Changing the Way We Change the World

New York Times-bestselling author Anand Giridharadas exposes the roots of inequality, calling on organizations to not only do more good, but do less harm.
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Anand Giridharadas at City Club

Dozens of the world’s billionaires, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg, have signed The Giving Pledge, promising to give away at least half of their wealth to solve social problems. Largely, the reaction to these individuals and their philanthropic pursuits has been positive. However, some critics are beginning to surface. Anand Giridharadas explains.

Program Topics

  • Winners Take All: Myths and Realities of How to Change the World

    In this presentation, drawn from his book Winners Take All, which itself began at the storied Aspen Institute, Anand Giridharadas questions why philanthropic efforts often create so few tangible results. While speaking truth to power, Giridharadas doesn’t just expose the fractures in well-intentioned charitable efforts, but offers a vision to fix them based on truly democratic principles that can create meaningful change.

  • Facilitating Difficult Conversations

    Through his experience speaking to diverse audiences across the country, Anand Giridharadas has noticed that individuals everywhere—no matter their position in life or political affiliation—feel an urgent need to discuss the direction of their country and give voice to their pain, fears, and dreams. Drawing from his work as a political analyst, Giridharadas skillfully facilitates deeply engaging conversations among groups who come together to discuss the difficult problems facing society.

Winners Take All

Winners Take All

A New York Times bestseller | Named one of The New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2018″ | Named one of NPR’s “Best Books of 2018” | Named one of the Financial Times “Books of the Year” | Named one of The Washington Post’s “50 Notable Works of Nonfiction” | One of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Best International Nonfiction” books of 2018 | One of the GreenBiz “10 Best Climate and Business Books of 2018” | 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year

The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.

Anand Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions the elites erode by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for every reader and organization.

FORMATS AVAILABLE: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

PAGE COUNT; PUBLICATION DATE: 304 pages; August 28. 2018

Winners Take All

“In Anand’s thought-provoking book, his fresh perspective on solving complex societal problems is admirable. I appreciate his commitment and dedication to spreading social justice.”

—Bill Gates

“An insightful and refreshing perspective on some of the most vexing issues this nation confronts. This is an important book from a gifted writer whose honest exploration of complex problems provides urgently needed clarity in an increasingly confusing era.”

—Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy
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