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How You Can Make a Difference

Author Harry C. Boyte, Foreword by Don Shelby

Minnesota Historical Society Press (July 15, 2008)

A hands-on guide to effecting change in America by taking action in your community.


Nationally known community organizer and activist Harry C. Boyte incites readers to join today’s “citizen movement,” offering practical tools for how we can change the face of America by focusing on issues close to home.

Targeting useful techniques for individuals to raise public consciousness and effectively motivate community-based groups, Boyte grounds his arguments in the country’s tradition of “populism,” demonstrating how mobilized citizens can be far more powerful than our frequently paralyzed politicians. He offers practical tips on identifying potential citizen leaders and working through cultural differences without sacrificing identities.

Each point is illustrated by inspiring real-life examples of Minnesotans who have prompted change: An immigrant community that created a cultural wellness center. An organization of multiracial, multifaith congregations that is tackling tough social problems. A cluster of suburban neighborhoods that came together to take back Sundays from overzealous youth-sports organizations. For readers doubting their ability to make a significant difference in our world, this how-to book will show the way.

Author information

Dr. Harry C. Boyte is a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey Institute, Co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota.

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  • 224 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873516105

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