Drawing on the knowledge and experience of working with hundreds the world's top social change leaders in all fields, Beverly Schwartz presents a model for change based on five proven principles that any individual leader or organization can apply to bring about deep, lasting and systematic change. Rippling shows how to activate the type of change that is needed to address the critical challenges that threaten to destroy the foundations of our society and planet in these increasingly turbulent times.
These actionable principles are brought to life by compelling real-life stories. Schwartz provides a road map that allows anyone to become a changemaker.
- Presents some of today's most innovative and effective approaches to solving social and environmental challenges
- Offers a vision of social entrepreneurs as role models, catalysts, enablers and recruiters who spread waves system changing solutions throughout society
- The author offers a model of change that begins with the end result in mind
- First book from an insider at Ashoka, the foremost global organization on social change through social entrepreneurship
Rippling clearly demonstrates how and when empathy, creativity, passion, and persistence are combined; significant, life-altering progress is indeed possible.
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Table of ContentsFOREWORD BY BILL DRAYTON xi
INTRODUCTION: RIPPLING SOLUTIONS INTO SYSTEM CHANGE 1
PART ONE Restructuring Institutional Norms 18
Reflections by Esther Dyson
1 Power to the People—Germany 22
How Elektrizitatswerke Schónau works with communities to buy back, manage, and control electric grids so it can replace nuclear power with renewable sources of energy.
2 The Teaching of Teaching—United States 32
Changing the dynamics of how and what teachers teach; appreciating the vision of the Center for Inspired Teaching.
3 From Servitude to Solution—India 42
How the Rickshaw Bank is reinventing the lives and livelihoods of rickshaw drivers.
4 Lifting the Veil for Women Who Don’t Exist—Nepal 54
Removing age-old restrictions on women who lose their rights, property, and freedom after the death of their husband; understanding how Women’s Human Rights is changing the face of Asia.
PART TWO Changing Market Dynamics 64
Reflections by Peter M. Senge
5 Using MicroConsignment to Open a Door to Economic Inclusion—Guatemala 68
Exploring the way Community Enterprise Solutions offers ‘‘a basket of solutions’’ to rural villagers by lowering the cost of economic entry for suppliers.
6 Dialing Maize 411—Kenya 84
Using technology to connect small-scale farmers with real-time competitive prices; how the Kenya Agricultural Commodities Exchange improves the lives of small farmers.
7 Stimulating Fiscal Vibrancy by Creating a New Economy—Brazil 94
Stimulating local economies by creating a new currency and a system of community banks for low-income citizens; the story of Bancos Palmas.
PART THREE Using Market Forces to Create Social Value 104
Reflections by William Jefferson Clinton
8 From Garbage to Gold—Peru 108
How Ciudad Saludable creates microenterprises around garbage collection and increases the economic viability and positive health outcomes of communities in which they operate.
9 A Better Model of Capitalism—United States 120
Ensuring a fair price for farmers by transforming global trade practices; the influence of FairTrade USA on American consumers and its impact on families around the world.
10 Shit Business Is Serious Business—Nigeria 134
Building a culture of sanitation and hygiene in crowded urban areas in Africa and Asia; why DMT Mobile Toilets is literally changing the landscape and much more.
11 Putting the Public Back in Public Housing—France 146
Applying a quintuple bottom line to eco-housing, Chenelet energizes low-income neighborhoods while creating community with dignity and grace.
PART FOUR Advancing Full Citizenship 156
Reflections by Geeta Rao Gupta
12 Financial Freedom for Children—Global 160
Equipping a generation of youth to take charge of their financial survival, Aflatoun balances the scales in favor of their future.
13 Overcoming the Barriers Between Us and Them—Germany 170
Redefining disability as ability and otherness as likeness; the story of Dialogue Social Enterprise, creator of the ‘‘Dialogue in the Dark’’ experience.
14 Autistic Abilities—Denmark 180
How Specialisterne (Specialist People Foundation) is transforming autism from a handicap to a competitive advantage.
15 Crazy Becomes Normal—Argentina 190
Reconnecting the mentally ill with society and vice versa, La Colifata uses a weekly radio show broadcast by the patients as the link.
PART FIVE Cultivating Empathy 200
Reflections by Arianna Huffington
16 From Babies to Behavioral Shift—Canada 204
The effectiveness of Roots of Empathy in ending aggressive behavior among children.
17 Cultivating Champions of Interfaith
Action—United States 214
Building widespread public support for interfaith youth work on University campuses; embracing the mission of the Interfaith Youth Core.
18 Beautiful Resistance—Palestine 224
How Alrowwad creates a space to express normality in conflict zones.
19 Conclusion: Turning What Is and What If into What Can Be 236
EPILOGUE: HOW TO THINK ABOUT TOMORROW 248
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 258