What is How To change the world
Shortlisted for The Transmission Prize 2013
The self-help book has become a bit of a joke. But for 2,000 years and more it stood at the pinnacle of literary achievement. Now The School of Life has launched a series of guides for everyday living, written by (they say) some of the leading minds in the field.
My own contribution, How To Change The World, will help to identify what is most important to you (not me!), and ways to overcome the obstacles that might hold you back. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a lot of the questions.
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What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
That is one of the questions I ask in my new book, How To Change The World, and to judge by the feedback I’ve had already, it seems to really get peopleâ€¦
How can I, one individual in a world of billions, hope to change anything?
There are many reasons why this kind of defeatist question comes so easily to us. They include the way we have been broughtâ€¦
“Acquire a habit of fearlessness”
Chris Johnstone, in his work with addicts and alcoholics, encourages them to draw maps of their support network.
We might all usefully do the same. To begin, write your name in the middle of a piece ofâ€¦
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I was mad keen for everybody in Britain to start growing food, as I had done (I still do). But how to start that? Not, I suspected, by delivering hectoring speeches.
How to Change The World
Si tuvieras la oportunidad, cambiaras el mundo? Claro que si. Hay muchas cosas que harias ahora mismo si tuvieras una varita magica, porque, al fin y al cabo, el mundo necesita mejorar desesperadamentâ€¦
How to change the world, in Greek
I’m so pleased, and excited, to have my book published in the US because it contains so much material about north Americans who have done remarkable, world-changing things, including (but not only): Gâ€¦
Now available in Iran
Wenn Sie die MoÌˆglichkeit haÌˆtten, wuÌˆrden Sie dann die Welt veraÌˆndern? NatuÌˆrlich wuÌˆrden Sie das! Es gibt viele Dinge, die Sie sofort aÌˆndern wuÌˆrden, wenn Sie einen Zauberstab in die Hand gedruÌˆckâ€¦
When you write a book, you want people to read it. Obviously. Not necessarily buy it – they could also borrow it at a library – but after you’ve gone to the trouble of writing something, you want peopâ€¦
How to Change the World : Reviews
What people say
“Flintoff hews to the fine line between starry-eyed idealism and pragmatic, hereâ€™s-the-five-steps-to-take detailing. His chapter on identifying values is especially thoughtful” – Kirkus Review
<a href="https://twitter.com/jpflintoff">jpflintoff</a> thanks very much. I've read you book. Twice!</p>— Charlie Condou (Charliecondou) November 19, 2011
“Absolutely fantastic” – Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company”
“Flintoff is a master at turning your smallness into something giant and the worldâ€™s enormity into Lego blocks… This changing the world stuff can feel awfully fluffy, but Flintoff, perhaps more than anyone else out there, brings it down to earth” – Cameron Conaway, The Good Men Project
“I don’t know how he managed to avoid the usual cliches. Well worth a read” – Rachel Botsman, author of What’s Mine Is Yours
Seriously THE best book I've ever read!! It's inspiring, motivational & brilliant
jpflintoff</a> <a href="http://t.co/72ldpbPc7F">pic.twitter.com/72ldpbPc7F</a></p>— Kerryn Ellis (raunchykerryn) January 6, 2014
“A little book of wisdom… Flintoff does a wonderful job explaining that no idea is too small, and if you can make an impact on your peers or a small community, it can expand beyond anything you imagined. Get to work!” – Jasmine Henderson, The Culture LP
“Packed with ways to transform stagnation into inspiration. What are you waiting for?” – Dayton Daily News
“A potential mini-epihany on almost every page” – Zoe Edwards
“With a title like How to Change the World, you could be forgiven for rolling your eyes. Roll not… Short, wise and inspiring, frequently humorous, and full of encouragement” – Jeremy Williams
“Like any meaningful book on how to make change happen, it has one foot in [Flintoff’s] own experience. That gives it a richness, a humour, and a depth that I really valued” – Rob Hopkins, Transition Culture
“Excellent, impressively concise… Recommend to all frustrated, dormant, and emerging movers and shakers” – Fi Cunningham, Southbank Centre
How To Change The World: Concise, non-patronising and very motivating book. Leading me to new things by the examples of others.
<a href="https://twitter.com/jpflintoff">jpflintoff</a></p>— Steve Batcup (nicezeitgeist) February 3, 2013
“I loved this book. It’s incredibly inspiring and very readable. I particularly liked the message that you can make a real difference just by tiny everyday actions” – Amazon reviewer Country Girl
“Inspiring and uplifting… It’s very easy to convince oneself that we are helpless, but JPF reminds us that this isn’t so” – Amazon reviewer Quakerlizz
“Flintoff shows little patience for the self-serving assumption that fixating on global problems like climate change and poverty is a sign of moral superiority over those who manufacture components or create art” – News Observer
“Great self-help for a jaded campaigner” – James Blair
“Practical and inspiring” – Eleanor Mills