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Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation

ISBN: 978-1-118-38294-3
576 pages
March 2013, Jossey-Bass
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Written with a fresh voice and a dash of humor, Do Good Well is an exciting and readily adaptable guide to social innovation that not only captures the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of our time, but also harnesses the insights, wisdom, and down-to-earth experience of today’s most accomplished young leaders. Do Good Well offers a winning combination of theory, anecdote, and application, giving you the framework you need to make an impact next door or across the world.

The authors present a 12-step process that empowers readers to act on their passions and concerns. This process is organized into three parts: Do What Works, Work Together, and Make It Last. They offer specific guidance for following the process through practical and prescriptive actions such building organizations, joining boards, applying for funding, creating partnerships with organizations that have similar goals, organizing conferences, and publicizing events. The book incorporates accounts of young people in action, and always reinforces the message that social innovation can be a lifestyle, made up of efforts small and large. It is not an all-or nothing proposition, and anyone can affect social change.
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Preface: The Spirit of Community vii

Thank-Yous xiii

About the Authors xv

Introduction 1

PART 1 The Vision 11

1 Know Yourself 13

2 Know Your World 28

3 Identify a Problem 46

4 Understand the Problem 57

5 Brainstorm Solutions 67

PART 2 TheMethod 81

Step 1: DO WHAT WORKS 83

6 Design a Systemic Solution 85

7 Build on What Works 94

8 Measure, Evaluate, Improve, Repeat 101

9 Challenge What Works, Innovate, Keep What Works 110

Step 2: WORK TOGETHER 119

10 Balance Strengthening and Starting 121

11 Cultivate Community Ownership 128

12 Foster Team Unity 135

13 Forge Partnerships 140

Step 3: MAKE IT LAST 147

14 Start Small, Then Scale What Works 149

15 Engineer Self-Sustainable Solutions 156

16 Integrate Social Entrepreneurship 165

17 Share What Works 173

18 The Method in Action 179

PART 3 The Tools 197

Step 1: DO WHAT WORKS: Proven Strategies to Increase Your Impact 199

19 What Works in Choosing a Name 200

20 What Works in Writing a Mission Statement 208

21 What Works in Goals and Planning 219

22 What Works in Fundraising 231

23 What Works in Media and Marketing 261

24 What Works in Activism 280

25 What Works in Educational Curricula 299

26 What Works When Running for Office 317

27 Do What’s Right 326

Step 2: WORK TOGETHER: Start and Strengthen Meaningful Relationships 335

28 Find Mentors 336

29 Build a Team 350

30 Optimize Communication 373

31 Create Partnerships 386

32 Organize a Conference 406

33 Serve on a Board 418

34 Develop Community Ownership 429

Step 3: MAKE IT LAST: Add Value and Sustain Success 442

35 Apply Social Entrepreneurship 443

36 Revitalize Your Efforts 456

37 Transition Leadership 469

38 Incorporate as a Business 479

39 Incorporate as a Nonprofit 488

40 Incorporate Reflection 497

41 Make Social Responsibility a Career 506

42 Make Social Responsibility a Lifestyle 520

Notes 531

Index 541

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Nina Vasan is a social entrepreneur. She has been honored as one of America's Top 10 Youth Volunteers, a Young Adult Winner of the National Caring Award, a Girl Scouts National Young Woman of Distinction, and one of Glamour magazine's Top 10 College Women.

Jennifer Przybylo has dedicated her life to service. Her leadership has been recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the United States Senate Youth Program, and the Toyota Community Scholars Program.

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“This book is the primer for social innovation. Nina Vasan and Jennifer Przybylo are leading their peers to become the socially responsible, creative generation that the world is waiting for.”
—Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank

“The book we’ve all been waiting for—brilliant and full of energy, this manual provides the tools and step-by-step instructions to transform anyone into a leader of social change. So hands-on and high-yield that it will never gather dust!”
—Nancy Lublin, CEO, DoSomething.org

“An outstanding leadership guide that empowers young entrepreneurs to be the change and take action today. An essential companion for the classroom, boardroom, and chatroom.”
—Alan Khazei, cofounder of City Year and founder of Be The Change, Inc.

