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Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World by Beverly Schwartz

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Foreword

Are You Ready for The Big One?

THERE ARE SMALL AND BIG CHANGES. AND THEN, VERY RARELY, THERE comes a tectonic shift so profound that everything is transformed in a historical instant.

Such transformations are as powerful as they are because they change the structure of how humans work together. A big advance of this type indeed changes everything—including the skills everyone must master, how groups and society organize, and how we all see the world. Technological revolutions, for example those in electronics or chemistry, do not begin to compare. The closest historical analogue is the agricultural revolution.

Today, after three centuries of tectonic acceleration, we are, I believe, already in the transformation zone of as big a shift ...

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