Two days later, I was onstage in New York doing The Boy from Oz, and we had an auction at the end of the show for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. We were auctioning a photo with me or something else ridiculous. The woman who won it came up, and I was chatting with her while they were getting the Polaroid ready. I said, "What do you do?" and she said, "I work in the nonprofit sector," and I said, "Oh, really?" and she said, "Yes, I work for a man who's from Bangladesh." I said, "What? I've just finished reading this book about this man from Bangladesh; he's called Muhammad Yunus." And she said, "I'm his personal secretary."
You've got to be kidding me! I asked her to meet afterward and talk about his work. On his next trip to the States, I sat down with Muhammad Yunus in Los Angeles. He's now advising us on how a certain portion of our production company can be set up to operate like his bank. He's a bit like the Dalai Lama—he's fighting at the front line of poverty, and you couldn't find a happier guy. But he challenges you: What can you do? Not just send aid, but how can you change people's lives from the inside?
Well, that one book completely revolutionized my way of thinking and what my company can do.
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