1st Edition

Perspectives on Impact Leading Voices On Making Systemic Change in the Twenty-First Century

Edited By Nina Montgomery Copyright 2019
    256 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Perspectives on Impact brings together leaders from across sectors to reflect on our approaches to social change. Sharing diverse examples from their work, these authors show how we must think more systemically and work more collaboratively to move the needle on the biggest social, humanitarian, and environmental challenges facing our world.

    Chapters by:

    Niko Canner, Shanti Nayak, and Cynthia Warner (Incandescent)

    Duncan Green (OxFam)

    Farah Ramzan Golant (Girl Effect, kyu)

    Sara Holoubek (Luminary Labs)

    Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab)

    Leila Janah (Samasource, LXMI, Samaschool)

    Amirah Jiwa

    George Kronnisanyon Werner (Republic of Liberia)

    Chris Larkin (IDEO.org)

    Eric Maltzer (Medora Ventures, Middlebury College)

    Jane Nelson (Harvard Kennedy School)

    Craig Nevill-Manning and Prem Ramaswami (Sidewalk Labs)

    Jacqueline Novogratz (Acumen)

    Deena Shakir (GV, formerly Google Ventures)

    Jose Miguel Sokoloff (MullenLowe Group)

    Lara Stein (TEDx, Women's March Global)

    Piyush Tantia (ideas42)

    Fay Twersky (William & Flora Hewlett Foundation)

    Sherrie Rollins Westin and Shari Rosenfeld (Sesame Workshop)

    Perspectives on Impact and its sister book, Perspectives on Purpose, bring together leading voices from across sectors to discuss how we must adapt our organizations for the twenty-first century world. Perspectives on Impact focuses on the recalibration of social impact approaches to tackle complex humanitarian, social, and environmental challenges; Perspectives on Purpose looks at the shifting role of the corporation in society through the lens of purpose.  

    Dedication, Acknowledgements, List of Figures and Tables, Note on Contributors, Introduction
    Nina Montgomery, I. Framing Thoughts on Systemic Change-Making, Thinking in Systems Changes Everything, Duncan Green, Head of Research, OxFam Great Britain, Shaping Strategy to Change Systems, Niko Canner, Shanti Nayak, and Cynthia Warner, Incandescent, Toward Collective Action: Collaborative Leadership to Change Systems, Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Harvard Kennedy School, Measuring for Insight: A New Paradigm for Measurement in the Social Sector , Fay Twersky, Director, Effective Philanthropy, Hewlett Foundation, ‘Antidisciplinary’ and the Practice of Change, Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab, II. Disciplinary Approaches to Social Impact, Design for Impact: bringing empathy and creativity to social change, Chris Larkin, Director of Impact, IDEO.org, Product Development for Impact: From Creating Valuable Companies to Creating Value for Society, Craig Nevil-Manning, Head of Engineering & Prem Ramaswami, Head of Product, Sidewalk Labs, Behavioral Science for Impact: The New Science of Designing for Humans, Piyush Tantia, Chief Innovation Officer, ideas42, Innovation for Impact: Designing Prize Competitions for Outcome , Sara Holoubek, CEO, Luminary Labs, Technology for Impact, Deena Shakir, Partner, Google Ventures, Communities for Impact: Harnessing the Crowd to Create a World We All Can Live In, Lara Stein, Founder, TEDx & Executive Director, Women’s March Global, Brands for Impact: Harnessing the Power of Private Sector Brand-Building to Empower Girls Across the Globe, Farah Ramzan Golant, Former CEO, Girl Effect, Media for Impact: The Power of Media and Muppets Around the World, Sherrie Rollins Westin, President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop & Shari Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President, International Social Impact, Sesame Workshop, Advertising for Impact: How Christmas Lights Helped End a War, Jose Miguel Sokoloff, Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe Group, Public Policy for Impact: Building Programs and Partnerships for the Common Good, George Kronnisanyon Werner, Former Minister of Education, Republic of Liberia, Investing for impact: A Simple Primer on How Money can Serve Values, Eric Maltzer, Director, Medora Ventures & Adjunct Professor of Finance, Middlebury College, Social Enterprise for Impact: Rethinking Old Models of Charity and Business, Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource, LXMI, and Samaschool, Conclusion, Jaqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen, and leading young voices, Chapter Notes, Further Reading, Index


    Margarita (‘Nina’) S. Montgomery is an archaeologist-turned-strategist currently working at IDEO. A PhD candidate at Oxford, she holds a fellowship at TRIPTK and has spoken on organizations and society at Harvard Business School and Oxford’s Saïd Business School, among others. Nina received a BA in Classics from Dartmouth and a master’s in Classical Archaeology from Oxford as a Reynolds Scholar.

    "We are witnessing a moment of revolution when it comes to how we think about and address inequality. This timely book documents how social impact leaders are challenging institutional norms and developing new approaches that acknowledge all people's capacity to solve the human problems we face as a civilization." - Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder at Grameen Bank

    "An excellent compilation of diverse and insightful perspectives from top leaders in the field on how to magnify our social impact. This book will be valuable to anyone who seeks to move beyond bandaids to drive lasting systemic change." - Ann Mei Chang, former Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and author of Lean Impact

    "The problems of today and tomorrow demand collective action and creative solutions. The first step in developing the necessary culture of community-based problem-solving is to convene diverse leaders from industry and academia whose imagination and experience help us see with new, more inclusive eyes. The Perspectives book series, and especially the volumes on Impact and Purpose, does just that by amplifying the voices of underrepresented thought innovators whose perspective is vital to the future success, stability, and security of our society." - Dan Porterfield, President and CEO at the Aspen Institute

    "The humanitarian, environmental, and social challenges we face today cut across the boundaries of traditional organizations. No one organization, or even sector, can solve these challenges alone. From Sesame Workshop's work with refugees in Syria to Women's March Global's advancement of equality around the world, this book's diverse case studies show how cross-sectoral leaders are thinking more systemically and working more collaboratively to create a more open, just, and habitable world." -  Jeremy Heimans, Co-Founder and CEO at Purpose and author of New Power

    "At a time when the world is creating endless societal challenges, Perspectives on Impact provides critical real world context on how a number of leaders and their organizations have accelerated systems change and created lasting impact. With clear examples and lessons learned, it is a timely compendium of the 'road maps' others have taken to make a difference in the world." - Jim Bildner, CEO at Draper, Richards, Kaplan Foundation

    "We are all born systems thinkers, but many of us have had this way of seeing trained out of us during the course of our educational and professional lives. Thank goodness books like Perspectives on Impact are successfully reintroducing a systems orientation - the most viable path for mankind in collectively overcoming today's most daunting social and environmental problems." - John Kania, Managing Director at FSG, Executive in Residence at New Profit, and co-author of recent Stanford Social Innovation Review articles: Collective Impact and The Dawn of System Leadership

    "We live in a time when the smartest investments we can make are in saving nature and in building our human capacities to act together. Perspectives on Impact synthesizes critical lessons on how to change systems for the better, and shares case studies that break new ground. The chapters in this collection each illustrate important aspects of how we can preserve our heritage and shape our future." - Mark Tercek, CEO at The Nature Conservatory