What You Can Make with Freedom: The Story of a PencilWhat You Can Make with Freedom
The Story of a Pencil

Authors: Clara Mengolini and Antonio Saravia

What You Can Make with Freedom is based on the famous essay “I, Pencil” published by Leonard Read in 1958. “I, Pencil” describes the complex process of making a pencil listing the different material components and workers involved in it. In What You Can Make with Freedom, the authors describe this same process using simple language and beautiful illustrations.

As it was the case for “I, Pencil,” the objective of What You Can Make with Freedom is not to describe the technical process of making a pencil but rather to highlight the invisible key ingredient present throughout—freedom.

The many people involved in the process of making a pencil participate in it only because they exercise their freedom to pursue their own goals, and in most cases, these workers are not even aware of the end product. They just want to do their best at cutting the wood or collecting the graphite so they can get paid and pursue their life goals. But the global and decentralized market process acts as an invisible hand that gathers all of these efforts into the creation of a pencil.

The authors explain that this is precisely the way everything in the world gets done. From a simple pencil to the creation of high-end technology to buildings and planes and massive ships. Everything is done and can be done if people are free to pursue their goals. What You Can Make with Freedom presents young readers with a simple way to understand these basic economic ideas and the miracles that free people can accomplish.

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Driss 1The Dreamer: How Martini Found a Passion by Pursuing a Dream
Authors: Dunia Consuegra and Andrés Marroquín

In this book, Dunia and Andrés tell the story of a young entrepreneur who starts a small business taking care of dogs. The goal of the book is to illustrate the value of ideas, hard work and entrepreneurship.

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