Sam Daley-Harris

Sam Daley-Harris is a political author, leading international social activist, and recent TED presenter.* A pioneer and global leader in the field of microcredit, he has been a close collaborator of Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, and is lauded by Ashoka CEO Bill Drayton as "one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades. "

Daley-Harris is the founder of RESULTS, an international citizens' lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and poverty. It now has 140 groups throughout the United States and six other countries.  While Director of RESULTS he founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign, which brought together delegates from 137 countries to launch a micro-lending campaign that has since reached over 100 million of the world's poorest families since 1997

Daley-Harris' book: Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government, was praised by former President Jimmy Carter as 'a road map for global involvement in planning a better future' and has recently been issued in a special 20th anniversary edition. 

In addition to his continuing work in microfinance, Daley-Harris has guided the emergence of the influential Citizens Climate Lobby, of which leading climate scientist Jim Hansen has written:  if you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of Citizens Climate Lobby."

In 2012 he launched the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, which helps other organizations more deeply engage their supporters in increasing political and media awareness of their causes. 

Click for information on a special pre-event book circle and social hour with Sam Daley-Harris to discuss his book, Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government.

Did you miss this event? Click HERE to watch a recording of Sam Daly-Harris' speech.


" other organization has been as critical a partner in seeing to it that
microcredit is used
as a tool to eradicate poverty and empower women than
and RESULTS Educational Fund's Microcredit Summit Campaign."  

Mohammad Yunus, Nobel Peace-Prize Laureate 

 [Sam Daley-Harris is] "the person more than anyone else
who has brought microcredit into focus across the world
and precipitated action.  One of his mechanisms has been a series of global
microcredit summits.  I think these are the first such UN-like events
not run by the UN, or by any government for that matter."

Bill Drayton, founder of the Ashoka Institute



Reactions to the 20th Anniversary Edition of

Reclaiming our Democracy

'Make no mistake, this book is not about advocacy by mouse click, phone messages left at Congressional switchboards, handwritten letters drafted during coffee hour and then forgotten, or lighting up Facebook and Twitter. It is about uncovering and then lighting up the unquenchable desire in each of us to make a difference in the world. It is about providing a powerful structure of support so that our courage is what drives us, not our fear. That is why this 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracyis so critically important. The courage this book shows us how to unleash is our only hope to save creation for our grandchildren and for theirs.
          -- Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
              From the foreword to the 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy

....This 20th anniversary Edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy reminds us that we really all can do something to save the world.
          --Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children

....This book is about more than reclaiming our democracy: it is about reclaiming the soul of citizenship.
          --Bill Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength

Sam Daley-Harris has changed the world in hugely important ways -- several times.... This book shares, in Sam's characteristically clear and straight-forward way, how you also can exercise this great power for the good.
          --Bill Drayton, CEO, Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker

Sam Daley Harris is one of the most effective and insightful leaders of our time. The 20th anniversary and re-release of his seminal book, "Reclaiming Our Democracy", is to be celebrated....
          --Bill and Lynne Twist, Cofounders, The Pachamama Alliance.

The story behind RESULTS is truly remarkable - and has as much power today in the climate fight and the remarkable work of the Citizens Climate Lobby as it did 25 years ago when RESULTS started empowering citizens to make a big difference on seemingly intractable problems like hunger and child mortality. ...
          --Jeff Nesbitt, CEO, Climate Nexus


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* TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has broadened and along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference and TEDGlobal --  TED now includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives -- in 18 minutes or less. [From the TED website, see more at]