Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism

Steve Davis

"Undercurrents teaches readers and activists how to invest time, talent, voice, and cash to improve the world by detailing six of the largest macrotrends shaping the world today. Those 6 macrotrends are: The world is becoming a diamond (the shift in the distribution of wealth) Communities are the customer Digital technology is a bridge; not a divide The last mile is no longer the hardest (the greatest need and hardest work lies not at the beginning of the journey OR in reaching the goal; it's the path you take to get there) Adaptation and access trump invention Complex partnerships yield the best results The book strives to create a shared understanding of the true shape of the world in the 21st century, supported by data, stories, experiences, and observations to promote well-being across many facets of society.


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Book Information

Publisher: Wiley
Publish Date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 9781119669234
ISBN-10: 1119669235
Language: English

Full Description

Improve your knowledge of the ways global trends shape activism with this insightful volume that will supercharge your impact on communities and organizations

Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism brings the perspective of experienced global social innovation leader, scholar and speaker, Steve Davis, to bear on some of the most powerful and helpful macrotrends rippling through society today.

The book teaches readers how to harness their outrage and capitalize on global trends to instigate and encourage change across the world. The author identifies five global undercurrents with outsized importance that are shaping our world:

  • Global economies are moving away from the old pyramid model into a diamond, bringing powerful new possibilities for human well-being;
  • Communities are becoming the customer - rather than passive beneficiaries - as social change is increasingly led by local voices and activists;
  • Equity is leveling and reshaping the field of social change and activism;
  • Digital disruption, through the power of data and digital tools, impacts almost everything; and
  • The middle of the journey to social change is becoming surprisingly sexy, as we focus on adapting innovation for widespread impact at scale.
The book's lessons are supported throughout by stories, experiences, data and observations from across the globe. Undercurrents is perfect for activists and leaders of all kinds who aim to increase their impact on their organizations and the world at large, as well as the intellectually curious who hope to increase their understanding of the changing world around them.

About the Author

Steve Davis is a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and was former CEO of PATH, a global health innovation non-profit. With degrees from Princeton University, the University of Washington, and Columbia Law School, he formerly served as CEO of Corbis, a digital media pioneer, and as the director of social innovation at McKinsey & Co.,

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