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Changemakers

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How Leaders Can Design Change in an Insanely Complex World

By Maria Giudice & Christopher Ireland

Published: January 2023
Paperback: 272 pages
Paperback ISBN: 978-1959029-14-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-1959029-19-9

Today’s radically complex problems require people to lead with design. Changemakers is an essential playbook for designers and nondesigners who want to drive change at work, at home, and in their communities. Groundbreaking designers Maria Giudice and Christopher Ireland—armed with insights from some of today’s top minds in business, tech, and social justice—offer a pragmatic, people-centered approach to change.

Who Should Read This Book?

Changemakers can be designers, leaders, CEOs, tech people, project managers, product people—virtually anyone who wants to embrace and address change. This book will show them how to do it by clearly defining, studying, and addressing change as a design problem to be solved.

Takeaways

  • A new approach to change is emerging, and design is at the forefront of responding and provoking change.
  • Purpose and passion are essential changemaker qualities.
  • Change involves choosing the right problem and finding an entity open to change.
  • This book will be your guide for creating and maintaining change in your organization—for you, your team, and your stakeholders.
  • Leaders can design change and affect the world—this book will show them how to become that kind of leader.
  • Each chapter has critical takeaways at the end of the chapter, summarizing important points.
  • Each chapter gives the reader a list of extra sources to gain further knowledge.

Today’s radically complex problems require people to lead with design. Changemakers is an essential playbook for designers and nondesigners who want to drive change at work, at home, and in their communities. Groundbreaking designers Maria Giudice and Christopher Ireland—armed with insights from some of today’s top minds in business, tech, and social justice—offer a pragmatic, people-centered approach to change.

Who Should Read This Book?

Changemakers can be designers, leaders, CEOs, tech people, project managers, product people—virtually anyone who wants to embrace and address change. This book will show them how to do it by clearly defining, studying, and addressing change as a design problem to be solved.

Takeaways

  • A new approach to change is emerging, and design is at the forefront of responding and provoking change.
  • Purpose and passion are essential changemaker qualities.
  • Change involves choosing the right problem and finding an entity open to change.
  • This book will be your guide for creating and maintaining change in your organization—for you, your team, and your stakeholders.
  • Leaders can design change and affect the world—this book will show them how to become that kind of leader.
  • Each chapter has critical takeaways at the end of the chapter, summarizing important points.
  • Each chapter gives the reader a list of extra sources to gain further knowledge.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kat Holmes
Chapter 1: The Imperfect Future
Chapter 2: Becoming a Changemaker
Chapter 3: Finding a Fit
Chapter 4: Foundations of Success
Chapter 5: Co-Creating Change
Chapter 6: Following a Map
Chapter 7: Shaping the Narrative
Chapter 8: Building Support
Chapter 9: Discover What’s Possible
Chapter 10: Envisioning the Outcome
Chapter 11: Learning What Works
Chapter 12: When Things Go Wrong
Chapter 13: When Things Go Right
Chapter 14: Evolving by Design

Sample Chapter

This is a sample chapter from Maria Giudice and Christopher Ireland’s book Changemakers: How Leaders Can Design Change in an Insanely Complex World. 2023, Rosenfeld Media.

Chapter 1: The Imperfect Future

When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, the concept of progress was almost universally popular. Few people protested the arrival of new vaccines, faster food, advanced appliances, or more powerful cars. The envisioned future had its own neighborhood in Disneyland and popular television shows imagined even more transformations on the horizon.

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