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Many in postmodern America believe social change is both

virtually spontaneous and relatively meaningless. They are wrong! 


This text provides a foundational guide to understanding, planning, and facilitating positive transformations within social systems.  The guide is broadly applicable to social problems ranging from as small and personal as improving dysfunctional family dynamics to as broad and far-reaching as advancing the continuing struggle for civil rights, equity, and universal justice. 

The bulk of the text is divided into four parts, independently analyzing as well as integrating the fields of systems theory, leadership theory, change theory, and peaceful activism.  Each part is subdivided into a number of condensed “inquiries” introducing, explaining, and applying fundamental concepts.  Each inquiry is followed by a series of reflective journaling questions, which progressively guide readers to apply the concepts to social problems within their own lives or to their communities.  Each inquiry systematically builds upon preceding inquiries, gradually guiding readers to understand the socially constructed nature of communities and social problems, the solemn responsibility of true leaders to act as change agents, and the time-proven methods and strategies of organizing and leading communities to overcome social problems and achieve positive social change.

Please join me on Indiegogo for my virtual book launch!

Why go Indie?

(Yes, I did have an offer of publication.)

  1. The publishing industry is controlled by a handful of major corporations that determine what the public actually reads. Those decisions are primarily motivated by potential profit to their stockholders rather than by either the quality of the work itself or its potential impact on society.

  2. Authors do all the work, but publishers and retailers reap all the benefits. For the vast majority of nonfiction and trade books, royalties are nominal at best.  I’d rather donate proceeds from my labor to worthy students as scholarships than enrich major corporations.

  3. Standard publishing contracts require authors to relinquish all rights to their work. This includes not only editing, layout, design, and cover art decisions, but also the conditions of use for the work.  By going indie, I retain all rights to my own work:  I control the editing, layout, design, and cover art; I’m free to decide who can republish portions of the book and under what conditions; and, most important to me, I am free to decide whether the book is republished in new updated editions in the future.

Why do I need your help?

(Actually, college students need your help.)

  1. High quality short run printing (fewer than 2,000 copies at a time) is very expensive. Unfortunately, high quality books on important niche topics are rarely “profitable,” and thus often do not even make it to market.

  2. Publishing indie enables the book to be sold at a fraction of the average textbook price, which is currently around $135!  Tuition inflation has also averaged 12% annually for over a decade.  I have committed to donating 20% of direct to customer sales from this site to fund the Sophie Grandbois Memorial Scholarship.

  3. In honor of indigenous people who were forced to attend boarding schools, the Sophie Grandbois Memorial Scholarship will benefit Community Leadership majors of American Indian descent at Montana State University – Northern. Preference for the scholarship will be given to descendants of survivors of American Indian boarding schools.  Scholarship criteria include demonstrated financial need, GPA, and a record of civic engagement and/or community service.

Bachmeier, Randy edited

Randy J. Bachmeier

holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology and undergraduate degrees in history and English. He has over 20 years of experience in higher education, including administrative experience in continuing and distance/online education, in writing and administering grants, and in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in education, leadership, and nonprofit management.  He has extensive experience with diverse populations, and his primary research interest is developing leadership for the advancement of equitable and just communities.