"Pam Ryan is an exceptional and remarkable person with a combination of intelligence and empathy. She is a force for good in the advancement of humankind in a challenging world."
--Bob Hawke, Prime Minister, Australia (1983-1991)
"Early on, Pam told me that Impact investing would become much more mainstream, and she was right. During her life, Pam's actions have positively impacted the lives of thousands. I am humbled to be among those individuals Pam Ryan has positively impacted."
--Jeanie Wyatt, Founder & CEO, South Texas Money
Management; Top Financial Advisor, Barron's magazine
"If there's anyone I know who cares about others, sees the world whole, knows that response is better than retreat, and is able to organize and motivate people toward a better future, it's Pamela Ryan. I've never stopped admiring Pamela's instincts and intelligence. Impact Imperative showcases this commitment to act, the vision of a better future, and principled practical ways to accomplish both."
--Dr. J. Patrick Boyer, Q.C., Author, Publisher, Lawyer, Professor, and Canadian Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary for External Affairs (1984-1993)
"The concept that the world will be a better place because social entrepreneurs are out there working hard (and with technology, now working more cohesively and effectively) is amazing and hopeful. It's really changed how I think about the social ills of the world and helps me envision a more positive future for my kids and all the future generations. Impact Imperative needs to be read by many, many people."
--Sue Kolbly, Rideshare Driver, Accountant, and Editor
"If anyone can lead the way to transform our future in an enlightened manner it is the irresistible force of nature that is Dr. Pam Ryan."
--Kerry Heysen, Producer, and Scott Hicks, Dr. Honoris Causa (Flinders University), Director, Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars, No Reservations, Highly Strung
"Dr. Pam Ryan has produced a master work for our time! Her breadth and depth of experience and extensive research and study give her the authority to provide us with prescient information, inspiration and strategic direction. Impact Imperative is of real value and inspiration, especially as we focus on present and future challenges that confront my country, South Africa."
--Merle Friedman, PhD, Organizational and
Clinical Psychologist; Principal, Psych-Action
in South Africa; Director, Psychology Beyond Borders
"This book is an inspiring achievement of serious thinking and concrete advice that has been years in the making. Pam Ryan has been drawn to sweeping ideas that could help provide solutions to deep-rooted structural challenges in human society, but those ideas must tangibly work. The Pam Ryan I have known is a unique blend of the visionary and the pragmatic, and this book is her important product."
--Mark Entwistle, Partner, Privus Capital; Canadian Ambassador to Cuba (1993-1997)
"The stories we tell about the future are powerful shapers of the present. Pam Ryan is an innovative pioneer in helping to create different visions for our future and encouraging individuals, businesses, and governments to act on these visions now, so that we can meet the social and environmental challenges that face us. Because of its insights into both human activity and human psychology Impact Imperative has the capacity to trigger change at a very profound level."
--Betty Sue Flowers, PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Texas at Austin; International Consultant for scenarios creation
"In this book, Dr. Pam Ryan makes a compelling case for why each and every one of us needs to act now if we are to have a positive impact on our future; the alternative is dire. Despite its weighty topic, Impact Imperative is easy and fascinating to read. It is a compelling call to action that no thinking person, after reading it, can ignore. We all need to become positive impactors. What kind of future do you want for yourself and your progeny? Dr. Ryan's book helps you answer that question. Run to your nearest bookstore and get this book! You cannot afford not to."
--dt ogilvie, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship, Professor of Business Strategy, and Former Dean, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology
"Increasingly, I'm asking a short question whose answer has immense consequences, 'Who Cares?' The answer to this question shows literally who has the power to make the difference for humanity's growth or brutal demise and that of Earth. Impact Imperative is crucial to understanding the shift we must make in order to having the privilege of choosing to enhance life and making an impact by simply saying 'I care.'"
--Gill Hicks, Dr. Honoris Causa (Kingston University and London Metropolitan University), AM MBE, Founder & Director,
M.A.D. Minds Agency and M.A.D. for Peace
Impact Imperative author Pamela Ryan explores the likely realities facing our planet and humanity for the next few decades. We are, as she tells us, at a pivotal moment in history. Individuals, organizations, and investors are doing immense good, but extraordinary challenges are enveloping the planet, threatening life and humanity itself: escalating extreme weather events, shifting global population and power balances, widening socioeconomic disparities, and rising tensions among extremists and mainstream populations.
Impact Imperative stems from consultations with over 130 professionals in the burgeoning impact innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment space. As Dr. Ryan shares insights from these impact innovators about how we can meet these challenges in the next few decades and beyond, she encourages readers to think about how our own consequential actions in the present can propel us—individually and collectively—toward more optimal futures. Or increasingly destructive futures.