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Publisher's Summary

“Reading this courageous book feels like the beginning of a social and personal awakening...I can’t stop thinking about it.”—Brené Brown, PhD, author of Atlas of the Heart

For listeners of Emergent Strategy and Dare to Lead, an activist's roadmap to long-term social justice impact through four simple shifts.

We need a fundamental shift in our values—a pivot in how we think, act, work, and connect. Despite what we’ve been told, the most critical mainspring of social change isn’t coalition building or problem analysis. It’s healing: deep, whole, and systemic, inside and out.

Here, Shawn Ginwright, PhD, breaks down the common myths of social movements—a set of deeply ingrained beliefs that actually hold us back from healing and achieving sustainable systemic change. He shows us why these frames don’t work, proposing instead four revolutionary pivots for better activism and collective leadership:

Awareness: from lens to mirror

Connection: from transactional to transformative relationships

Vision: from problem-fixing to possibility-creating

Presence: from hustle to flow

Supplemented with reflections, prompts, cutting-edge research, and the author’s own insights and lived experience as an African American social scientist, professor, and movement builder, The Four Pivots helps us uncover our obstruction points. It shows us how to discover new lenses and boldly assert our need for connection, transformation, trust, wholeness, and healing. It gives us permission to create a better future--to acknowledge that a broken system has been predefining our dreams and limiting what we allow ourselves to imagine, but that it doesn’t have to be that way at all. Are you ready to pivot?

©2022 Shawn A. Ginwright (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Reading this courageous book feels like the beginning of a social and personal awakening. By weaving together social science, storytelling, and his vast experience, Shawn explains why justice and healing are inextricably connected and how we can shift our thinking to create wholeness in our world and in ourselves. I can’t stop thinking about it.” (Brené Brown, PhD, author of Dare to Lead)

“Shawn Ginwright’s book illuminates a needed path for our racially divided nation to move from a place of sobering pessimism toward what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis referred to as The Beloved Community. Ginwright thoughtfully unpacks this pathway as a staged journey, where each of us as individuals - and within the institutions we occupy - can translate one’s lived experience into the sharing of story, human connectedness, and concerted action in service of full inclusion.” (Robert K. Ross, MD, president and CEO of The California Endowment) 

“Shawn Ginwright calls upon us to take four pivots that can enable us to engage in deep reflection about our actions and experiences so that we can lead happier, healthier, and more meaningful lives...an invaluable resource for those who seek to grow, evolve, and make a difference in the world.” (Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops dean of the USC Rossier School of Education) 

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What the World Needs NOW

Well-performed, and a MUST read for anyone who wants to be a part of the solution our World most desperately needs and deserves.

I’m hoping more people get to a place in their journey to seek knowledge and perspective such as Dr. Ginwright and so many others are bringing forward l, and like me, are moved to continue to learn and make an impact when and where you can - every little bit helps.

Highly recommend!!!

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exceptional book and resource!

thank you, Dr. Ginwright for a comprehensive look at ddeib work and healing - inside and out

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Excellent, Enlightening perspective!

Love this book!, Shawn’s perspective, voice & approach…. Totally applicable to advocacy, work, & Life!…. Thank you for showing up as yourself, & sharing knowledge on how we can All do this a little better!
Highly recommended! 🤗