One of the things I like best about my job is that I’m being exposed to all sorts of new ideas and ways of looking at the world. Recently I read Getting to Maybe: How the world is changed, a book written by three authors who have all been deeply involved in social change in various ways. The book tells the stories of several individuals and groups who were effective social change leaders, and looks at what they did right, what they did wrong, and how what they were able to accomplish was sometimes of confluence of action, ideas, and luck.
It’s much more than a text of inspirational stories, though, this books delves into the theories behind change and provides clear directions to go in for readers attempting to effect change of their own.
What I thought was so great about this book, and it’s a very accessible read, is that it breaks down “how do I change the world?” into “how do I change my little corner of the world?” and then helps you tackle your specific interests within your corner. The idea is that even incremental change around an area about which you are passionate will contribute to the bigger picture, and that even ordinary people can be a part of doing extraordinary things, if they only get themselves in the mindset that change can come from them.
Overall, an excellent book that is quick to get through, but the ideas will hopefully simmer in your heads and hearts for long after you’ve finished it…