Edward is a former AmeriCorps VISTA member and a current nonprofit professional. His experience of being a VISTA taught him valuable lessons about community development and the nonprofit sector.
He currently works together with his awesome colleagues at the North End Community Improvement Collaborative in Mansfield, Ohio to improve the quality of life and economic landscape of the North End community.
Edward also holds a BSc Economics and Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MSc Economics and Business Administration in Sports and Event Management from the University of Southern Denmark.
Edward has many years of experience writing, mostly on his personal website edwardp.me, though he also has been a writer for the Juventus SB Nation website for almost 5 years. Besides talking about community development, the easiest way to grab his attention is to ask him about the club closest to his heart, Juventus F.C.
Oh and don't call him by his middle name. He hates it when people do that.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm nowhere near smart or talented enough to make my own cover, so I hired a designer via the Designcrowd.com platform. This was probably the easiest and smartest decision to make regarding my entire self-publishing journey, because Lord knows that art is not my strong suit.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) The Bridges of Madison County (and the sequel "A Thousand Country Roads") It was the first book that ever made me cry. I read it completely by accident as I discovered it one day as I was cleaning my room. I think I was 14 years old or so. It really struck an emotional chord with me, but what surprises me is that it did so when I was so young.
2) His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass) I've always been enamored by different worlds, fantastical worlds, because I guess I always felt like real life just wasn't enough for me. Journeying across different worlds and dimensions just seems so... right to me. The trilogy "His Dark Materials" by Phillip Pullman did exactly this: taking the readers on a journey across all kinds of world all over the place. I loved it.
3) Artemis Fowl books I've only read the first two books, but I have thoroughly enjoyed them for similar reasons that I enjoyed His Dark Materials. The thing that stands out with Artemis Fowl, however, is the world-class level of humor and wit. It's simply the best. Always makes me laugh.
4) Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler As an economist myself, I love this book because it heralded a revolutionary new branch of economics: behavioral economics. I genuinely think it can change the world.
5) Open Her: Activate 7 Masculine Powers to Arouse Your Woman's Love & Desire by Karen Brody Eye-opening book that finally discusses masculinity in a reasonable, balanced, and objective manner. It taught me a healthy, beautiful, but assertive form of masculinity. It really should be the standard for how we teach our boys/men.
In Community Heroes, I talk about what being an AmeriCorps VISTA member taught me about community development, social impact, and the nonprofit sector. Whether you’re a regular citizen looking to do good in your community or an AmeriCorps VISTA member about to start your year of service, this book is perfect for anyone that is ready to learn about how to make their community a better place.