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Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A practical, inspirational, revolutionary guide to social innovation

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 we are so insignificant in the big scheme of things that nothing we can do will actually help feed the world’s hungry, fix the damage of a Hurricane Katrina or even get a
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Vintage Canada (first published September 5th 2006)
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The moment you quote Mary Oliver's poem "Wild Geese" and try to act like it's about the momentum of social movements is the moment I stop reading your book and throw it at the bleeping wall.

(This was the last straw of many egregious assaults on poetry.)

(Besides that, I found it trite, redundant, and criminally simplistic.)
Many uplifting stories here and much encouragement. Boiled down to less than the sum of its parts the message is this: Social change is hard, but the need for it never ends, so keep trying because change comes from the oddest places, and every helpful action, no matter how small, pushes in a positive direction. If enough snowflakes fall on a branch, it will bend and eventually break (or, not mentioned, the snowflakes will all slide off …).

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This may be one of the most enlightening books on social change I have read in a long time. The authors are long time activists and students of what they call "social innovation" which they describe in numerous ways are efforts to bring about significant transformation in commonly established practices. In the preface it says: "this book is for flawed people.... who are not happy with the way things are and would like to make a difference". The preface begins by describing former Czech president ...more
A good companion book to books and reading material on systems theory and complexity theory. Lots of cases sited and examples which can be useful real world references.

You will not learn systems theory or complexity theory by reading this book. It is more about how those theories are used in real world situations.
Inspiring discussion of social change as force for transformation. I recommend this for all social innovators, visionaries and anyone interested in creating or transitioning change in the world today. Well presented, written and articulated with numerous appropriate examples to encourage and inspire passionate engagement where ever one has juice.
from the notes "While traditional evaluation judges mistakes and unattained objectives as failures, developmental evaluation treats them as learning op
I would recommend this book to anybody who has ever wondered why things have to be the way they are and what they can do to make it better. I really enjoyed this book because it wasn't one that sells you false hope about your personal ability to change the world, but rather it provides guidelines an
With the emphasis on complexity science, parts of this book reminded me of Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise. There are nuggets of wisdom in this book that I found useful, especially that it's useful to reflect on the underlying "rules" of a given system that give rise to the nature of the phenomena within that system. Other design principles cited are not particularly new, but that doesn't mean that they aren't useful. That said, there's a lot of fluff in this book, and I found that I was ...more
Yet another take on managing change in a complex world, this time from the vantage point of social entrepreneurs and activists. Complexity theory serves as a (metaphorical) background to illuminate and deepen concepts. The book is littered with case studies, the vast majority of them from a North American realm. There are some interesting bits on 'developmental evaluation', a theme that is elaborated in much more detail in Michael Quinn Patton's eponymous book. I'd give it 3,5 stars.
A bit longer than it needed to be, but lots of wonderful examples of how people bring about change by using not-the-usual tactics in highly complex situations where linear, strategic planning just doesn't work. Really enjoyed it, lots of good things to think about.
I think this book would be a lot more valuable for someone who is actually trying to take an innovative non-profit idea off the ground. Otherwise, it presents a lot of interesting ideas in a very lose framework, and I found most of it difficult to retain.
People who feel called to change their little piece of the world are always inspiring to me! This book is filled with ideas of things that others can do to help in service to their communities.
Bits and pieces of inspiration for the community organizer, non-profit crowd. But structure is poor and the examples become unnecessary after awhile. Would have made a better essay than book.
This was ok, ultimately not as empowering or helpful as I hoped. An easy intro to complexity theory and dealing with complex problems for those not familiar with the field.
I really liked this book. Very well written, easy to understand and applicable. Inspirational and very, very helpful! Love it! Would recommend that everyone read it.
One of my all time favorite nonfiction books, I've read it several times. It speaks to my line of work and I find it quite inspirational.
This is one of my favorite all time "pop psych" books. I think about it all the time - also a fabulous introduction to chaos theory.
Interesting, but only relevant if you're a philanthropist or leading a social welfare non-profit.
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May 20, 2008 April Doner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone i know
rocking my world. deep and sharp and gentle and inspiring.
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