Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investing to Transform the Future
by Pamela Ryan PhD
Pub Date 22 Oct 2019
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The Time to Impact the Future Is Now
Impact Imperative author Pamela Ryan explores the likely realities facing our planet and humanity for the next few decades. We are, as she tells us, at a pivotal moment in history. Individuals, organizations, and investors are doing immense good, but extraordinary challenges are enveloping the planet, threatening life and humanity itself: escalating extreme weather events, shifting global population and power balances, widening socioeconomic disparities, and rising tensions among extremists and mainstream populations.
Impact Imperative stems from consultations with over 130 professionals in the burgeoning impact innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment space. As Dr. Ryan shares insights from these impact innovators about how we can meet these challenges in the next few decades and beyond, she encourages readers to think about how our own consequential actions in the present can propel us—individually and collectively—toward more optimal futures. Or increasingly destructive futures.
"Early on, Pam told me that Impact investing would become much more mainstream, and she was right. During her life, Pam's actions have positively impacted the lives of thousands. I am humbled to be among those individuals Pam Ryan has positively impacted."
--Jeanie Wyatt, Founder & CEO, South Texas Money Management; Top Financial Advisor, Barron's magazine
"If there's anyone I know who cares about others, sees the world whole, knows that response is better than retreat, and is able to organize and motivate people toward a better future, it's Pamela Ryan. I've never stopped admiring Pamela's instincts and intelligence. Impact Imperative showcases this commitment to act, the vision of a better future, and principled practical ways to accomplish both."
--Dr. J. Patrick Boyer, Q.C., Author, Publisher, Lawyer, Professor, and Canadian Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary for External Affairs (1984-1993)
"If anyone can lead the way to transform our future in an enlightened manner it is the irresistible force of nature that is Dr. Pam Ryan."
--Kerry Heysen, Producer, and Scott Hicks, Dr. Honoris Causa (Flinders University), Director, Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars, No Reservations, Highly Strung
"Dr. Pam Ryan has produced a masterwork for our time! Her breadth and depth of experience and extensive research and study give her the authority to provide us with prescient information, inspiration and strategic direction. Impact Imperative is of real value and inspiration, especially as we focus on present and future challenges that confront my country, South Africa."
--Merle Friedman, PhD, Organizational and Clinical Psychologist; Principal, Psych-Action in South Africa; Director, Psychology Beyond Borders
"This book is an inspiring achievement of serious thinking and concrete advice that has been years in the making. Pam Ryan has been drawn to sweeping ideas that could help provide solutions to deep-rooted structural challenges in human society, but those ideas must tangibly work. The Pam Ryan I have known is a unique blend of the visionary and the pragmatic, and this book is her important product."
--Mark Entwistle, Partner, Privus Capital; Canadian Ambassador to Cuba (1993-1997)
"With unparalleled insight, rigor, and passion, Dr. Pamela Ryan approaches a critical and timely topic in her important book, Impact Imperative. Ryan's decades of influential experience founding organizations across the globe provides her with a unique lens through which she crystallizes an urgent imperative--to save humanity through foresight and deliberative action. Bolstered by the insights of other innovators like herself, Dr. Ryan has prepared an immensely readable volume that should be of interest to thought leaders, business professionals, academics, and anyone who wants to be intellectually challenged, energized, and poised for action."
--Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, Professor of Psychological Science, Medicine, and Public Health; Associate Director, ADVANCE Program, Office of Inclusive Excellence, University of California, Irvine
"Current political leadership is so short-sighted that we can be either seriously worried (and remain useless) or see those conditions as an extraordinary opportunity for nonpartisans to propose new models urgently: from participative to collaborative, while being thoroughly innovative and entrepreneurial-based, Pam Ryan is trying to present us with a broad spectrum of such alternatives."
--Pascal Vinarnic, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist; CEO & Chair of Fondation Demeter
"I have worked with Pam Ryan over the past decade on several organizations featured in Impact Imperative. Pam has a unique ability to survey the landscape, understand the issues and our key levers for creating a better future"
--Lance Fors, PhD, Founder & Former CEO, Third Wave Technologies; Chair, Social Venture Partners International
"Pam Ryan is an exceptional and remarkable person with a combination of intelligence and empathy. She is a force for good in the advancement of humankind in a challenging world."
--Bob Hawke, Prime Minister, Australia (1983-1991)
"The concept that the world will be a better place because social entrepreneurs are out there working hard (and with technology, now working more cohesively and effectively) is amazing and hopeful. It's really changed how I think about the social ills of the world and helps me envision a more positive future for my kids and all the future generations. Impact Imperative needs to be read by many, many people."
--Sue Kolbly, Rideshare Driver, Accountant, and Editor
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