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Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact (Hardback)
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Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 07/11/2014
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This is the first comprehensive guide to creating and managing social-impact networks that tackle complex, unpredictable problems. Written by the three leading thinkers and practitioners in the non-profit field, this resource will help organisations enhance their reach and effectiveness. Something new and important is afoot. Non-profit and philanthropic organisations are under increasing pressure to do more and to do better to increase and improve productivity with fewer resources. Social entrepreneurs, community-minded leaders, non-profit organisations, and philanthropists now recognise that to achieve greater impact they must adopt a network-centric approach to solving difficult problems. Building networks of like-minded organisations and people offers them a way to weave together and create strong alliances that get better leverage, performance, and results than any single organisation 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.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610915328
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 25 mm

"Millennials' generational mission is to work together to change the world for the better. Connecting to Change the World is destined to become their guidebook for how to build the generative social networks they will use to accomplish their goal. Everyone interested in making global change happen at the local level will benefit from following the sage advice built on practical experience that permeates the pages of this book."--Morley Winograd, coauthor, "Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America"
"We all know that networks are key to the next generation of civic organizing, but what is the key to networks? Connecting to Change the World is chock full of advice and hard-won lessons from the frontiers of today's net-centric innovations. This is required reading for social change makers to understand that there is an art, a science, and a discipline essential to design, develop, maintain, sustain and grow powerful networks."--Sterling Speirn, Managing Director, Poverty Interrupted and Former President & CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
"Whether you're a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit executive, a funder, or a grassroots activist, you'll find strategies, tools, and cases that you can use to power your vision as well as your everyday work. Connecting to Change the World is essential reading for anyone who's passionate about using networks to advance social change."--Kathy Reich, Director of Organizational Effectiveness Grantmaking, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
"The hard truth is, every organization is facing complex social problems that they can't solve on their own. The good news is, every organization can build networks that will help them create solutions together. Connecting to Change the World is the must-read manual that will teach you how to put this strategy to work if you really want to make a difference."--Alan Webber, cofounder, Fast Company and author of "Life Reimagined" and "Rules of Thumb"
"Connecting to Change the World provides social entrepreneurs with a powerful new tool for organizing change--the creation of generative networks that empower and unleash the complementary energies of large numbers of independent and interdependent actors. Incorporating lessons from dozens of networks in a host of fields, many of which they had a hand in improving, the authors advance the understanding and practice of an important emerging tool for social change, providing specific steps to success and important insights. I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about unleashing social change."--Bob Friedman, Founder and Chair, Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), board member, Family Independence
"Is there a 21st century blueprint for sustainable social change? If, like me, you've been working in the trenches to grow a new world only to be stumped by the very real barriers of weak tools--foolhardy business models, unimaginative value propositions, and the 20th century hangover of scale--then this is the book for you. Connecting to Change the World sheds light on why some organizations today feel like heavy bricks, whereas others defy gravity. Read on to discover how to situate yourself to grow social change that lives on longer than we do and goes to places we hadn't imagined."--Richard McCarthy, Executive Director for Slow Food USA
"The authors of Connecting to Change the World have rightly concluded that pooling talent and resources to address complex social and environmental problems is the only way to go. Their highly readable new book explains the art of creating collaborative solutions. Architecture 2030 is pleased to have worked with the authors when forming a national network of city-based 2030 Districts--local networks focused on carbon emissions, energy, and water reductions. We enthusiastically endorse their approach, and recommend their new book to individuals and groups committed to solving problems and ensuring a positive impact."--Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030
"An important contribution to the growing literature on networks, Connecting to Change the World offers startlingly useful guidance to those who need to navigate a changing new world increasingly represented by links and nodes. Free of the hyperbole and conjecture that sometimes accompany claims on the potential of networks, the authors rely on their research and experience to pinpoint the benefits and limitations of networks. As a person who works with policymakers and is actively engaged in philanthropy, this will become a well-worn reference book."--Anita R. Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University
..".may well be the best guide for practitioner[s] to date...comprehensive...[Connecting to Change the World] is a significant contribution to the field of social change."--Engage!

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