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The Go-Giver List

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jamesFranke James, MFA 

It’s amazing what you can see when you start looking. I realized I know a lot of Go-Givers. And this is just MY list of Go-Givers. Who would you put on your Go-Giver list?

The Go-Givers listed below are included because of something they’ve given me, done for me, or taught me. My thanks to each one for being a Go-Giver and enriching my life. (What’s a Go-Giver? See my related post)


Erika Andersen               

Yoshi Arima 

Marty Avery

Claire Bernstein

Kim Blank

Rick Brandon

John Burton

John Challenger

LaDonna Coy

Guy Dauncey

Martin Edic

Dina Eisenberg

Mark Federman

Jennifer Glueck Bezoza

Karen Hanrahan

Paul Hawken             

 Arnie Herz 

Ari Herzog

Stephen Eaton Hume

Shel Israel

Timothy Johnson

Julie Johnston

Linda Kaplan Thaler

Greg Ketchum

Stephen Leahy

La Marguerite

Heather Nicholas

Grant Neufeld

Dan Pink

Michael Pollan

Dave Pollard

Rob Reed   

Dave Riddell            

Michelle Riggen-Rans

Dan Roam

David Ross

Marty Seldman

Peter Shankman

Victor Spear

Meryn Stol

Liz Seymour

Paul Smith

Carolyn Stephens

Liz Strauss

Wayne Turmel


See The Go-Giver by authors Bob Burg and John David Mann

Franke James, MFA is the Editor & Founder of Office-Politics.com. She is also the Inventor of The Office-Politics® Game, a dilemma-based social game that teaches you how to play, and laugh, at office politics. It’s used by HR departments, and corporate trainers worldwide. The Office-Politics Dilemmas have been inspired by the hundreds of letters submitted to Office-Politics.com. Franke is a creative innovator, artist and writer. She brings her creative problem solving and PR skills to work in answering letters, book reviews, articles and interviews. A longer bio on Franke can be found on her company site

  1. 9 Answers to “The Go-Giver List”

  2. Wow! Franke, the feeling goes both ways. 🙂

    By Liz Strauss on Aug 1, 2008

  3. You made my day, Franke!

    Here are some 20 questions worth pondering for you, and other Go-Givers, from Tom Friedman:


    By marguerite manteau-rao on Aug 1, 2008

  4. That’s a pretty cool meme…one of these days we’ll meet in the real world!

    By Martin Edic on Aug 1, 2008

  5. Hey thanks Franke, nice to be included in such good company! Reading the earlier post on what a Go Giver is, yes that sounds like me indeed. I, in whatever I do, am always seeking new knowledge, and ways to share it, make use of it, and amplify what I and others are up to. You definitely fall into that category with your visual stories making what is ineffable or perhaps not accessible, relevant and understandable to more people. So I made sure to pass on the word to others who might likewise be benefitted by it or pass it on. After all, it’s not only what we as individuals do, it’s what the collective impact is of what we do, individually and together.

    have a great weekend, all.

    By Paul Smith on Aug 1, 2008

  6. What a delightful honor Franke! Thank you! I’d put you on my list in a minute!

    By Mother Earth on Aug 1, 2008

  7. Go-Giving. Neat concept. Thanks!

    And you just introduced me to officepolitics.com, so you’re a go-giver, too!

    By Ari Herzog on Aug 1, 2008

  8. Right back at you, Franke! I look forward to clicking on all of the names I don’t recognize. Great company, indeed.

    Your work is inspiring. I give you the “most original use of the blog medium” award.

    All the best,
    Rob (Max Gladwell)

    By Rob Reed on Aug 1, 2008

  9. Many thanks, Franke! I’m humbled.

    By Dave Riddell on Aug 3, 2008

  10. Hi Franke,
    Thanks — on behalf of the Earth, the Children, and the Future — for including me and GreenHeart Education on your list!

    I’m pleased to see the “Go Giver” idea in print. Several years ago, I was lamenting that in high school, I’d taken a course in “Consumer Education” but not one in “Conserver Education.”

    Then more recently, I started to become alarmed at the increase in and push for “entrepreneurship education” for young people. That’s because, in French, “entrepreneur” literally means “between taker” (just as in “go getter”).

    So I coined the term “entredonneur” (“between giver”), and sent this idea to Ashoka Foundation (whose focus is on social entrepreneurship). For some strange reason, I never heard back from them!! 😉

    I wonder if Bob Burg and John David Mann would like to take this idea and run with it?

    Best to you, Franke,
    Julie Johnston
    GreenHeart Education

    By Julie Johnston on Aug 8, 2008

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