Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World

Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World Review

A surprising take on how you can help tackle the really big problems in society–from one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs.

People are looking for a better way. Towering barriers are holding millions of people back, and the institutions that should help everyone rise are not doing the job. Crumbling communities. One-size fits all education. Businesses that rig the economy. Public policy that stifles opportunity and emboldens the extremes. As a result, this country is quickly heading toward a two-tiered society.

Today’s challenges call for nothing short of a paradigm shift – away from a top-down approach that sees people as problems to be managed, toward bottom-up solutions that empower everyone to realize their potential and foster a more inclusive society.

Such a shift starts by asking: What would it mean to truly believe in people?

Businessman and philanthropist Charles Koch has devoted his life to answering that question. Learn what he’s discovered during his 60-year career to help you apply the principles of empowerment in your life, in your business, and in society.

By learning from the social movements and applying the principles that have enabled social progress throughout history, Koch has achieved more than he dreamed possible – building one of the world’s most successful companies and founding Stand Together, one of America’s most innovative philanthropic communities. Stand Together CEO Brian Hooks and Koch show how the only way to solve the really big problems – from poverty and addiction to harmful business practices and destructive public policy – is for each and every one of us to find and take action in our unique role as part of the solution.

Full of compelling examples of what works – including several first-person accounts from individuals whose lives have been transformed – Koch and Hooks’ refreshing approach promotes partnership instead of partisanship and speaks to people from different perspectives and all walks of life. They show that no injustice is too tough to overcome if you share a deep belief in people, are willing to unite with anyone to do right, and work to empower others from the bottom up.

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  • Bruce Crown

    Galley Review Garbage book. Garbage ideas by a garbage human being. This is neocon propaganda masquerading as sage wisdom. ...

  • Ben Pratt

    I was surprised by some of the early reviews and discussion threads on this book. The argument seemed to be “Charles Koch is evil, therefore anything he has to say is evil, therefore this book is ga...

  • Shelli

    I just read a blurb about Koch’s interview with The Wall Street Journal, talking about this book and his spiffy new non-partisan “epiphany” since his many, many years of funneling millions into ...

  • James E

    I can’t think of a more relevant book for our time. As a country we are divided, there is overwhelming distrust in the systems in place, and as a society, it seems we are crumbling. Yet this book of...

  • Drtaxsacto

    It is a shame that many people who should read this book won't. Progressives are Pavlovian in their response to Charles Koch. But like most human beings he is not unidimensional. The book as two parts...

  • Rachel

    I have not read this book. I will not read this book. I find it offensive that it exists, quite frankly. There is nothing new about billionaires that have intentionally meddled and messed up the world...

  • Christopher Mitchell

    You have to appreciate a book by a wealthy elite that starts this way:Look across society, and you’ll see that millions are being impeded, directed, dominated, or worse. You’ll see the widespread ...

  • Matthew Keck

    Not a particularly partisan book (as the 1 star reviews that didn't read this imply). It's really just a call for unity and trying to have a positive impact on the world. Vaguely political at times, b...

  • Brian Bateman

    Mr. Koch‘s third book focuses less on his approach to business and more on taking a principled approach to fixing the things that are ailing in society. The concepts are sound, and I agree that we w...

  • Matthew

    "Believe In People" is a serviceable memoir and manifesto on self-actualization with incredibly bad timing. Released at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the world begins to deal with the inc...