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Jonathan Peizer has spent two decades implementing successful technology and social change initiatives in over seventy-five countries. He created and directed the Internet program for George Soros?s foundation.
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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595372740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595372744
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Fruchterman on May 10, 2006
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As a long-term leader in the field of social applications of information technology, I want to strongly recommend Jonathan Peizer's new book, THE DYNAMICS OF TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE. IT in the social sector is exploding, and yet many projects are not as successful as they could be. Jonathan has incredible learning and perspective to share from being at the center of this field over the last 15 years through his vantage point at George Soros' Open Society Institute.

This book is especially useful for practitioners. Quite often, we bumble about trying to find the best way to make things happen. It's rare to find writings that immediately speak to your experiences, but from a more thoughtful and analytical viewpoint. It often explains why certain initiatives failed and others succeeded. I had that kind of "aha!" moment when I first read some of Jonathan's essays years ago, and this book is a platform for expanding on these crucial topics.

The best example of these insights is the "Trusted Source Relationship" concept. In the book, JP explains why traditional marketing and sales have limited effectiveness in the social sector, and why trust is the most critical asset in effective technology implementations. However, the book is full of practical and realistic observations and recommendations. If you are planning on using IT to save the world, reading this book will greatly enhance your odds of success!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katerin Berg on May 3, 2006
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My work was helped by the lessons this book taught me. It helped me better appreciate the issues around working with IT for social good. Actually, it was kind of like deja vu.... I manage a corporate social responsibility program and the book described very similar issues I had been having with nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate partners I was trying to cooperate with. It really helped me understand their perspective better, placing me in their shoes. Fortunately, the book didn't just describe the problems, but offered strategies to resolve them too. If you work with technology to solve social issues, this book is an important read. It helped me at least, anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Baldwin on March 14, 2006
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Mr. Peizer's years of experience with both technology and philanthropy have offered up enough expasperation to guarantee his enlightement.

Do NOT try and save the world with technology until you have finished this book.

Greg Baldwin

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