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the author

A professional musician turned filmmaker and social entrepreneur, Justin Dillon is Founder and CEO of Made in a Free World, an award-winning platform that brings together consumers, organizations and businesses to disrupt the $150B business of human trafficking. Justin’s leadership as a “practitioner of change” has awakened a global movement of more than 30 million, improved laws and freed thousands of slaves. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the White House, the Vatican, Fortune 500 companies, and more on issues of innovation and social justice. He is the Director of influential films—with voices like Cornel West, Questlove, Amber Valetta and Nicholas Kristof—including Call+Response and Common Dreams for CNN. Justin has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Fast Company, Vogue, CNN, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Rolling Stone, and more. His work has received many high-profile accolades including a Cannes Lion Award and a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.

 

the Book

What if our need for purpose could only be met by the needs of the world? We want the world and our own lives to improve, but lack a way to achieve both. So we opt out of participating in life’s big narratives and settle for being swiping-spectators of strangers on social media. What if our desire to live a full life could also solve some of the world’s biggest problems? Justin Dillon argues it can, and A Selfish Plan to Change the World shows how.

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In this paradigm-shifting new book, Dillon—the founder of Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World—reveals the secret to a life of deep and lasting significance: the discovery that our need for meaning is inextricably linked to the needs of the world. A Selfish Plan to Change the World delivers a revolutionary method for meeting both needs.

Drawing upon his own unlikely transformation from touring musician to founder of a global movement and telling the stories of other surprising world-changers, Dillon shows how to create a life of deep purpose by stepping into the problems of the world. Taking readers on a journey from sweatshops in India to punk rock concerts in Ireland, Dillon exposes the limitations of the “giving back” approach involving donations and volunteerism to reveal the unexpected power of “giving in” to pursue self-interest in a way that alters the very dynamics of the world’s most challenging problems.

A Selfish Plan to Change the World is your “self-help-others” guide to a life that matters, demonstrating how you can repurpose your existing talents, backstory, and networks to improve the lives of others. Changing the world no longer belongs only to martyrs and professional do-gooders. You can live an extraordinary life. You can change the world. All you ever needed was a plan.