Small Change: Why Business Won’t Save the World

by Michael Edwards


A new movement is afoot that promises to save the world by applying the magic of the market to the challenges of social change. Its supporters argue that using business principles to solve global problems is far more effective than more traditional approaches. What could be wrong with that?

Almost everything, argues former Ford Foundation director Michael Edwards.

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  • Know what questions you should ask before collaborating with a business to create social change.
  • Discover why achieving your organizational goals requires a specific set of operating values and what they are.
  • Learn why you should challenge the conventional acceptance of philanthrocapitalism and learn where to apply business strategies.
  • Find out why your organization and the social sector possess the comparative advantage when it comes to long-term systemic solutions.


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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. Contact him via his website as

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