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Getting to maybe : how the world is changed

Author: Frances Westley, Ph. D.; Michael Quinn Patton; Brenda Zimmerman
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, ©2006.
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Many of us have a deep desire to make the world around us a better place. But often our good intentions are undermined by the fear that nothing we can do will actually help feed the world's hungry, fix the damage of a Hurricane Katrina or even get a healthy lunch program up and running in the local school. We tend to think that great social change is the province of heroes - an intimidating view of reality that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Westley, Ph. D.; Michael Quinn Patton; Brenda Zimmerman
ISBN: 0679314431 9780679314431
OCLC Number: 145803839
Description: xiv, 258 p. ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Quinn Patton.

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Many of us have a deep desire to make the world around us a better place. But often our good intentions are undermined by the fear that nothing we can do will actually help feed the world's hungry, fix the damage of a Hurricane Katrina or even get a healthy lunch program up and running in the local school. We tend to think that great social change is the province of heroes - an intimidating view of reality that keeps ordinary people on the couch. But extraordinary leaders such as Gandhi and even unlikely social activists such as Bob Geldof most often see themselves as harnessing the forces around them, rather than singlehandedly setting those forces in motion. The trick in any great social project - from the global fight against AIDS to working to eradicate poverty in a single Canadian city - is to stop looking at the discrete elements and start trying to understand the complex relationships between them. Looking at real-life examples of social change through this systems-and-relationships lens, the authors tease out the rules of engagement between volunteers, leaders, organizations and circumstance. Examples include: the ministers behind the Boston Miracle; the Grameen Bank; the efforts of a Canadian clothing designer to help transform the lives of aboriginal women and children, and more - between individuals and what Shakespeare called "the tide in the affairs of men."

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