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Change for the Audacious: A Doer’s Guide

Posted on October 12, 2016
By Steve Waddell

Responding to the 21st century’s enormous global challenges such as: climate change; food sustainability; health; education; environmental degradation; and, wealth creation while also realizing its unsurpassed opportunities requires new ways of acting and organizing.

My new book, Change for the Audacious: A Doer’s Guide, is for people working on these types of issues but anchored in the perspective that we can create a future that is not just “sustainable”, but also flourishing. Our collective challenge is to see this work as not just one of incremental change, but also as one of transformation – radical change in the way we perceive our world, create relationships and organize our societies.

The challenges named above are viewed as large systems change issues that require the engagement of many, many people and organizations often globally; issues requiring deep innovation with shifts in mindsets and power structures; and issues that require capacity to work with complexity. Large systems change is presented as a new field of practice and knowledge.

After introducing concepts of transformation and complexity, five case studies of large systems change are presented. These cases and others are referenced throughout the remainder of the book highlighting large systems change strategy, organizing structures, steps in developing the necessary collective action, tools, and personal guidance for change practitioners.

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Steve Waddell

By Steve Waddell

Responding to the 21st century’s enormous global challenges and realizing its unsurpassed opportunities require new ways of acting and organizing. For the past 30 years Steve has been supporting this with organizational, network, and societal change and development. He does this through consultations, education, research, and personal leadership. For the last 10 years he’s focused largely on multi-stakeholder global change networks (Global Action Networks) and complex change. Steve has dozens of publications. Other books are Societal Learning and Change: Innovation with Multi-Stakeholder Strategies (2005); and Global Action Networks: Creating our future together (2011). He is lead editor of a June 2015 special issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship on the topic of Large Systems Change. He has a Ph.D. in sociology and an MBA, and is a Canadian-American living in Boston.

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