Bringing A Filipina Author to the Mainstream

Bringing A Filipina Author to the Mainstream

Maiden R. Manzanal-Frank, a global impact advisor based in Central Alberta is launching her book, PROVOCATEURS NOT PHILANTHROPISTS: TURNING GOOD INTENTIONS INTO GLOBAL IMPACT published by Changemakers Book. The book is about everyday leaders, which she calls ‘provocateurs’ in their search for meaningful legacies through their international service. These are farmers, nurses, engineers, lawyers, teachers who are doing extraordinary work in developing countries using their talents, skills, and connections, mostly on a volunteer basis. While governments, multilateral institutions, and aid agencies look for the next ‘shiny’ trend, these provocateurs are providing the vehicle for lasting, meaningful change with their work with their grassroots partners in the developing countries. Manzanal-Frank offers her distilled insights and Global South perspectives with her lived experiences travelling in more than 30 countries and working with the poorest communities in 15 Asian countries. She provides a refreshing blueprint, the Global Impact Leadership Framework as to how the new provocateurs, agents of transformational change can enlarge their outcomes and increase their contribution in making the world a better place. Volunteer organizations, diaspora groups, members of international service organizations and clubs, sustainable-centric organizations, and local communities with global mandates or mindset can benefit from the book’s practical ideas.

According to Manzanal-Frank, the biggest motivation for writing the book as a global impact advisor for Canadian organizations and internationally is the fact that alot of well-intentioned people donating their monies, volunteering their time, and helping out disadvantaged groups overseas make mistakes that they can avoid, prevent, and completely mitigate. This new breed of altruists are very techy, hands-on, and well-motivated. Yet, there are many efforts that can be redirected with far greater results if only the experts will listen to the doers and partner with unlikely allies in the field. She said that, “we need to listen more, engage more, admit our mistakes more, and be more responsive to local contexts as provocateurs, not as philanthropists with the need to fix.”

The book will be released by 30 September and will be available in print and e-copy formats in major retailers such as Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Nobles and Hive. Amazon pre-order information will be available at the end of the month. Visit her website at and connect with her at her Linkedin profile: maidenmanzanalfrank if you and your organization would like to learn more.

“We all want to make an impact on the world – to leave it better than we found it – but this can feel overwhelming and confusing. Maiden Manzanal-Frank has written the ultimate guide to understanding impact, backed with research and first-hand experience, and practical steps to start giving back today. No matter where you are in your life or career, this book will change your life!”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.


“The world is full of people who mean well and have good intentions to solve global issues, but many wonder how? Here is a book that focuses on ‘Impact’ vs tick in the box good works, now you can have a measurable impact in all you want to do.”

Dr. Ravi A. Fernando
Chairman/CEO, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt. Ltd and Executive in Residence INSEAD Business School


“We need system change,” is often heard when talking about solutions for the many crises the world is going through. For that we need leaders who urge for radical change, out of the box, and start building a new system on all levels. You could call them “provocateurs”, the ones that provoke change towards a sustainable, fair and humane society. We have many of those provocateurs already, but we need more! This easy reading book will wake up the audience and let them recognize how to become an impact leader towards the urgently needed system change.”

Leida Rijnhout, Chief Executive, World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)

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