How to Change the World

Author: John-Paul Flintoff

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250030684

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

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THE SCHOOL OF LIFE IS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS IN HIGHLY-PORTABLE PAPERBACKS, FEATURING FRENCH FLAPS AND DECKLE EDGES, THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS "DAMNABLY CUTE." WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE WILL DIRECT YOU TOWARDS A VARIETY OF USEFUL IDEAS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO STIMULATE, PROVOKE, AND CONSOLE. We all want to live in a better world, but sometimes it feels like we lack the ability to make a difference. Author, broadcaster, and journalist John-Paul Flintoff offers a powerful reminder that through the generations, society has been transformed by the actions of individuals who understood that if they didn't like something, they could change it. Combining fresh new insights from history and other disciplines, this book will give you a sense of what might just be possible, as well as the inspiration and the courage you need to go about improving and changing the world we live in.
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How to Change the World

Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition

Author: David Bornstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195334760

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 358

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David Bornstein's How to Change the World is the first book to study a remarkable and growing group of individuals around the world - what Bornstein calls social entrepreneurs. These men and women are bringing innovative, and successful, grass-roots approaches to a wide variety of social and economic problems, from rural poverty in India to discrimination against gypsies in Central Europe; from industrial pollution in the United States to child prostitution in Thailand. Like business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs are creative, driven, and adventurous. The embrace change, exploit new opportunities, and think big. In How to Change the World, Bornstein provides vivid profiles of many such individuals, looking at the personalities, strategies, and techniques they have in common. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will see how social entrepreneurs bring about structural changes intheir societies - in other words, how one human being can make a difference. The case studies in the book include Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the international campaign against landmines she ran by e-mail from her Vermont home; Roberto Baggio, a 31-year old Brazilian who has established eighty computer schools in the slums of Brazil; and Diana Propper, who has used investment banking techniques to make American corporations responsive to environmental dangers.The paperback edition will offer a new foreword by the author that shows how the concept of social entrepreneurship has expanded and unfolded over the last few years, including the Gates-Buffetts charitable partnership, the rise of Google, and the increased mainstream coverage of the subject. The book will also update the stories of individual social entrepreneurs that appeared in the cloth edition.
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31 Ways to Change the World

We are what We Do

Author: Tanis Taylor

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763645060

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 67

View: 1313

This book contains 31 suggestions and activities that kids can do that help the environment and other people.
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Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties

Author: Libuse Binder

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402228236

Category: Self-Help

Page: 352

View: 4164

"Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties" provides resources and opportunities for you to use your talents to help create a history we can all be proud of.
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365 Ways To Change the World

How to Make a Difference-- One Day at a Time

Author: Michael Norton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416548327

Category: Reference

Page: 400

View: 5119

You want to make a difference in the world, but don't know where to begin. Now you can. Here is just the guide to lots of exciting ways that are more personal and fun than merely writing a check. For every day of the year, 365 Ways to Change the World is packed with information and ideas that don't take a lot of special skills to put into action, but will achieve something positive: Observe a "Buy Nothing Day" Plant a "peace pole" Sew a panel for an AIDS memorial quilt Collect rainwater to water your plants The suggestions cover twelve important areas in which you can influence change, including in your local community, as a consumer, making a cultural contribution, and addressing problems such as the environment, health, and human rights. You can go through the book day by day or use the index to flip to the issues that concern you most; to help you take action, a complementary website links straight to many of the sources listed in the book. Great to give as well as to keep, this is an inspiring, practical resource for making the world a better place -- one day at a time.
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Connecting to Change the World

Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact

Author: Peter Plastrik,Madeleine Taylor,John Cleveland

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 161091533X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Something new and important is afoot. Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are under increasing pressure to do more and to do better to increase and improve productivity with fewer resources. Social entrepreneurs, community-minded leaders, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists now recognize that to achieve greater impact they must adopt a network-centric approach to solving difficult problems. Building networks of like-minded organizations and people offers them a way to weave together and create strong alliances that get better leverage, performance, and results than any single organization is able to do. While the advantages of such networks are clear, there are few resources that offer easily understandable, field-tested information on how to form and manage social-impact networks. Drawn from the authors’ deep experience with more than thirty successful network projects, Connecting to Change the World provides the frameworks, practical advice, case studies, and expert knowledge needed to build better performing networks. Readers will gain greater confidence and ability to anticipate challenges and opportunities. Easily understandable and full of actionable advice, Connecting to Change the World is an informative guide to creating collaborative solutions to tackle the most difficult challenges society faces.
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Writing to Change the World

