How Change Happens: a Book Talk with Oxfam's Duncan Green

December 7, 2016

MIT D-Lab, the International Development Innovation Network, the MIT Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation, and the MIT Museum are pleased to invite you to a book talk on How Change Happens written by Oxfam GB's Duncan Green. Duncan will share his insights and invite conversation on how we can better navigate complex systems, power, and social norms to create change.

How Change Happens explores how political and social change takes place, and the role of individuals and organizations in influencing that change. He discusses the challenges that 'systems thinking' creates for traditional aid practices, and how a 'power and systems approach' requires activists, whether in campaigns, companies or governments, to fundamentally rethink the way they understand the world and try to influence it.

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More about the event

Join us for a short book talk and discussion with How Change Happens author Duncan Green at the MIT Museum on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:30-7:30pm. Introduction and Q&A by IDIN Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager Laura Budzyna. Light refreshments will be served.

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More about the author 

Duncan Green is Oxfam Great Britain’s Senior Strategic Adviser. He teaches international development at the London School of Economics, where he is a Professor in Practice. His blog is one of the most widely read on international development, and is named after his previous book to How Change Happens, From Poverty to Power.

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