The Real Change-Makers: Why Government Is Not the Problem or the Solution is based on a straightforward premise: it is everyday Americans who have always been the real change-makers and whose efforts are now more necessary than ever given the financial squeeze that local, state, and federal governments confront. In this provocative and timely book, Brown explains why solutions to social problems won't come from just more litigation, more legislation, more regulation, or more funding. His focus is not upon theory but everyday social practicesapursuing health care beyond the doctor's office, educating young people beyond the school zone, and pooling resources in new ways that take into account what Americans own, what they know, and what free time they have. Despite living in an age of media distraction, this book calls on citizens to renew their social attention, self-organize, and tackle the social problems that plague us. Most important, it is a book that leads the way to our future.But like the fox who spurned the grapes that seemed out of reach, we should not dismiss what we would gladly have. ... Social problem solving, however, requires far more than the everyday outcomes we typically produce. ... the oft-used example: aIf only HP [its executives] knew what HP [its employees] knows, a which means that everyone has something to contribute, not just those supposedly in charge.
|Title||:||Real Change-Makers, The: Why Government Is Not the Problem or the Solution|
|Author||:||David Warfield Brown|
|Publisher||:||ABC-CLIO - 2012-01-06|