How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't
Discover how those who change the world do so with this thoughtful and timely book
Why do some changes occur, and others don't? What are the factors that drive successful social and environmental movements, while others falter? How Change Happens examines the leadership approaches, campaign strategies, and ground-level tactics employed in a range of modern social change campaigns. The book explores successful movements that have achieved phenomenal impact since the 1980s--tobacco control, gun rights expansion, LGBT marriage equality, and acid rain elimination. It also examines recent campaigns that seem to have fizzled, like Occupy Wall Street, and those that continue to struggle, like gun violence prevention and carbon emissions reduction. And it explores implications for movements that are newly emerging, like Black Lives Matter. By comparing successful social change campaigns to the rest, How Change Happens reveals powerful lessons for changemakers who seek to impact society and the planet for the better in the 21st century.
Author Leslie Crutchfield is a writer, lecturer, social impact advisor, and leading authority on scaling social innovation. She is Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, and co-author of two previous books, Forces for Good and Do More than Give. She serves as a senior advisor with FSG, the global social impact consulting firm. She is frequently invited to speak at nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate events, and has appeared on shows such as ABC News Now and NPR, among others. She is an active media contributor, with pieces appearing in The Washington Post. Fortune.com, CNN/Money and Harvard Business Review.com.
- Examines why some societal shifts occur, and others don't
- Illustrates the factors that drive successful social and environmental movements
- Looks at the approaches, strategies, and tactics that changemakers employ in order to effect widescale change
Whatever cause inspires you, advance it by applying the must-read advice in How Change Happens--whether you lead a social change effort, or if you're tired of just watching from the outside and want to join the fray, or if you simply want to better understand how change happens, this book is the place to start.
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About the Author
LESLIE R. CRUTCHFIELD is executive director of Georgetown University's Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at the McDonough School of Business, and an author, educator, trainer and leading authority on social change. Crutchfield's two previous books are the bestselling, award-winning Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits with Heather McLeod Grant, and Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World with Mark Kramer and John Kania of FSG social impact consultants, where Crutchfield serves as senior advisor. A frequent media contributor and commentator, her writing and ideas have been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and she has appeared on ABC News, PBS and other shows.