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Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change Paperback – April 18, 2006
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In 1987, Anne Firth Murray had the idea that funding should go to grassroots women's organizations around the globe and that the recipients themselves should decide how to use that money. From that idea, The Global Fund for Women was born. The organization became a major force for good in the world, embodying a new paradigm of philanthropy. In these pages, Murray shares her wisdom, offering guidelines that demonstrate how anyone can turn a clear vision of a better world into reality.
"There are many of us around the world who have been personally influenced by the principles and the model that Anne describes. . . . Readers of this book [will] find inspiration in its practical suggestions and clear guidelines for thinking about their own philanthropic work in new ways." - from the foreword by Esther B. Hewlett
"I am grateful that Anne Firth Murray and thousands of women around the world dreamed, struggled, and succeeded in planting the seeds and reaping the harvest of the new paradigm she describes here so compellingly. Her experience and clarity provide an essential text for us all. Either we learn to lead organizations based on human generosity, kindness, and wisdom, or we will descend further into the chaos created when we disown these qualities." - Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time
"Paradigm Found is a must-read for anyone interested in social change and the remarkable history of The Global Fund for Women. Murray's own highly personal and fascinating story is inspirational, instructive, and insightful - the story of an extraordinary woman and an extraordinary life." - Thomas C. Layton, president, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
"Few people in our world feel deeply enough to act on the gender and equity gaps they encounter. When they do, the power of their conviction and unrestrained commitment creates magic. This much-awaited book is more needed than ever in our world today. By sharing her courage, experience, and wisdom, Anne gives readers the opportunity to dream and she demonstrates that we are all offered the possibility to contribute to positive change. I salute this book as I do Anne's work. Paradigm Found is an invaluable reference for any and all who dare to walk their paths to fruition."- Rita Thapa, founder of Tewa and founding president of Nagarik Aawaz "Anne Firth Murray's honest and valuable advice has inspired and encouraged us since the very first month of FACE AIDS, and we are happy to find that same wisdom right here for everyone to read. Her insight is invaluable - it could help anyone build a successful organization. Her story of transforming her idea into the largest foundation in the world focused exclusively on women's empowerment will give you faith in your ability to make an impact on the world." - Lauren Young, Katie Bollbach, and Jonny Dorsey, founders of FACE AIDS
"In Paradigm Found, Anne Firth Murray describes how strong vision, fierce resolve and leadership humility combine gracefully to create a unique laboratory for historic social change. We at Global Greengrants Fund are indebted to Anne and her colleagues for enabling us to better understand some of what distinguishes successful social movements and how financial resources help and sometimes hurt." - Chet Tchozewski, founder and executive director of the Global Greengrants Fund
" I learned new things about her, about the nuts and bolts of building an organization from scratch, about enrolling others in a grand adventure, and about savoring as well as saving the world. With great gratitude to Anne and to Paradigm Found, I look forward with new eyes and fresh energy to the adventures of my own life." - Barbara Waugh, PhD, director, University Relations, Hewlett-Packard Company
"Do you read the newspapers with mounting despair that makes you want to go back to bed? This is a book to give you back your get up and go. Anne Firth Murray offers hope and practical suggestions for those of us who believe that the world deserves a better future and that, in Gandhi's words, 'we must be the change we wish to see in it.' In telling the tale of one very special organization, Anne provides lively advice and wise insights on the challenges, joys, and rewards of being a social entrepreneur in modern times." - Kavita Nandini Ramdas, president and CEO, The Global Fund for Women
"Anne Firth Murray has given us a wonderfully readable look into her own personal journey to establish what has become the lighthouse funding organization for women's rights and justice around the world, the Global Fund for Women. More importantly, she offers a compelling challenge to mainstream organizational and management theory and provides the reader with a concrete example of how to structure and operate an organization ' the way [she] wanted the world to be: friendly, modest, diverse, honest, respectful, loving, fair, efficient, and effective.'" - Christopher Harris, senior program officer, Ford Foundation
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Paradigm Found, Learning and Managing for Positive Change, New World Library was published several months ago and is an account of her experience starting The Global Fund for Women in 1987. Anne's vision for The Global Fund was to transform the world through empowering women. Her original goal was to raise and give away 10 million dollars by 2000 and by 1996 she had raised enough money to give away more than 1000 grants totaling more than 6 million USD in more than 100 countries.
Anne is a New Zealander by birth but attended universities in the United States. She worked as a writer at the United Nations; she taught in Hong Kong and Singapore and was an editor with Oxford, Yale and Stanford University presses. Then she discovered the world of philanthropy and has been involved in it for the past 25 years. From 1978 to the end of 1987, she directed the environment and international population program for the Hewlett foundation in California but found herself asking why aren't women singled out for aid?
Women comprise more than 51% of the world's population. "Women worldwide do almost all of the world's domestic work, yet we seldom receive income for the time and effort this work entails. Women provide more healthcare than all the organized health care services, and yet many women lack equal access to health care for themselves. Women grow more than half of the world's food, yet we own only 1% of the world's land.Read more ›
It satisfies those who love good autobiographies and inspirational stories. And it also satisfies those who seek to learn about how one builds a strong organization from the roots up, from meaningful ideals to meaningful change. For me, this book was rejuvenating and energizing to read. It gave me new ideas and has inspired me all over again. I would think that each new reader who flips through its pages will experience similar self-reflection and inspiration in her or his own way.
This is a treasure of a book. I think it is a great book for all to read--young and old, women and men, and people working in all capacities. Students and young people are who starting out in pursuit of careers in human rights or in non-profit work will benefit in particular from the inspirational guidance that this book offers.
I do however have a few complaints to add to the praise: My first complaint is that while there is a lot of discussion of the principles, there aren't enough concrete examples of how exactly these were put into place or what exactly some of them mean when put into action. I also found one contradicting point in the philosophy: The guiding principle is "no hierarchy"... yet it seems the organization very much follows a hierarchy with Anne at the top. But to her credit, she does try to create an atmosphere of equals, although I wonder how much of this is a dream and how much reflects reality... to be a bit of a critic.
This book is packed with a multitude of tips and recommendations for people who intend to create their own organization. The ones that I find the most inspiring are: Learn! Listen!
I found Paradigm Found a page-turner. I couldn't put it down, and not because it is a thriller, but because of the authentic and clear voice in which this story is told. I continue to go back to it to find inspiration and I continue to recommend reading it to anyone interested in how to make a dream come true.
She discusses many different aspects of positive leadership throughout the text including leading by inclusion, self realization and actualization, the importance of communication, developing and staying true to your mission, effective succession planning, and knowing when to pass the torch. One of her statements that stuck most with me is the way she described the path of leadership as spending the first 30 years of life gathering knowledge and clarifying beliefs, the second 30 years of life applying that knowledge to make the world a better place, and the next years still learning and supporting others by sharing experience and knowledge.
Though her sentiment for change is urgent, her words stress the value of thorough introspection, discussion, and inclusive collaboration. To her, our new paradigm is lead by respect, compassion, and connection.
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This book is terrific and continues to be so helpful to me in my own endeavor. I found so many parallels in our life experiences, and with me just starting my own nonprofit... Read morePublished on April 30, 2008 by Meg Styles
On one level, Paradigm Found (great title) is a how-to book for those with interest in organizing for global social justice through small NGOs. Read morePublished on July 11, 2007 by D. Rogow
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