• A training guide

  • A volunteers journal

  • Tool to up your growth game

50% of all proceeds of the sale of this book are donated to the the non-profit PLACE TO GROW

About The Book

It is often said by great men and women; “success is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics”. If so, then here is your cheat sheet to enable you to become an adept, concise, and creative entrepreneur in social impact. 

Are you an aspiring social impact entrepreneur? With ideas of making the world a better place but no idea what you are most passionate about and no idea how you could make a living off of it? I was asked a question on how to do both in 2015 and the ensuing discussions led me on a journey of research and discovery. 

Place To Grow: 8 Principles that will make you an effective leader in social impact will give you the starting out mindset. It comes after a decade working with local governments, SME’s, non-profits, multinational corporations, and individuals. As well as over two decades in education and human behavior studies/work. No matter what your idea is – it could be a solution to the plastic crisis, more sustainable fashion systems, poverty eradication, or connected to any one of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals – You will need to lead others and you will need the mindset that will enable your success. The development of this mindset is the goal and purpose of this book. 

Angela Ortiz

Angela Ortiz is an accomplished public speaker, social impact entrepreneur, CSR professional and author.

Her passion for social impact can be traced back to her pre-professional days as a teenager travelling in developing countries around Asia. There she saw firsthand the many long-term negative effects of ignorance and social division on the lower socio-economic communities. In the aftermath of Japan’s 3.11 triple tsunami, earthquake and nuclear meltdown she volunteered and launched a community rebuilding nonprofit.  She is a dynamic and authentic social impact leader who inspires action in her audience.

Outside of the office(s) Angela is a self-proclaimed nerd and coffee-holic who enjoys self-education and fitness. She can be found at a spartan race, on monkey bars, at the corner baristas or speaking on sustainability and social impact anywhere across Tokyo where she currently lives with her daughter.

5つ星のうち5.0 A guide to how to really make a difference Many of us like the idea of being able to make a positive impact in the world, but how do you actually go about doing that? This practical and engaging guide by Angela Ortiz combines thoughtful insights and practical tips illustrated by real stories from her own experience in volunteering and subsequently building an NPO in the aftermath of the Great Eastern Earthquake & Tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. Whether you are new to volunteering or have many years' experience under your belt, this book will make you stop and think, and offers many learnings to us all.
Tove Kinooka
5つ星のうち5.0 Being effective in a different culture from your own. I love this book! It’s got great practical advice that you can use in real situations. I like how with each principle she uses a story of her own to bring it to life. Angela is a foreigner living in Japan, who responds to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. The stories start at ground zero. In the beginning she’s focusing on getting basic supplies to the victims of the massive disaster, but along the way she learns what local communities and individuals need not just for the day but to help them rebuild their lives for the future. I found it especially interesting because of the cultural differences and how she adjusted her approach in order to be more effective, without compromising her goal of helping people. The principals are great not only for social impact work and volunteering, but also for the workplace, if you want to be a good, effective leader and team player. And in your personal life, if you just want to be a better human being with a positive impact in the world. I would definitely recommend it for people who want to make a difference in a real world with everyday challenges.