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Can't Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive that Changes Our World Hardcover – August 3, 2015
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With so many social challenges facing our world, trying to effect change feels daunting. The problems are complex, the politics murky, and the players innumerable. Yet, every day there are regular heroes making a significant impact on our most intractable social issues. They are not famous like Bono or Bill Gates. But a common urge drives them.
Can't Not Do is a catchphrase for the urge that captures the heart of effective social change agentsexplaining, in their own words, their passion and drive: "I can't not do this." "It's not that I can do this, it's that I can't not." "I could not imagine not doing something about this issue." And, it reveals our current situation's urgency. The surprising truth from the trenches is: we already have numerous proven solutions for our many social challenges; what our world needs most, and what most changes our children's future, are more people prepared and committed to act on their social impulses for the long haul. Innovation helps. Money helps, too. But greater numbers of committed people help the most.
If you feel an internal, persistent call to do more for the world, Can't Not Do will help you to bridge the gap between "wanting to do" and "doing"to access the drive of an effective change agent, to break through self-imposed barriers, to learn key principles for success, and to start seeing yourself acting as a change agent.
There is no "secret sauce" someone is born with and no special club needed to be successful at social change. Rather, successful change agents share some fundamental orientations to the world and to their committed cause and, over time, learn certain lessons that help them become more effective.
These lessons are reflected in Can't Not Do in seven seemingly simple questions that provide guideposts and unlock the reader's potential to make a difference for a social cause they care about. The seven questions also help the reader to discern how he or she can make the greatest impactwhether that's a large commitment such as starting or working for a social venture or a small but consistent one such as volunteering skills and know-how a few hours per month to a cause.
This isn't a self-help book. It's an inspiring narrative intertwined with a "street-readiness" dialogue, between the author and you, between you and your inner aspirations. These are authentic success stories, vital questions, and unconventional answers that can guide and inspire you to realize your greatest potential.
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DISCOVER THE KEY DRIVERS THAT WILL MAKE YOU A MORE EFFECTIVE FORCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE!
"This is a vital, generous, urgent book, a call to arms, a step-by-step look at how you (really, you) can make a significant difference. I gulped it in one sitting."
Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
"If Paul Shoemaker is right, and I think he is, then the greatest positive changes in our communities, organizations, and indeed the world have come about because someone said, 'I can't not do something about this.' This book will inspire you to find your 'can't not do'and do it."
Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
"Can't Not Do brilliantly captures our deeply human desire to live a life of significance, a life that somehow makes a real difference in the world. Astonishing stories of regular people, street smart insights and passionate authenticity highlight how each of usin our own waycan drive social impact. This book is optimistic, engaging and action oriented; it is a real treasure."
Tom Tierney, author of Give Smart and co-founder of Bridgespan, Board Chair of EBay Corp.
"Paul Shoemaker has been a force for mobilizing people who want to do good in ways big and small. Through stories of people who make amazing things happen, Can't Not Do continues to push ripples of the possible."
Jacqueline Novogratz, author of The Blue Sweater and CEO of Acumen
Can't Not Do is a hands-on guide for anyone who has the burning desire to make a difference in the world. This vital resource is filled with the real-life stories and hard-earned lessons from some of our most dynamic and successful change agents.
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A heavy theme that runs throughout this book is the critical importance of connection. "What we need most is more human and social capital. Simply put, more people committed for the long-term to making a change. We need more people in the game, committing to that one cause, that one challenge where they feel they can make a real dent." That, in a nutshell, is what this book is about: getting more people in the game.
Shoemaker was the recent "Executive Connector" for Social Venture Partners in Seattle, a world leader in a new type of philanthropy that focuses on deep engagement with causes as a way to generate real impact. The lessons drawn in this book highlight what it takes to survive and thrive in this full contact form of philanthropy.
Chapter Four, in particular, includes some great advice for would-be philanthropists about some of the more subtle aspects of giving away money. I wish more philanthropists would understand what Shoemaker is talking about here.
What's interesting about the book though is that it doesn't appear to have been written just for philanthropists, but for anyone interested in making a life change to focus more on giving back and actually changing the world. This is, in that sense, a leadership book - a book about learning how to apply your social capital, your listening skills, your humility, your drive and passion in making a real difference.
-There are solutions already for a lot of problems but the people to spread it are lacking. (You don't need to invent something entirely new, though you can)
-You don't have to move to a third world country, and you don't have to rearrange your whole life. You can reprioritize to make room.
-You are no less committed than the person that moves to another country.
-You don't have to change the whole world, you can just change your neighborhood, your school, etc
-It doesn't have to be a social issue like the environment, it can be something like leadership skills etc everyone is a piece of the puzzle.
-You don't have to care about everything. Just pick one thing and commit.
-To some people it takes years to figure it out, to others its an epiphany. Both are great!
-You must inspire others because you ALONE can't do it, it takes community.
-Think of it as a puzzle, not a problem, and BELIEVE its possible to solve.
That's just the first chapter. <3 This book is for anyone that wants to contribute to a higher purpose. It can be a nonprofit, social entrepreneur, whatever. Even something more simple. It's for the person that stays up at night thinking about what to do to help the world, or even a smaller issue or small location, in some way. It's inspiring and I love the way I relate to these people in the stories. I'm constantly like, "hey! I feel the same way! I thought I was the only one!" I'm highly sensitive and restless when it comes to issues and I felt burdened with all the injustices and torn from all the things wrong with the world. In the first chapter alone I figured out that "one" cause I can commit to long term and I feel so relieved there are other people that think and feel the way I do.<3
I got this book yesterday and could not put it down. You can tell how much I enjoy a book by how many sentences or paragraphs I highlight and this book is full of yellow highlighted passages! The pages burst with wisdom, practical tips, inspiring stories and enthusiasm for a subject that Paul not only knows but lives day-to-day. Paul writes not to tell but to guide and motivate and it comes from a place of true authentic passion to galvanize armies of "determined optimists," who are "willing to go to hard places," who are "ready to be humble and humbled," willing to "actively listen" to tackle our social challenges and to change the world. This book will help you begin a journey of self-discovery and challenge you to think more deeply about who you are and what impact you can have in your community or across the world. It starts with answering Paul's 7 questions and then stepping out--sometimes to failure and sometimes to success--into a messy world that desperately needs people to care, to connect, to lead, to follow, to work in difficult situations (and sometimes with difficult people) and persevere until the problem is solved or at least progress is made. Accepting Paul's challenge will not only change the world, it will change you as well.