Go Big: 20 Bold Solutions to Fix Our World (Paperback)Ed Miliband (author)
A rare beacon of positivity in these challenging times, Ed Miliband’s Reasons to be Cheerful podcast highlights ingenious methods employed across the world to bring about change for the better, and in Go Big he expands on these schemes and encourages readers to aim high in their ideals.
Good news: the solutions to our problems already exist.
Great news: a once-in-a-generation appetite for change means we can make them happen.
The challenges we face are daunting, but in Go Big Ed Miliband shows that the scale of what is possible is far greater. We are at a rare moment in history when people everywhere see the need for big change. Meanwhile, practical and proven ways exist for tackling everything from inequality to the climate crisis - if you know where to look and have the courage to think big.
Ed Miliband has captured imaginations with his award-winning hit podcast Reasons to be Cheerful, which discovers brilliant people all around the world who are successfully fixing problems, transforming communities and pioneering global movements. From a citizens' assembly in Mongolia to the UK's largest walking and cycling network in Greater Manchester, from flexible working in Finland to the campaign for the first halal Nando's in Cardiff, Go Big draws on the most imaginative and ambitious of these ideas to provide a vision for how to remake society.
The future is not yet written. It's our job to write it. Go Big shows us how.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'Go Big is enthralling. I had forgotten that such energy and imagination were possible in a book that concerns itself with contemporary problems of politics and public life. Ed Miliband writes with a vigour and lightness of touch that doesn't conceal or deny the seriousness of the problems or the intelligence of his suggestions for solving them. I was left with such an unusual feeling that I didn't at first realise what it was, and then I remembered: optimism. I hope everyone with the slightest interest in the way the world works will read it, and act on the lines he suggests' - Philip Pullman
'... everyone must rush out and buy GO BIG ... I really did find it such a hopeful book ... [written] with great wit and intelligence' - Elizabeth Day
'A new book by Mr Miliband is an important political event ... mounts a coherent challenge to orthodox views, encouraging his audience to think differently and laying the foundations of where the country needs to go ... Miliband is clear that we live in an age where it is movements of people, not politicians, that change the world' - The Guardian
'There's a lot of good stuff in here ... flashes of insight ... neat observations ... it is hard to disagree with much of what [he says] ... charmingly self-deprecating' - David Goodhart, The Sunday Times
'Self-deprecating and relentlessly upbeat ... so darned likeable ... demonstrating a boldness and clarity ... Miliband is right: we have devalued our social goods ... There's no reason why the Tories ... can't nick some of the sensible ideas in [this book] and make them their own' - The Telegraph
'Argues that the scale of the crises we face must define the scale of the solution ... Miliband is a listener ... and he draws inspiration wherever he can find it: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Icelandic female strikers, Paul Stephenson and the Bristol bus boycott ... [provides] the outline ... of 'a renewed social contract' ... set out with likeable energy' - The Observer
'Full of ambitious ideas about how to solve gigantic social issues such as working life, childcare and climate change ... This flawed, funny Miliband sparkles with an Alan Partridge-like flourish through Go Big ... Miliband never sounds angry. He doesn't even seem to get annoyed when the Tories steal his ideas' - GQ
'If you think we can just keep tinkering around the edges, you're the one who lives in la-la land. 'Go big' should be the rallying cry of progressives around the world' - Rutger Bregman, author of Humankind
'Engaging, powerful and funny, Ed Miliband's Go Big is an urgent call for democratic politics to rise up to the critical challenges of the 21st century. Bringing together research, personal experience and political vision, Miliband makes a compelling case for fundamental change. It is time to make the unthinkable thinkable, it is time to go big' - Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland
'Tinkering around the edges will not solve the problems facing Britain. As we emerge from the crisis, we must create a bold new settlement, based on economic security, fairness and prosperity. This timely and thought-provoking book will make important reading for everyone interested in shaping that future' - Sir Keir Starmer
'A post-pandemic world requires policy-makers to stop clinging to ideology, challenge accepted norms and be bold in finding solutions to the big challenges of our time. Go Big advocates just that, questioning the left and right of politics. At times it makes for uncomfortable reading but I believe it is a brave, essential and timely intervention as policy-makers start to redefine new norms after an unprecedented period of instability. It made me think and rethink again and again' - Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, former co-Chair of the Conservative Party
'Jam-packed with creativity, Go Big's courageous vision will not only inspire a generation to tackle today's most fearsome global challenges but provide them with the essential tools to succeed' - David Lammy
'By looking around the world at the people fixing and transforming communities, Go Big offers real hope for the future, showing us not only that the challenges we face are huge but that the scale of what is possible is even greater' - Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina
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