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WSU Reads 2016: Start Something That Matters

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie is the chosen book for the 2016 WSU Reads. This guide provides more information on the WSU Reads program, the book, and related topics, materials, and initiatives.

Start Something That Matters

TOMS Shoe Founder on Small Business and Charity
TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoski wanted to help underprivileged children have access to shoes. Instead of starting a not-for-profit, Mycoski started a for-profit corporation that donated one pair of shoes for every one purchased. This ABC News report discusses the program with Mycoski, as well as his book, Start Something that Matters. Broadcast date: September 9, 2011. 

Toms shoe founder on small business and charity [Video file]. (2011). In Films On Demand. Retrieved April 5, 2016, from

Find Start Something That Matters in the library's catalog!

We also have the book available electronically. Simply click the title link below to find the book in the library catalog. 

Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie is the author of Start Something That Matters and the founder of the TOMS shoe company. Follow Blake's One for One initiative with TOMS Tribe or follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


TOMS Shoes Story
A stint on "Amazing Race" gave Blake Mycoskie a desire to return to many of the countries they had visited. In Argentina, he sees how many
village children have no shoes. He gets an idea about how to supply the children with shoes.

The entrepreneurs, part 2: Toms shoes and Frontera foods [Video file]. (2008). In Films On Demand. Retrieved April 5, 2016, from


Blake Announces SSTM Foundation
Blake Mycoskie established the Start Something That Matters Foundation in 2013 to help social entrepreneurs and students make their ideas a reality. To learn more about the foundation, visit TOMS Tribe, Dell Social Innovation Challenge, Echoing Green, or Good

Find Reviews of Start Something That Matters Below

Wall Street Journal Review

Los Angeles Times Review

Reviews on Goodreads


Book Reviews Can Also be Found in the Library's Databases

Search the following databases provided by the library to find reviews for both fiction and nonfiction books. You can find additional reviews for Start Something That Matters within these databases as well. 

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