Michael Edwards is an independent writer and activist who is affiliated with the New York-based think-tank Demos, the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. From 1999 to 2008 he was Director of the Ford Foundation’s Governance and Civil Society Program, and previously worked for the World Bank, OxFam, and Save the Children.
This book is easy to read - a nice writing style.
Michael Edwards is brilliant, articulate, and extremely knowledgeable about philanthropy, civil society, and social change, all of which are major themes in this book.
My professional interests have been to understand how elements of business governance practices can be applied to nonprofit boards.
My professional interests have been to understand how elements of business governance practices can be applied to nonprofit boards. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by Eugene Fram
I stumbled upon this book after reading Michael Edwards' newest report on "The Role and Limitations of Philanthropy" published in The Bellagio Initiative (a highly recommended... Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Philo Alto / Asia Value Advisors
An outstanding piece of thinking and writing, and incredibly insightful and compelling. Recommended reading for anyone in the not-for-profit AND for-profit sectors.Published on September 21, 2011 by JG
Michael Edwards book was recommended to me by a colleague and I am so glad that I read it. I have been quietly but insistently disturbed by the buzz in the nonprofit sector about... Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Martin Novom, CFRE
Popular wisdom says that nonprofit entities could achieve reform and efficiency best by acting like for-profits, and that being businesslike is the finest all-purpose path for... Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Rolf Dobelli
What I took away from Edwards' previous book FuturePositive was the very useful list of criteria for the quality of civil society organizations (CSOs): transparency, legitimacy and... Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by ruddyconsult
Michael Edwards' SMALL CHANGE is a true wake-up call for our sector, for the professionals and the donors and the boards. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Simone P. Joyaux
What a great book! For a long time, I've been waiting for a book that was brave enough to take on the cant, hype, hypocrisy and muddled thinking of those who think that business is... Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Ganesh
The "business-is-best" philosophy is powerful and seductive, but it is a dangerous mirage when applied to social change, according to Michael Edwards in this book. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by John Gibbs