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Small Change

Why Business Won't Save the World

Michael Edwards


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A new movement is afoot that promises to save the world by applying the magic of the market to the challenges of social change. But in this hard-hitting, controversial exposé, Michael Edwards shows that business is ill-equipped to attack the causes of poverty, inequality, violence, and discrimination. Achieving fundamental social transformation requires cooperation rather than competition, collective action more than individual effort, and support for long-term, systemic solutions instead of immediate results. With a vested interest in the status quo, business can promise only limited advances: small change. It’s time to turn away from the false promise of the market and reassert the independence of global citizen action.

Praise For Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World

“An important corrective to the wishful view that bringing capitalist principles to philanthropy will be good for both endeavors.”
—Robert Kuttner, coeditor of The American Prospect and author of Everything for Sale

“There are all too few people in today’s complex and confusing world who have either the courage or the clarity to speak truth to power. Michael Edwards has both, for which this well-researched, solidly argued, and levelheaded book provides ample evidence.”
—Gita Sen, Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; Adjunct Professor, Harvard School of Public Health; and Research Coordinator, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

“Anyone who wants the truth of philanthropy in America should read this book.”
—Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley and author of Supercapitalism

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781605093772, 144pp.

Publication Date: January 4, 2010

About the Author

Michael Edwards is a writer and activist affiliated with the think tank Demos in New York, the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. Previously, he was director of the Ford Foundation’s Governance and Civil Society Program and worked for the World Bank, Oxfam, and Save the Children.