Author: Mary Bray Pipher

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781594482533

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 253

View: 8061

Integrating practical instruction with inspiration and reflections, the author explains how to convey a meaningful message through one's writing, describing the various steps in the writing process as well as the various forms of advocacy writing.
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Managing to Change the World

The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results

Author: Alison Green,Jerry Hauser

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118205928

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Why getting results should be every nonprofit manager's first priority A nonprofit manager's fundamental job is to get results, sustained over time, rather than boost morale or promote staff development. This is a shift from the tenor of many management books, particularly in the nonprofit world. Managing to Change the World is designed to teach new and experienced nonprofit managers the fundamental skills of effective management, including: managing specific tasks and broader responsibilities; setting clear goals and holding people accountable to them; creating a results-oriented culture; hiring, developing, and retaining a staff of superstars. Offers nonprofit managers a clear guide to the most effective management skills Shows how to address performance problems, dismiss staffers who fall short, and the right way to exercising authority Gives guidance for managing time wisely and offers suggestions for staying in sync with your boss and managing up This important resource contains 41 resources and downloadable tools that can be implemented immediately.
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To Change the World

The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

Author: James Davison Hunter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199779529

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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The call to make the world a better place is inherent in the Christian belief and practice. But why have efforts to change the world by Christians so often failed or gone tragically awry? And how might Christians in the 21st century live in ways that have integrity with their traditions and are more truly transformative? In To Change the World, James Davison Hunter offers persuasive--and provocative--answers to these questions. Hunter begins with a penetrating appraisal of the most popular models of world-changing among Christians today, highlighting the ways they are inherently flawed and therefore incapable of generating the change to which they aspire. Because change implies power, all Christian eventually embrace strategies of political engagement. Hunter offers a trenchant critique of the political theologies of the Christian Right and Left and the Neo-Anabaptists, taking on many respected leaders, from Charles Colson to Jim Wallis and Stanley Hauerwas. Hunter argues that all too often these political theologies worsen the very problems they are designed to solve. What is really needed is a different paradigm of Christian engagement with the world, one that Hunter calls "faithful presence"--an ideal of Christian practice that is not only individual but institutional; a model that plays out not only in all relationships but in our work and all spheres of social life. He offers real-life examples, large and small, of what can be accomplished through the practice of "faithful presence." Such practices will be more fruitful, Hunter argues, more exemplary, and more deeply transfiguring than any more overtly ambitious attempts can ever be. Written with keen insight, deep faith, and profound historical grasp, To Change the World will forever change the way Christians view and talk about their role in the modern world.
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How to Change the World

Reflections on Marx and Marxism

Author: Eric Hobsbawm

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300176163

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 470

View: 9925

A penetrating reassessment of Marxist thought and its relevance today, by a world-renowned historian of Marxism
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Learning to Change the World

The Social Impact of One Laptop Per Child

Author: Charles Kane,Walter Bender,Jody Cornish,Neal Donahue

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1137000481

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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UNESCO estimates that eleven percent of primary school–age children—seventy-two million worldwide—are not enrolled in or attending school. Children who do attend may find themselves in schools that lack adequate space, facilities, or resources—impossible situations for learning. It is against this backdrop of profound need that One Laptop per Child (OLPC) emerged in 2005. The mission of the organization is to "empower the children of developing countries to learn." They created the first affordable netbook specifically built to withstand harsh climates and the handling of young children—the bright green and white XO. At the 2005 World Economic Forum, Nicholas Negroponte, the MIT researcher who co-founded the Media Lab and OLPC, introduced the XO laptop to the world and described a new approach to changing education in developing countries. First, children must have access to information (through low-cost data communications) and the tools to educate themselves (affordable computers and learning software). Secondly, the fundamental approach to education must shift from passive knowledge acquisition to active construction of knowledge (learning how to learn). Thirdly, OLPC planned to build an organization with the capability to deliver these computers and support these shifts globally. It was an audacious vision of how to bring about a massive educational change. Learning to Change the World is the story of One Laptop per Child—a story that will resonate with entrepreneurs and social innovators in any field. OLPC is an example of a non-profit organization with aspirations for systemic change on a global scale, yet wrestling with tough questions that will be familiar to any social entrepreneur: how to ensure market forces support the scale up of a social program; how to balance the need to repeat past successes but still leave room for innovation; how to leverage a network to expand impact beyond your original capabilities; and how to help people without creating dependence. The authors set out to tell the real story of their journey—both successes and failures. For both ardent supporters and critics alike, this book presents both an invitation and a challenge: to set aside preconceived notions about OLPC and read the inside story of the origins and evolution of the organization.
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How to Change the World

