Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good

Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good

Despite enormous investments of time and money, are we making a dent on the social and environmental challenges of our time? What if we could exponentially increase our impact?

Around the world, a new generation is looking beyond greater profits, for meaningful purpose. But, unlike business, few social interventions have achieved significant impact at scale. Inspired by the modern innovation practices, popularized by bestseller The Lean Startup, that have fueled technology breakthroughs touching every aspect of our lives, Lean Impact turns our attention to a new goal - radically greater social good.

Social change is far more complicated than building a new app. It requires more listening, more care, and more stakeholders. To make a lasting difference, solutions must be embraced by beneficiaries, address root causes, and include an engine that can accelerate growth to reach the scale of the need. Lean Impact offers bold ideas to reach audacious goals through customer insight, rapid experimentation and iteration, and a relentless pursuit of impact.

Ann Mei Chang brings a unique perspective from across sectors, from her years as a tech executive in Silicon Valley to her most recent experience as the Chief Innovation Officer at USAID. She vividly illustrates the book with real stories from interviews with over 200 organizations across the US and around the world.

Whether you are a nonprofit, social enterprise, triple bottom line company, foundation, government agency, philanthropist, impact investor, or simply donate your time and money, Lean Impact is an essential guide to maximizing social impact and scale.

Title:Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781119506607
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    Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good Reviews

  • HBalikov

    I want to help do good. I’m sure that you want to see your contributions do the most good possible."At the end of 2016, over 65 million people were displaced from their homes due to conflict or pers...

  • Alja

    Slightly repetitive and US-focused, but still a useful framework for social innovation entrepreneurs and funders that seek to maximize real-world impact. Throughout the book, the author demonstrates h...

  • Elisa

    As a corporate funder, I think a lot about how to be a better funder. This sums up the book for me: “To test out promising innovations, collect and analyze the data, and let businesses and governmen...

  • Anish Malpani

    A lot of this I had read / studied before but Ann does a great job bringing it all together, especially with her examples. I have a signed copy and this might actually become my Bible. Before reading ...

  • Shannon Clark

    Even if you are not working at or investing/donating to impact driven organizations (whether non-profit or for-profit or government run or another form of organization) this is among the best business...

  • Vrinda

    This book was alright. There were definitely some useful ideas, though it was a bit repetitive. I sort of find that to be common among books in this genre though, which also often seem to have grandio...

  • Janet Cobb

    Dug into the weeds a bit more than I anticipated - I picked it up with enthusiasm and set it aside for quite some time. I appreciate the point and would love to see funding for nonprofits mirror the f...

  • Vinay Mehta

    Few business/industry books will make you read through the chapters and hold down to take notes on key messages, all the while continuing to add more content and reasoning behind your learnings. Even ...

  • Ian Khan

    Quite simply a must read for those in the social impact and social impact measurement space. This is a manifesto for those to start re-thinking of how social good is done and measured. What is the maj...

  • Nuno Gomes

    Great book that sat on my bookshelve for too long. Great use of the Lean Startup concepts, with very interesting hints for funders, social entrepreneurs, business communities and the society at large....