What Tonya’s Reading: ‘Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation’

These thoughts were originally published in June 2018 by Centre for Social Innovation:

“Yesterday, on my reading marathon, I finished Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation by my dear friend and mentor Al Etmanski. There is so much to love in this beautiful book, but the parts that sung for me were about the power of ‘passionate amateur’ and the great great material around moving policy forward. Truthfully, Al’s pure existence makes me so happy and the fact that occasionally I get a prod from him in the form of a poem or nudge, simply makes me sparkle. He truly embodies the balance of Power and Love referenced by Kahane and the ‘practical wisdom’ spoken of by Hussain. This is a great introduction for people that are still early in their quest to change the world.”


What Tonya’s Reading

What Tonya’s Reading is an ongoing series of thoughts by Tonya Surman about things she’s reading from the world of social innovation.

Tonya is a Toronto-based social entrepreneur, a co-founder, and the current CEO, of the Centre for Social Innovation. She was the founding co-chair of the Ontario Nonprofit Network and has been active within the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada.

Before this, she channeled her overzealous optimism into a national coalition of organizations working on children’s environmental health, a social enterprise offering e-mail to activists, and an edgy online news hub for Canadian progressives. Between these experiments in social entrepreneurship, Tonya has found the time to create a coop daycare, host chaotic street parties, and create community gardens. She is also the mother of two wonderful boys which, in the end, is what matters most.

In 2009 Tonya was named a Global Ashoka Fellow. She was recognized for building shared spaces and networks for social innovators designed to foster cooperation.

Tonya Surman is available for speaking engagements.

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