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What are Upstanders?

Let's start with this: They are the opposite of bystanders.

They are problem solvers and protestors, students and parents, professionals and civic leaders.

Some fight injustice; others fearlessly challenge the status quo. They are ordinary people who are making extraordinary differences in their communities and beyond. From Salt Lake City to Memphis to Baltimore, Upstanders remind us that participation in civic life has no bounds - and that we can all be the change we wish to see in the world. Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks, and former Washington Post senior editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran searched throughout America and chose these 10 upstanding citizens to profile for their passion, humanity, and willingness to act. Here you'll meet:

  • A former NFL player who offers personal training to wounded veterans
  • A young activist who stopped the world's largest trash incinerator from being built in her neighborhood
  • A pastor who opened his church's doors to the Muslim congregation across the street
  • A former inmate who's helping other ex-convicts stay out of prison
  • A retired sheriff who's transforming the way police are trained
  • A small town that came together to provide every student with free college tuition
  • A college student who created an app to reduce food waste and end hunger
  • A loving father who started a business to empower his son and other people with autism
  • A New Jersey man who's helping at-risk youth turn their lives around
  • A former auto industry executive who's taking on homelessness in his state

Everyone has the power to make a difference.

These Americans did.

Rousing and uplifting, Upstanders identifies great men and women across our country and celebrates the strength of our core values and the boundless possibilities of the human spirit.

©2017 Starbucks Coffee Company (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Amazing!

Great stories brilliantly told, every word brings inspiring tales that touch the deepest part of your soul. Could listen to each one over and over...I would recommend this to everyone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Falls short

While the stories are certainly inspiring, the medium falls short of the content. This would be much better as a documentary-style presentation. For me, hearing quotes read by the narrator instead of the actual voices of the people involved just adds one too many layers between myself and the emotional impact of the story. The narration was fine, to be sure--it just doesn't grab one the way it could if presented differently. Of course, since it is free for members you might give it a try for yourself anyway.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Interesting

Kinda nice upbeat stories to make you feel good and hopeful of our fellow mankind.

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Outstanders!!!!

Short stories for different examples of outstanders! Each story is a reminder to us to keep on doing the right thing regardless of what the society thinks.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Important writing, we needed this

Yeah yeah, some people call this just to feel good book. Well it is. It’s about real people making real differences. Why should that make us all feel good.?
Why should we all try to do something to make a difference? This book is awesome examples for us to find our own path of goodness

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Positive Realistic Stories

Thank you for producing a compilation that shares the good going on around us today!

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Great stories!!!

Great book with amazing stories! Everyone should listen to it. It is very inspiring and motivational.

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MUST READ

These are the kind of stories that encourage creativity, love, fellowship, collaboration and doing what we might think is impossible. We all can learn from the Memphis Pastor who welcomed the Muslim community that moved across the street from his parish.

I highly recommend Upstanders and believe that listening to Seasons 1 & 2 will encourage and/or rekindle our faith in our fellowman.

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Real life

The narrator did such an outstanding performance. I loved every bit of it. Such an inspiration!

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Wonderfully uplifting

A wonderful perspective on the good occurring every day in America, and the way each one of us is capable of affecting positive change.

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