We are delighted to announce our first virtual bookclub #BooksatTheEdge. This is an unique opportunity to build on your learning from the powerful and illuminating, “A World Gone Social”, by joining with its co-authors Ted Coiné @TedCoine, Mark Babbitt @MarkSBabbitt and a whole host of others who are passionate about change activism to reflect, discuss, learn and enhance your actionable knowledge.

A World Gone Social delves into social media’s impact on leadership and management and guides leaders on how to make the shift. We think this a fantastic book to kick-start our virtual book club.

Ted Coiné was recently named a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer. He is co-founder of Switch and Shift, a blog focused on leadership, culture, and change in the social century. Mark Babbitt is CEO and Founder of YouTern, a social community for young careerists that Mashable calls a “Top 5 Online Community for Starting Your Career.

A World Gone Social by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt (2014)

Review by Carol Read @CarolLRead

What does it take to be a Change Agent in the new Social Age?   A World Gone Social is a must read and handbook which will guide you through the positives and explain the current social movement landscape.

Mark and Ted’s book cuts through the jargon and complexities around ‘doing social’ and highlights through a range of real life case studies, the simple fact that social is about being human and wholehearted.

In health, social networks enable us to engage not just with our strong ties, but with weak ties that have different perspectives and can add to our understanding of a problem. We can interact with patients, carers, charities, commissioners, managers and people in other countries or professions. Networking with others to bring about changes in health, the workplace and setting up hubs of information. A World Gone Social is not only about social media, but the connections we make and the community networks we can form to bring about change.

We already see the difference the Social Age is making to our daily lives, this book puts social in context and provides thought provoking actions that will make you want to be more social if you are not already.

Our first virtual bookclub on this book will be held on Tuesday 16th December 2014 at 19:00GMT and you will be able to participate via Webinar and Twitter chat. We will be announcing the sign-up details shortly, but in the meantime, save the date!

You can buy this book via the Authors’ website: ‘A World Gone Social

What is #BooksatTheEdge?

We believe strongly that knowledge cannot be derived solely from articles. In a fast paced world where we rely on easily digestible bite-sized chunks of information, we can often neglect the deeper, richer knowledge and learning that is gained from reading a book.

There is no shortage of texts on a whole host of topics that we know will be of particular interest to change activists in health and care, and for that reason, we have decided to launch a virtual book club #BooksatTheEdge that will accompany and enhance our book reviews.

The idea is that we will publish a review of book, and at the same time, announce a date and time for a virtual book club which will take the form of a Twitter chat. The author/s or editor/s of the reviewed book will be invited to facilitate a club, offering a valuable opportunity to reflect and extract actionable knowledge book in more detail alongside others whilst being able to tap into the mindset and expert knowledge of the author themselves.

We are really excited about this feature of The Edge and we hope you will get involved and join in, as well as making suggestions for books to review, or offering to be the guest reviewer? Please send us a message via our ‘Contact us‘ page and tell us your ideas.