“Social Change 2.0 exhilarates. David Gershon has not just laid out a compelling and coherent blueprint for social change, but the vividly written stories he shares make us realize that what we thought was impossible can actually be achieved. Having been a political leader in Portland for twenty years, where I worked closely with David, I saw firsthand the power of his work to change the lives of thousands of people. He may well be the number one expert on social change in our country.” —Mike Lindberg, former Commissioner of Public Utilities and city council member, City of Portland, Oregon
To bring about the large scale transformations needed for humankind to evolve and enable us to have a viable planet to inhabit, we need leadership schooled in the competencies of transformative social change. With our planet on the line and with such a propitious opening for positive change available to us, this is not the time for change leaders to be foundering. We all need to be playing at our best.
This section provides information about training programs, a free webinar, study circles, videos, and articles to help you develop transformative social change leadership skills.
An introduction to the Social Change 2.0 philosophy and framework
View a short video of David Gershon talking about Social Change 2.0 with Deepak Chopra. Click here.
"There is a gem on every page of this book." – Van Jones
Social Change 2.0 About the Book
Social Change 2.0 Table of Contents
Social Change 2.0 Introduction Reinventing Social Change
Social Change 2.0 Chapter 10Building Leadership Capacity to Change the World: A School for Transformative Social Change
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Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World is a handbook every visionary must read. Jam-packed with effective reality-tested tools and true-life stories, this new tome by David Gershon provides insights from the front lines. In David's case the front lines include working with world leaders like Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbechov, and Li Xiannian as well as the millions of people who have participated in his efforts
September 7, 2010
By Rachel Schaeffer
David Gershon has spent his lifetime achieving not only his dreams, but also supporting and inspiring millions of others to achieve theirs.
Transition as "a laboratory for building transformative social innovations"
By Rob Hopkins
David Gershon‘s book ‘Social Change 2.0′ has been one that quite a few people involved in Transition have found useful and insightful, so I was delighted to be able to have a conversation with him recently. Click here to read.
Social Change 2.0's unique contribution to the "how-to" of transformative social change garnered it four prestigious books awards. The National Best Books Award honors the premier books published that year. The Nautilus Award recognizes books that promote positive social change while stimulating the imagination and offering new possibilities for a better life and a better world. The Living Now Book Award honors books that help readers enrich their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways. And the Axiom Business Book Award celebrates the innovative, intelligent, and creative aspects of the business books that make us think, see, and work differently every day.
The Empowerment Institute Certification Program, led by David Gershon and Gail Straub is a school for transformative social change. It provides participants the design knowledge, skills and tools to further second order change at the personal, organizational, community and societal levels. Each participant specializes in one of the six empowerment tracks and is assisted in developing a successful transformational application. Click here for more information on the certification program.
In this hour-long audio teleseminar, David introduces strategies and tools you can use to change behavior, empower communities and transform large systems. Drawing on his book Social Change 2.0, he describes how you can step up in your ability to make a difference in the world. Click here to listen to the audio recording.
David Gershon offers participants the knowledge to design a transformative change strategy and the leadership skills to implement it. This training is based on David’s three decades as a social architect and practitioner of transformative change. This is not offered as a public training and is customized to the specific needs of the group or organization. To learn more click here.
This training is an introduction to the empowerment methodology taught in the Empowerment Institute Certification Program. It provides the empowerment foundation on which second order change strategies can be built. To learn more click here.
A small group, using the Social Change 2.0 Study Circle Guide applies the book’s strategies to enhance an existing or develop a new social change initiative. The types of groups that could benefit include community-based organizations, local government agencies, social entrepreneurs, funders, corporate social responsibility initiatives, college and high school service learning programs and clubs, and faith-based social action committees.
Social Change 2.0 Study Circle Guide
The Conversation of the Century — David Gershon is interviewed by Barbara Marx Hubbard.
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An interview with David Gershon by Chris Johnstone on the five transformative change strategies from Social Change 2.0.
“David Gershon, a daring social architect, is what an engineer is to a bridge builder. In Social Change 2.0, David puts forth with clarity, brilliance, innovation, and passion a blueprint for sustainable societal transformation. It is a practical, inspirational, and ethical guide to initiate, maintain, and/or reignite the soul of any social movement. This book is an outstanding addi- tion to the world.”—Brian K. Gibbs, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine