Bob Dickerson: “RESULTS gives me a concrete way to make the world better”

Bob DickersonIn September 1999, Bob Dickerson learned he had a slow-growing, cancerous tumor that was probably terminal. So he quit his job. Not to worry over his condition or to travel the world, but to dedicate himself to helping others. “I loved my job as a lawyer and I’d had fun in my life,” Bob said, “but I wanted to make the world a better place.”

He soon chose RESULTS as the organization he would give his time to, because, “It makes the biggest difference for the most people. It was the most powerful way to have an impact.”

Bob’s passion for RESULTS’ work is truly inspiring. As the group leader of the Seattle chapter, he’s helped expand RESULTS’ presence in the city and throughout Washington State, and regularly educates national leaders and the media on our global issues.

His passionate persistence usually pays off. “I’m constantly amazed at what we can accomplish just by asking — asking papers to write an editorial or our leaders to sponsor a bill that can change people’s lives,” he said.

For his efforts, Bob was honored with the Thomas C. Wales Foundation 2005 Award for Civic Engagement and Passionate Citizenship. Bob definitely exemplifies the qualities the award honors: the courage and determination to follow his own compass, drive, and initiative, significant time commitment, and positive results.

Seattle is home to some very visible organizations fighting poverty, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Vision. “Compared to that crowd, Bob Dickerson, in his sixth year living with cancer, insists he’s ‘just an ordinary citizen,’” wrote Danny Westneat in the Seattle Times*. But Westneat concluded that Bob is “up there with the billionaires in making the world a better place.”

That’s how we feel about all our volunteer activists.

If you’re ready to really make the world a better place, find a RESULTS chapter near you, visit our Take Action page, or start learning new skills from our Skills Center.

* “A Time to Show Results.” Seattle Times, Nov. 4, 2005