Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens


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"Encouraging...Uplifting...Meeting apparently insurmountable goals requires thinking big...this will inspire." --Publishers Weekly

"Raj Shah has written a practical guide to making the world a better place. He knows what he's talking about, because he's done it himself. Anyone who wants to make a change in the world, or their own lives, will benefit from this book." --Bill Gates, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rajiv J. Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former administrator of President Barack Obama's United States Agency for International Development, shares a dynamic new model for creating large scale change, inspired by his own involvements with some of the largest humanitarian projects of our time.

Rajiv J. Shah is no stranger to pulling off the impossible, from helping vaccinate 900 million children at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to a high-pressure race against the clock to stop the spread of Ebola. His secret? A big bets philosophy--the idea that seeking to solve problems rather than make incremental improvements can attract the unlikely partners with the power and know-how to achieve transformational change. Part career sweeping memoir, part inspirational playbook, Big Bets offers a master class in decision-making, leadership, and changing the world one bet at a time.

Shah animates his strategic insights with vivid behind-the-scenes stories, memorable conversations with household names that helped shape his approach to creating change, and his own personal growth as an Indian-American from an immigrant family looking for a way to belong. He distills his battle-tested strategies for creating change, arguing that big bets have a surprising advantage over cautious ones: a bold vision can attract support, collaborations, and fresh ideas from key players who might otherwise be resistant. Throughout the book, Shah traces his unlikely path to the Rockefeller Foundation across a changing world and through some of the most ambitious, dramatic global efforts to create a better world.

Author: Rajiv Shah
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: S&s/Simon Element
Published: 10/10/2023
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.40w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781668004388


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 08/07/2023
Booklist 09/01/2023 pg. 18

About the Author
Dr. Raj Shah serves as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. The Foundation applies data, science, and innovation to improve health for women and children, create nutritious and sustainable food systems, end energy poverty for more than a billion people worldwide, and enable meaningful economic mobility in the United States and around the world. Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. He has received several honorary degrees, the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award, and the US Global Leadership Award. He is married to Shivam Mallick Shah, and they have three children.

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