ABOUT THE BOOK


Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change is partly a history of the development of the Global Fund for Women (GFW), partly an autobiography of my relevant experience, and partly a "how to do it" about creating an international non-governmental organization based on values and principles. Over the years of founding and developing the GFW, I became increasingly interested in how organizations are managed and led, and I was determined to create an organization that would clearly embody the principles on which our work was based. 

I believe that the beginning of positive change is the recognition that things can be different. Next comes a drive toward empowerment, an action plan, and the development of effective programs and an organization based on vision and principles. 

Drawing on my extensive experience in the international philanthropic world and particularly on the founding and growth of The Global Fund for Women, I try to provide practical advice for others who want to effect positive change. 

Paradigm Found is both a personal story and a handbook for positive change, leading the reader through the journey from the beginning of an organization to the transition from its founding leadership. 

The spiral images that appear on the cover of Paradigm Found are "koru" which, in the Maori language of New Zealand, symbolize not only the unfolding of the fern frond striving toward the light but also a new beginning, renewal, and hope for the future.