“As a college professor, I see energetic students every day who aspire to ‘change the world.’ Do Good Well fills a critical void by giving these passionate individuals the know-how to lead meaningful action and maximize their impact. A book that is most impressive in both the breadth and depth of topics it covers and the sageness of the advice it provides.”
—Christopher Winship, Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Do Good Well serves as a catalyst to help those who want to accelerate social change. It is the ‘go-to’ reference on how citizens can make a big impact in their communities and around the world!”
—Sonal Shah, first director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation

“Nina Vasan and Jennifer Przybylo offer a thorough and compelling road map to starting and managing effective, collaborative, and sustainable social ventures. They share advice in a unique voice that combines the encouragement of a coach, the acumen of a CEO, and the honesty of your best friend.”
—Lauren Bush Lauren, cofounder of FEED

“Nina and Jennifer have designed a simple and elegant method to help readers solve problems and pursue their dreams. The ideas and information assembled contain essential insights to encourage, guide, and inspire!”
—Jessica Jackley, cofounder of Kiva.org
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Do Good Well: Turning Idealism into Impact—Visit the authors' website to learn more about their ongoing work.
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May 10, 2013
Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation

“This book is the primer for social innovation. Nina Vasan and Jennifer Przybylo are leading their peers to become the socially responsible, creative generation that the world is waiting for.”

- Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Grameen Bank

 

Do Good Well

Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation

By Nina Vasan & Jennifer Przybylo

San Francisco, CA – 97% of Millennials say it’s important for them to engage in work that has a positive impact on the world. The message is clear: today’s younger generations deeply value social responsibility; they feel an obligation to “do good” and solve the problems they see everyday on the news and in their communities. Their drive to make an impact has transformed everything from the way teenagers use their spare time, to the classes college students take, to the careers that young adults pursue.

However, many Millennials (and people) struggle with the application and implementation of their idealistic intentions; they want to “do good”, but are not sure how to get started, or how to strengthen and sustain their efforts once they’ve taken flight.  That’s why internationally recognized and award-winning young leaders Nina Vasan and Jennifer Przybylo wrote DO GOOD WELL: YOUR GUIDE TO LEADERSHIP, ACTION, AND SOCIAL INNOVATION (Jossey-Bass, March 2013, 576 pages, ISBN: 978-1-118-38294-3, $30.00 / Paperback / also available as an e-book).  Already a #1 Amazon Best-Seller, DO GOOD WELL is a groundbreaking leadership guide that provides a comprehensive and concrete roadmap to making a positive and lasting impact.

Sonal Shah, First Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, calls the book “a catalyst to help those who want to accelerate social change.  It is the ‘go to’ reference on how citizens can make a big impact in their communities and around the world!”

Written with a fresh voice and a dash of humor, DO GOOD WELL offers students and young adults a practical and hands-on way to establish their unique brand of leadership.

Beginning with the knowledge that all impactful change starts from within, the book helps them first figure out who they are and how to best harness their talents and creativity to do good. Next, it provides a 12-part framework for developing solutions that can break through any barriers to change. This process is simplified into three core principles: Do What Works, Work Together, and Make It Last. The final portion of the book gives readers the tools and step-by-step instructions they’ll need to execute their ideas and maximize their impact.

“In our own experiences trying to do a bit of good, we did a few things right, and more than a few things wrong.  We looked but could not find a clear roadmap for creating social change, so we employed a trial and error approach. And we weren’t alone – our friends, classmates, and even the groups we most admired were also frustrated by the lack of a how-to guide to action. One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned is that real value comes not from a great idea, but from great execution of that idea. We realized that we had an opportunity to improve the way that people do good, to create an actual process built on evidence and experience. That’s why we wrote this book, to fuel, guide, and maximize the impact readers make.” Vasan said.

DO GOOD WELL captures the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of our time by drawing upon the experiences of today’s most talented young leaders. Incredibly versatile, the book delivers a winning combination of interdisciplinary research, case studies, personal anecdotes, practical advice, worksheets, and reflection questions.  It is the comprehensive must-read for anyone motivated to effect meaningful, sustainable change.

“We saw that that there was so much energy behind this ‘do good’ movement, but not enough going on to unite people in this movement and help them work together. We’ve launched dogoodwell.org to create the supportive network needed to sustain young leaders. At the site (www.dogoodwell.org), readers can join the community and benefit from resources including mentors, partners, and funding. It is our hope that Do Good Well empowers readers to harness their idealism and transform it into impact.” Vasan said.

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