As regular FP2Pistas should have clocked by now, I am writing a book on ‘How Change Happens’. Should have a final manuscript by later this year, to
publish in 2016. But in a desperate courageous attempt to be funky and innovative, we want to do things a bit differently this time:
1. It won’t be that long – aiming for 200-250 pages compared to monster FP2P length
2. Much bigger online presence – a platform/hub/lab/whatever crammed with case studies, toolkits, videos etc will accompany the book
3. Open Access: if people really want to print out a 250 page book, they will be able to. We still think lots will opt for the traditional or e-book version, but the publisher will have to be ready to that gamble.
4. A MOOC: we’re going to do a ‘massive online open course’ to accompany the book, which should both increase impact and improve sales.
Other things will be unchanged – remorseless authorial self promotion in person and via this blog, Oxfam’s backing, a style combining literature review and loads of case studies, and a dogged effort to avoid the wilder excesses of development-speak.
We’re already talking to various publishers, but it seemed a bit remiss to not go open access on a proposal about open access…. So if you’re interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Emily Gillingham (egillingham1[at]Oxfam.org.uk] for the 3 pager that sets this all out in more detail.