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The issues of poverty, inequality, racial justice, and climate change have never been more critical. The current approaches to social change are not helping.
In The Systems Work of Social Change book, Cynthia Rayner and François Bonnici draw on two hundred years of history and stories of committed social change-makers to uncover principles and practices for social change that radically depart from traditional approaches.
Rather than delivering “solutions,” these principles and practices focus on the process of change itself. Through storytelling and analysis, Rayner and Bonnici show that connection, context, and power sit at the heart of the change process, to create social systems that are responsive and representative in a rapidly changing world. Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe is a businesswoman and philanthropist who started her career in medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked in various public hospitals in South Africa as well as at the Medical College of Virginia in the United States.Together with her husband, Dr Patrice Motsepe, she founded the Motsepe Foundation in 1999, and in 2013 they became the first couple from Africa to join The Giving Pledge.
She holds an MBChB and a diploma in child health from Wits, as well as a diploma in women’s health from Stellenbosch University. Dr Moloi-Motsepe authored a resource guide for women across South Africa, The Precious Little Black Book, and has produced the Gender Responsive Budgeting Initiative South Africa.
Her professional associations include the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board and Centre for Public Leadership Council, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, and the Cancer Association of South Africa (past president). Extract
Chapter 2: Complexity, Scale, and Depth
To move away from this straightforward view of social change can feel disorienting. While the “long arc” of social change has become compressed, it can often feel that we are back in the same place that we started, or, worse, that we’ve unleashed unintended negative consequences, leading to even greater problems. Our traditional guideposts for progressive change have been largely tangible: the end of apartheid; winning the vote; the passage of marriage equality; substantial increases in longevity, literacy, and living standards.
Available at OUP or Amazon.