handouts. They realize that education is a ticket out of poverty for their children, so they have real motivation to build sweat equity, and definitely have skin in the game.
The result has been that Room to Read is able to grow like a Starbucks or a McDonald's, as it builds schools and libraries to tackle the problem of global literacy.