How to change the world (#0635HH9)

by Flintoff, John-Paul

2 reviews & awards | 2 full-text reviews

Paperback Picador, 2013
Price: USD 16.35
Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Dewey: 303.4; Int Lvl: YA


 


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Overview
From Follett

Overcoming defeatism -- What drives us? -- Some thoughts on strategy -- Bearing witness -- What you will need -- Taking a first step -- Add beauty, and fun -- How does money fit in? -- Make it appealing -- Love helps -- Aim for a peace prize -- Homework. Argues that meaningful change starts with an individual and explains how that individual can be you.

From the Publisher

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE SERIES IS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS IN HIGHLY-PORTABLE PAPERBACKS, FEATURING FRENCH FLAPS AND DECKLE EDGES, THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS "DAMNABLY CUTE." WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE WILL DIRECT YOU TOWARDS A VARIETY OF USEFUL IDEAS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO STIMULATE, PROVOKE, AND CONSOLE.

We all want to live in a better world, but sometimes it feels like we lack the ability to make a difference. Author, broadcaster, and journalist John-Paul Flintoff offers a powerful reminder that through the generations, society has been transformed by the actions of individuals who understood that if they didn't like something, they could change it.

Combining fresh new insights from history and other disciplines, this book will give you a sense of what might just be possible, as well as the inspiration and the courage you need to go about improving and changing the world we live in.


Product Details
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: School of life
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Dewey: 303.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 1-25003-067-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-25003-067-2
  • LCCN: 2012-043267
  • Follett Number: 0635HH9
  • Interest Level: YA

Reviews & Awards
  • Kirkus Reviews, 05/01/13
  • Publishers Weekly, 02/18/13

Full-Text Reviews
Kirkus Reviews (May 1, 2013)
The latest title in the publisher's School of Life series aims to be a guide to social and cultural change. Any guidebook with a title like How to Change the World that is also sized in such a way that it could fit comfortably in a handbag is going to need to make some assumptions about what needs changing and why. Without space to devote to arguing why things should change in certain ways, the remaining text needs to present a "how" that can be adapted for different aims. Journalist Flintoff (Sew Your Own: Man Finds Happiness and Meaning of Life--Making Clothes, 2010, etc.) largely succeeds in that his ideas are divorced from particular ideological goals, for the most part. In general, the author focuses on finding ways to make changes on a personal level--approaches to "being the change you want to see in the world." The strongest writing comes when Flintoff hews to the fine line between starry-eyed idealism and pragmatic, here's-the-five-steps-to-take detailing. His chapter on identifying values is especially thoughtful, providing clear direction on discovering the intersections between which values we derive from the culture and which we can find from within. Occasionally, the author veers over the line into dreaminess; much is made of engaging with the community around you, engaging with neighbors, which suggests an openness to engagement that may not be reciprocated on the other side. All too often, this brand of idealism in activism can come across as nave, but Flintoff's writing grounds that idealism in the idea that changing "the world" can have multiple meanings, each of them equally important. A credible book to inspire even the most cynical among us.

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