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“Impact beautifully distills the insights and deep wisdom of one of the world’s great social innovators. Etmanski’s book is far more than a practical guide: it’s an invitation to re-imagine possibilities for our lives and for the world we create.” – David Bornstein, author “How To Change The World”
About the Book
Impact explores the difference between short term success and lasting impact. It’s for those who have wondered why, despite our best efforts, talent and money we have not made as big a dent in our social and environmental challenges as we’d like. As Severin Cullis-Suzuki says in her exquisite Foreword to the book: My question has changed from ‘how can I change the world,’ to ‘why isn’t it working?’
Impact profiles more than 50 Canadians who are achieving lasting social impact, looking past quick wins and surface-level victories, and paying attention to the deeper patterns of change. My hope is that this book will shine a light on the good work Canadians have done, are doing and will do to move the dial, change a paradigm, tip a system and achieve lasting social impact.
“I hope the book becomes a catalyst for appreciating the talent, ingenuity and creativity we have within our midst. And for unifying our efforts. Long may we run. ” – Al Etmanski
About the author: Al Etmanski
Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. He is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. Previously he co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) and Plan Institute with his wife Vickie Cammack and Jack Collins. Al is an Ashoka fellow, a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), and a recent recipient of the Order of Canada. He once played air guitar with Randy Bachman of BTO (Bachman-Turner-Overdrive) in a rock video which convinced him to stick with his day job.