Praise 2018-05-22T10:07:12+00:00

See What Customers Are Saying About How Change Happens:

   Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of The Membership Economy

May 19, 2018
Format: Hardcover

This is a really important book. We need to make a lot of big changes right now, and Crutchfield provides a blueprint for creating social movements using everything from grassroots organization,targeted state-by-state activity, policy reform, behavioral change, and collaboration with wide-ranging and non-traditional partners.

As an expert on membership models, I am fascinated by Crutchfield’s analysis on how societal transformation happens in the “Network Era” of the 21st century. Relationships, causes and open connections are much more powerful than the organizational structure and centralized power.

It’s obvious that a tremendous depth of research and analysis has gone into this book, and yet it’s still an easy and engaging read, full of case studies and anecdotes to bring key ideas to life in memorable ways.

I read this book cover-to-cover the day I received it (one day delivery–thank you Amazon!)

   Victoria Vrana

May 18, 2018
Format: Hardcover

Crutchfield’s book is a must-read for anyone who has led, belonged to, is starting, or funds a movement. Or anyone who is just trying to figure out how to change the status quo! The book combines significant research with storytelling and practical guidance for making movements succeed and not fizzle out in a flash of viral nanoseconds. Crutchfield builds off of her own years of experience in the field leading social change and her previous work rigorously uncovering the best practices of the highest performing nonprofits and philanthropists. How Change Happens takes those analyses to another level, demonstrating the power of collective. It’s a critical guidebook for our times.

 Pattie Yu

May 21, 2018
Format: Hardcover

Leslie Crutchfield’s new book serves as a solid guide for future changemakers by getting to the heart of how successful movements create lasting change. A combination of ingredients from “leaderfull” leadership and mining for “grassroots gold” are just two of the important insights she uncovers that most winning movements need to achieve their goals. The next gen is chomping at the bit to make this world a better place — a good place to start is with this easy-to-read book that documents changing the narrative on so many social justice and health platforms. It will inspire all of us to do better by doing good

Here is what advance reviewers are saying:

“Leslie Crutchfield is one of the most incisive and impactful thinkers in the social sectors … with a distinctive flair for bringing forth practical answers to audacious questions. Now, Crutchfield deploys her intellect, insight, and wisdom to address one of the most fascinating questions of our young century.” – Jim Collins, author, Good to Great and Good to Great and the Social Sectors, co-author, Built to Last

On today’s big challenges, we need to do more than make noise; we need to create lasting change. This book is a must-read for change-makers who care about impact for people and the planet.” – Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, United Nations Foundation

“Fueled by social media and a 24-hour news cycle, cultural change seems to be happening faster than at any point in history. In her invaluable guide for making sense of that change, Crutchfield engagingly tracks the social underpinnings that contributed to the simultaneous rise of the #BlackLivesMatter and Birther movements. How Change Happens is essential for decoding the blur of seemingly conflicting social phenomena.” – Marc Morial, President of National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans

It’s tempting to assume that historic steps forward are inevitable. But the factors that drive progress are complex. Crutchfield provides a timely examination of the stories behind important cultural shifts of our day, offering a helpful playbook for anyone interested in solving problems that result in new and lasting norms.” – Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing Director, Social Innovation, Emerson Collective

“Millennials and next-gen activists care deeply about social justice. This book arms us with proven tools and fresh ideas to build leaderful grassroots movements, building on the work of Ella Baker and other great civil rights leaders of the generations who fought before us and paved the way….” – Zach Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center on Human Rights

“This is an important book, and it comes at an important time. There’s no real recipe for social change, no ‘movement in a box’ that we can put in place to create a more equitable, just society. But Crutchfield … shows us how we can make change happen.” – Bill Novelli, founding President and current Board Chair, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

“[This book] makes it clear that business can no longer sit on the sidelines of social issues. Whether we like it or not (and some of us like it!), we are all part of the equation for change.” – Seth Goldman, co-founder Honest Tea, Executive Chair, Beyond Meat

“Competitive advantage these days is increasingly linked to a company’s impact on social issues.  This means corporate leaders need to understand how social change happens – and this book offers a well-researched guide to help companies create shared value and simultaneously deliver returns for shareholders and society.”– Mark Kramer, Co-Founder and Managing Director, FSG Social Impact Consultants

 “In a world where so many strive for big, lasting social change, too few sit down to understand how change actually happens. This book provides a much needed compass for aspiring world-changers — from individual systems-changing social entrepreneurs, to collaborative, cross-sector collective impact efforts everywhere.” – John Kania, Global Managing Director of FSG and co-author of “Collective Impact” in Stanford Social Innovation Review

“Picking up where Forces for Good left off—and incorporating insights from the last turbulent decade of social change—How Change Happens is an enlightening, inspiring, and entertaining read. Learn how the best social movements have achieved lasting impact: by catalyzing networks; engaging the grassroots; changing hearts, minds and policies; working with unlikely bedfellows; and inspiring distributed leadership. This book is a real contribution to the social impact canon, and a must-read for anyone seeking to change the world.” – Heather McLeod Grant, Co-Founder, Open Impact and Co-author of Forces for Good

Praise for Leslie Crutchfield’s Other Books:

Forces for Good:

“Top 10 Business Book of the Year…a serious piece of research”The Economist

“Global problems like abject poverty require innovative, scalable solutions. We have so much to learn from these six practices because they’re what lead to wide-scale social change”Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

“Inspired and inspiring, this book can change the way the world works by changing how leaders thing. Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant have made a significant contribution with a Very Big Idea: the shift in focus from building an organization to building a movement.”Jim Collins, author, Good to Great; co-author, Build to Last.

Do More than Give:

“Do More Than Give is a game changer for thinking about the role and impact of philanthropy in the twenty-first century. Its focus on leveraging the intellectual talents, time, treasure, and networks of donors to support public policy advocacy and systems change is long overdue. This is the 2.0 version for understanding the future direction of philanthropic engagement.”Emmett D. Carson, CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

“This book will stretch philanthropists’ minds, and hopefully their strategies as well. Among other things, the authors persuasively demonstrate the importance of advocacy in achieving significant social chance, and they elucidate the role of evaluation as a method for learning and improving the work of both funders and their grantees.”Paul Brest, president, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy.