Connecting to Change the World
248 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
20 figures
Release Date:15 Sep 2014

Connecting to Change the World

Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact

Island Press

Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations today need to do more and to do better with less. Increasingly, they are adopting a network-centric approach to their work, building networks of like-minded organizations and people that give them better results than any single organization can accomplish. There are, however, few resources that offer straightforward information and advice on how to create and manage social-impact networks. Drawing on the authors’ deep experience in creating successful network projects, Connecting to Change the World provides the frameworks, practical advice, and case studies needed by a new generation of social change agents for creating collaborative solutions to the most difficult challenges society faces.


Peter Plastrik and John Cleveland cofounded the Innovation Network for Communities, a national non-profit that develops and spreads scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. Madeleine Taylor has conducted policy and evaluation research for the public and non-profit sectors since 1987.

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