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"Gardner's is not a 'how-to-do-it' book for the conduct of modern society. It is something rarer these days and more basic: a 'why-to-do-it' book. Its impact on many readers is bound to be challenging and stimulating and even inspirational."—Clark Kerr, Science
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1964)
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Ryn
Apr 11, 2010 Ryn rated it it was amazing
NOT SELF-HELP DUMB-ASS POP PSYCHOLOGY. This is timeless, eloquent, IMPORTANT writing about how a society can innovate in a way that doesn't destroy its own framework for meaningful interactions.
Please look at the Table of Contents for a sense of the scope (and depth) of what he covers. This book has been more helpful for thinking about the BIG picture of self-renewal of healthcare and education.
John Gardner was Secretary of Health Education and Welfare (now Health & Human Services) in the 6
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David Barrie
Jul 26, 2014 David Barrie rated it really liked it
"Today the skeptic is the status quo. The one who must make the effort is the one who seeks to create a new moral order." Worth reading this book for a taste of the urge to moral seriousness - and without embarrassment - at a key moment in the 1960s. It serves as a massive reminder to societies that wish to renew themselves that they must rid themselves of what Gardner calls "corrosive melancholy". And that new things that drive out the old lack style, sophistication and rich layering - but to w ...more
Brando
Mar 24, 2014 Brando rated it it was amazing
This book changed my view of the world, it is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the drive of the American heart.
Geoffrey Pidcock
Sep 27, 2015 Geoffrey Pidcock rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book at the outset of a role change to "operations analyst". Mine is the task to think and present new ways of organisation - and I thank John Gardner for providing a timeless, compelling frame with which to attack the problem. Moving beyond my context though, the topic of innovation and renewal is relevant for any one aspiring to global citizenship, and essential reading for leadership. Some quotes that will spark reflection for a long time:

The role of technology (worried
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Apr 26, 2015 Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) rated it really liked it
This is a long essay on society and individuals, not particularly entertaining, but interesting.
Calvin Liu
Apr 29, 2015 Calvin Liu rated it it was amazing
Nice fairly quick exposition on how to be and what to do in the world to continually renew oneself and one's society. A bit dogmatic but I dig that stuff. Gardner seems like a helluva man. Really gets you thinking.
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John William Gardner, President of the Carnegie Corporation, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, was subsequently the founder of two influential national U.S. organizations, Common Cause and Independent Sector, as well as the author of numerous books on improving leadership in American society and other subjects. He was also the founder of two prestigious fe ...more
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