About the Author

AT AGE TWENTY-FIVE, John Schuster’s early trek into the world—first as a teacher in the inner city of Chicago and then as a youth advocate keeping troubled kids out of court in Cincinnati—came to an end. He then entered the developmental door that opened at the Environmental Protection Agency. He worked there for seven years, beginning his education in the world of large organizations and eventually serving as a director of human resources. He couldn’t figure out how to use his master’s degree in English yet, and he felt called to “see how society makes these big decisions to allocate resources to some human endeavors and not others” (one of his early journal entries).

At age thirty-two, having moved to Kansas City, he was single ...

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