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A Tri-Generational Take on Saving the World

A Tri-Generational Take on Saving the World

For a hopeful book, it had a fiery beginning. Three generations—public health legend Carl Taylor, his son Daniel and grandson Jesse Oak—fought passionate battles through more than 20 drafts of the recently published Empowerment on an Unstable Planet (Oxford University Press, 2011). Their diverse backgrounds—Carl in community health, Daniel in education and Jesse in literary theory—sparked divergent views and many fierce discussions.

The book may represent a final testament to community-based solutions long advocated by Carl Taylor, the founder of the Department of International Health who died in 2010. The Taylors coalesced around a strategy for improving communities and health by relying on the people themselves and not costly development projects. “You can run projects, or you can mobilize people to take collective action,” says Daniel Taylor. “That’s the core idea of the book.”

In a Q&A, Daniel Taylor and Jesse Oak share their thoughts on writing the book.


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  • Frank NDUU

    Lubumbashi, RD of CONGO 05/30/2012 06:09:45 AM

    I want to thank the Author of this publication. I would like to get a print copy.

  • Asresu Misikir

    PA 06/13/2012 08:04:39 PM

    Dr. Taylor was one the most distinguished and pioneer who introduced Primary Health Care with multidimensional approaches to the whole world back in 1980. He was an icon of public health science in general and community-based health services in particular. He was a founder of public health school in several developing countries, for example the first public health school established or opened in Ethiopia, which currently named Gondar University. It was the first public health school that produced multidiscipline public health team--namely health officer, community nurse, sanitarians, and laboratory technicians. This team was guided to provide quality health services to the family and community from house to house and at the clinic close to the community. This was an unforgettable approach that Dr. Taylor left behind to the world. All public health communities are and will remember him forever.

  • Elizabeth Serlemitsos

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 06/25/2012 11:14:48 AM

    I had the great pleasure of working with Dr. Carl Taylor in Zambia many years back and I am pleased to share that many of the thoughts and concepts he shared during his two visits live on in the heart and minds of the Zambians that were affected by that work (though it is doubtful any know that he created the vision for that particular "just and lasting change") and in the community systems that were built as a result of that vision.

    I look forward to the opportunity to read this new book.

  • Hassan Bella

    I am a Sudanese national but currently professor of medicine in Saudi Arabia 08/01/2012 07:28:47 AM

    I had the honor and pleasure to be an associate faculty at the Department of International Health, JHSPH where I met with Prof Carl Taylor. When I visited the school , once or twice a year, I was keen to be in the company of Carl Taylor and Tim Baker; the latter nominated me as associate faculty in Hopkins. Of course I read about Prof Taylor and his great work in India and I always hoped to see and know him. When I became associated with him I came to know about his commitment to health of the people and the ideals which Daniel Taylor reiterated. I was once giving a lecture at JHSPH about the pioneer primary health care program about training village midwives in Sudan which was started in 1921. Prof Taylor was amongst the audience. He was moved when I was listing the innovations and genius of that program. He was the first one to comment at the end of the lecture. "I am thrilled!!" he said. Apparently it all touched on his concepts and perception about health of the people and that it is more about human care than technology. Carl Taylor will remain a great world figure in health for what he believed and did. He will remembered for his commitment, dedication and perseverance to 'empower'. I am most eager to read this book and to know and communicate with Daniel Taylor.

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3 Generations, 1 Book

3 Generations, 1 Book

Daniel and Jesse Oak Taylor (son and grandson of Carl Taylor) chat about the book they wrote with Carl.

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