A Reading List for Social Change Leaders

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A collection of Stanford Social Innovation Reviewexcerpts from the most popular books published in 2021:

“As economists and theorists revolve around the idea of ​​the ‘future of capitalism’, the old and new concept of ‘mutualism’ is emerging from the bottom up, as the next ‘ism’ beyond capitalism which provides the moral compass and game plan we need.”

“A community that ‘supports’ a leader doesn’t just vote, rally or march once. This excerpt is from a chapter in which we explore the meaning of “staying behind” by developing alternative measures to understand whether the movement organizations in our study were able to change power more sustainably.

“Proponents of evidence appraisal, especially RCTs – what I call ‘randomistas’ – diverge from ‘contestistas’, who focus their enthusiasm and energy on using incentive prizes to spur innovations social and political. The two groups grow but separate.

“One of the most practical ways to deal with uncertainty is to get your work well-known and get lots of feedback and information; not just once, but throughout your creative process.

“We have a lot to learn from other countries that have taken a wellness-focused approach to decision-making, budgets and policies. In these contexts, wellbeing is a broad and holistic view of how people are doing.

“Unconventional thinkers focus their attention closely and with fresh eyes. At various times, they also step back and/or step away from the creative process to step back and enrich their understanding, a process we have called levitation.

“Strategic racism: when efforts to defend or expand systemic racism result in greater economic or political power for one’s self. Perhaps the quintessential example of strategic racism is the rollback of criminal justice reform in the United States.

“Companies are now expected, on the part of employees, investors, governments and society as a whole, to become true agents of change. This puts these social and environmental issues firmly on the board’s agenda.

“Activism and charity have been transformed in the digital age. As Black Lives Matter protests across the United States and the world coordinated on social media, self-help groups organized online to provide neighborhood-level assistance for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“America has always had a love affair with size. In the business world, we call it ‘scale’ and we celebrate it. The concept has dominated the last generation of entrepreneurs, who have built modern technological empires. But our history has always been one of balance. Innovation demands that empires be challenged by the New Builders.

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