The Essential Guide for Social Sector Leaders

Author: Craig Dearden-Phillips

Publisher: Turnpike Press

ISBN: 0955963222

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Every leader in the social sector starts out believing they can change the world. But they often find that making a clear, measurable difference isn't easy. Few, by mid-career, are achieving quite as much impact as they anticipated. Some leaders settle for that and focus on having a decent career. Others don't sit back. Instead, they look to take their effectiveness as a social sector leader to another level. This book shares the experience of more than 25 exceptional leaders running successful charities, social enterprises and public service mutuals. 'We need honest discussion and bold solutions to the challenges facing our society today. This book will help you play your part in leading the change we all need to see,' Norman Lamb MP We're seeing increasing insecurity and instability in the charity sector as funding becomes harder to secure. This book will help you adapt to these changing times, survive and succeed.' Dawn Austwick, CEO Big Lottery Fund
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Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties

Author: Libuse Binder

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402247664

Category: Self-Help

Page: 352

View: 6966

WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN? Throwing a party. Preparing a meal. Sending an email. These are things you do all the time. How can they really make a difference? Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties shows how to transform these everyday activities into world-changing events: Throw a party with a purpose. Prepare a sustainable meal. Send an email to your representative. An inspiring collection of ideas that can make the world a better place, this book taps into the potential of an energetic, influential generation and lights the path to shaping tomorrow by: Digging into what you love Volunteering in ways big and small Supporting political actions that reflect your values Leading an eco-active lifestyle Simplifying and reducing your footprint Using your buying power to encourage better business practices Eating well locally Hosting a party with a purpose Exploring the world through environmentally responsible travel Turning your passion into a vocation With a rating scale based on the time, money, and lifestyle impact required, and peppered with true tales of twentysomethings who've made an impact, Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties provides resources and opportunities for you to use your talents to help create a history we can all be proud of. *** "Everywhere I go around the planet, I find young people, fresh from college, leading the new green movement. With savvy and heart, they're making a real difference—and as this book shows, you can too!" Bill McKibben | 350.org
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Management 3.0

Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders

Author: Jurgen Appelo

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0321712471

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 413

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How software practitioners can become great Agile leaders: simple rules from real-world practice * *Succeed with Agile by mastering eight crucial leadership skills: activating people, empowering teams, aligning results, organizing structure, enforcing discipline, manipulating context, acquiring knowledge, and measuring performance. *Work more effectively with knowledge workers, while managing risk, uncertainty, and change. *The newest book in Mike Cohn's best-selling Signature Series. In Management 3.0, top Agile manager Jurgen Appelo shows managers how to lead Agile adoption and Agile projects more effectively, while also helping their colleagues develop as leaders in Agile environments. Appelo combines the 'what,' 'why,' and 'how' of agile leadership, presenting background, examples, and powerful, proven techniques. Appelo identifies the eight most crucial agile leadership skills, explaining in detail why they matter and how to develop them - both in yourself and in your colleagues. You'll discover powerful ways to activate people, empower teams, align results, organize structure, enforce discipline, manipulate context, acquire knowledge, and measure performance. Management 3.0 will help aspiring managers and leaders: * *Define their teams' boundaries and constraints, so they can self-organize more effectively. *Anticipate issues teams won't or can't resolve on their own. *Give teams the feed and caring they need, and let them grow on their own. *Sow the seeds for a culture of craftsmanship. *Successfully manage risks and uncertainty in fast-changing projects and environments.
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A Selfish Plan to Change the World

