Change the World presents eight principles that each of us can follow to make individual and organizational change happen: envision the productive community; first look within; embrace the hypocritical self; transcend fear; embody a vision of the common good; disturb the system; surrender to the emergent process; and entice through moral power. These are principles inspired by the teachings of Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.–– three historical leaders who successfully used personal change to change the world.
Quinn introduces each principle with inspiring quotations from those three leaders. He then uses stories from everyday life to demonstrate how ordinary people can learn to apply themselves in extraordinary ways. Every thought–provoking chapter is imbued with ideas and information that can help us step out of our old roles, approach the world with a sense of enlightenment and adventure, and live a more empowered and empowering life.
Faced with the complexities of today′s world, it′s all too easy to view ourselves as passive observers or powerless victims. We want to change our realities, but lack the motivation to do so. Change the World shows us how to use personal transformation to positively impact our families, organizations, businesses, and the world at large.
1. An Invitation to Transformation
2. Envision the Productive Community
3. First Look Within
4. Embrace the Hypocritical Self
5. Transcend Fear
6. Embody a Vision of the Common Good
7. Disturb the System
8. Surrender to the Emergent Process
9. Entice Through Moral Power
"With humility and a heart so clear that his inspiring message can be internalized, Robert Quinn has written the decade′s finest book on change management. It calls you and me–as ordinary people–to embrace greatness. It asks us to be fully alive. It brings us, simultaneously, to our knees and then to our profound power to change the world." ––David L. Cooperrider, professor, Case Western Reserve University, and author, Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change
"Bold and brilliant, this book is a masterpiece for anyone who truly wants to achieve extraordinary results in their life. It dispels the traditional myths of leadership and reveals the truth about making a difference in this world." ––Richard J. DeVries, community president, Citizens Bank
"This is a remarkable book. Faithful to its audacious title, it explores both ′change′ and ′the world′ in ways that engage us on every level of our lives." ––Parker J. Palmer, author Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach