Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed

Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed


By (author) Frances Westley, By (author) Brenda Zimmerman, By (author) Dr Michael Quinn Patton

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 226mm x 20mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 067931444X
  • ISBN 13: 9780679314448
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 64,858

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Getting to Maybe applies the insights of complexity theory and harvests the experiences of a wide range of people and organizations - including the ministers behind the Boston Miracle (and itsaftermath); the Grameen Bank, in which one man's dream of micro-credit sparked a financial revolution for the world's poor; the efforts of a Canadian clothing designer to help transform the lives of aboriginal women and children; and many more - to lay out a brand new way of thinking about making change in communities, in business, and in the world.

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Author information

Frances Westley has published widely in the areas of strategic change and visionary leadership, and led the Dupont Canada--fostered think-tank on social innovation, based at McGill University's Desautel Faculty of Management, where many of the ideas for this book were developed. Brenda Zimmerman, a professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University, has been studying and writing about how complexity theory applies to organizations for twenty years. Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development consultant and has written five major books on the art and science of program evaluation. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"Getting to Maybe addresses making big, significant change actually happen. It is thoughtful, insightful, sobering and inspirational. The ideas articulated are new and practical. Anyone from the business, government or not-for-profit world who wants to understand change better, and change the way things are, should read this book." --Courtney Pratt, chairman of Stelco