Finding Big Purpose in Big Problems

Author: Justin Dillon

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718084578

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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You are exactly what the world needs What if your search for meaning could solve the world’s problems? What if everything you are passionate about could save a life or change history? Justin Dillon argues it can, and A Selfish Plan to Change the World shows how. In this paradigm-shifting new book, Dillon--the founder of Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World--reveals the secret to a life of deep and lasting significance: the discovery that our need for meaning is inextricably linked to the needs of the world. A Selfish Plan to Change the World delivers a revolutionary method for meeting both needs. Drawing upon his own unlikely transformation from touring musician to founder of a global movement and telling the stories of other surprising world-changers, Dillon shows how to create a life of deep purpose by stepping into the problems of the world. Taking readers on a journey from sweatshops in India to punk rock concerts in Ireland, Dillon exposes the limitations of the "giving back" approach involving donations and volunteerism to reveal the unexpected power of "giving in" to pursue self-interest in a way that alters the very dynamics of the world’s most challenging problems. A Selfish Plan to Change the World is your "self-help-others" guide to a life that matters, demonstrating how you can repurpose your existing talents, backstory, and networks to improve the lives of others. Changing the world no longer belongs only to martyrs and professional do-gooders. You can live an extraordinary life. You can change the world. All you ever needed was a plan.
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If You Really Want to Change the World

A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Ventures

Author: Henry Kressel,Norman Winarsky

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1625278306

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Silicon Valley’s latest trend for creating new ventures is based on trial and error: test market needs with new product concepts and a minimum amount of capital, expect that the product may not meet the market need, so fail fast and try another product with the hope that a product-market fit will eventually emerge. But this fail fast, step-and-pivot philosophy is like taking a random walk in the forest without a compass. If You Really Want to Change the World is about helping entrepreneurs find true north. Henry Kressel and Norman Winarsky—technologists, inventors, and investors with stellar track records—provide a guide for those who wish to create a market-leading company that will have a real impact: a disciplined and staged approach they have used to launch, invest in, and develop scores of highly successful companies. If You Really Want to Change the World leads entrepreneurs through the critical stages of venture development, from concept to acquisition or public offering to maintaining a rich culture of innovation in the company. It is a guide by innovators for innovators, with approaches that are practical and timeless. Drawing on the authors’ experiences as well as those of their partners from around the world, Kressel and Winarsky share the stories of their triumphs and misses, demonstrate their method in action, and inspire their readers in the process. There are more opportunities now than ever before to build breakthrough companies that touch millions of lives. If this is your goal, let this book be your guide to creating world-changing ventures.
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Giant Steps to Change the World

Author: Spike Lee,Tonya Lewis Lee

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442432993

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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“On some days your dreams may seem too far away to realize… Listen to the whispers of those that came before...” People throughout history have taken giant steps toward improving the world—but even the smallest step makes a difference. A wonderful and inspiring gift, Giant Steps to Change the World encourages readers to follow in the footsteps of those who came before, to reject fears of inadequacy, and to ponder what they can contribute to society.
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Young Enough to Change the World

Stories of Kids and Teens Who Turned Their Dreams Into Action

Author: Michael R. Connolly,Brie K. Goolbis

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1935826425

Category: Humanitarianism

Page: 154

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Presents fifteen stories of young people from around the world who has made a positive difference in the lives of others.
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To Change the World

My Years in Cuba

Author: Margaret Randall

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813546452

Category: History

Page: 247

View: 1943

In To Change the World, the legendary writer and poet Margaret Randall chronicles her decade in Cuba from 1969 to 1980. Both a highly personal memoir and an examination of the revolution's great achievements and painful mistakes, the book paints a portrait of the island during a difficult, dramatic, and exciting time. Randall gives readers an inside look at her children's education, the process through which new law was enacted, the ins and outs of healthcare, employment, internationalism, culture, and ordinary people's lives. She explores issues of censorship and repression, describing how Cuban writers and artists faced them. She recounts one of the country's last beauty pageants, shows us a night of People's Court, and takes us with her when she shops for her family's food rations. Key figures of the revolution appear throughout, and Randall reveals aspects of their lives never before seen. More than fifty black and white photographs, most by the author, add depth and richness to this astute and illuminating memoir. Written with a poet's ear, depicted with a photographer's eye, and filled with a feminist vision, To Change the Worldùneither an apology nor gratuitous attackùadds immensely to the existing literature on revolutionary Cuba.
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Kids Who Are Changing the World

Author: Anne Jankeliowitch

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402295340

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 8765

The inspiring stories of 45 young heroes who have made an impact on our planet. Forty-five young people from around the world (including twelve from the U.S. and four from Canada) are doing something every day to make the world a better place. They discovered issues that concerned them and did something about it. With skills ranging from singing, drawing, and painting to fund-raising, public demonstrations, and events, they have fought climate change and pollution, and worked to protect animals and their natural habitats. This inspiring book also includes reference materials and suggestions on how readers can get involved.
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