- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Collins (3 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007214588
- ISBN-13: 978-0007214587
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.7 x 16.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,352,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
500 Ways To Change The World Paperback – 3 Oct 2005
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The British are famously good at grumbling and then not doing anything,so it's surprising that an Institution as optimistic,empowering and proactive as the Global Ideas Bank should have been born here in England. Brian Eno
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It has a nifty size and although it is 400 pages does not feel overwhelming. You can dip into it at any page and read an idea. Individually they are interesting and amusing but together they represent a groundswell of change that can turn the tide on the poverty, environmental devestation and conflict in the world.
Written with an informal, engaging tone that inspires without (thankfully!) being too earnest, it is a practical and highly enjoyable read.
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"Social inventions can be clever thinking on a modern problem--say, disposable credit-card numbers to prevent theft-or innovations thousands of years old to solve equally ancient conumdrums."
Some of the ideas give you a website that goes along with it, such as "apologize worldwide on the web," where you can anonymously apologize for past wrongdoings or, leave your name if you feel really brave.
Some are ideas haven't happened yet, but could, if more people made it possible. Such as, people staying after a particular movie, to have discussions about it.
Some are funny, yet clever, such as: police in Blackpool give lollipops to people leaving clubs to keep the noise level down. Police in Staffordshire recommend that citizens paint their garden tools pink or other bright colors to keep thieves from stealing and re-selling their tools. Also, some officials in Germany suggested that dogs should have license plates, so they are able to be identified if their owners are not following the law.
Like the previous reviewer, I agree that at first glance, the ideas seem very involved and use larger words to make a point. This may turn others away and make it less accessible. But, if you sit down and actually read it (This is not a simple idea book) you could come across some great ideas to use in your city, neighborhood, etc. Sadly, a majority of the ones come from Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, but there are some in the United States. (Mostly in big cities) It makes sense, because Europe is way ahead of us on some issues. Hopefully, this will inspire some of us to make the world a better place, or at least, get our brains working on how to do it.
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