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  • Published: 3 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473576438
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

GO BIG

How To Fix Our World




An empowering, uplifting set of practical and transformative solutions for remaking society, inspired by the Reasons to be Cheerful podcast

'Enthralling' PHILIP PULLMAN
'Such a hopeful book' ELIZABETH DAY
'Miliband is clear that we live in an age where it is movements of people, not politicians, that change the world' Guardian
'Self-deprecating and relentlessly upbeat ... Miliband is right' Telegraph
'GO BIG should be the rallying cry of progressives around the world' RUTGER BREGMAN

Good news: the solutions to our problems already exist.
Great news: a once-in-a-generation appetite for change means we can make them happen.

- How do we provide affordable housing for everyone?
- How do we rein in the power of Big Tech?
- How do we tackle the climate crisis?
- How do we really give people back control?

For the past four years, Ed Miliband has been discovering and interviewing brilliant people all around the world who are successfully tackling these problems, transforming communities and pioneering global movements. From a citizens' assembly in Mongolia to the UK's largest walking and cycling network in Greater Manchester, from flexible working in Finland to the campaign for the first halal Nando's in Cardiff, Go Big draws on the most imaginative and ambitious of these ideas to provide a vision for how to remake society.

The challenges we face are daunting, but in Go Big he shows that the scale of what is possible is far greater. We are at a rare moment in history when people everywhere see the need for big change. The future is not yet written. It's our job to write it.
Go Big shows us how.

  • Published: 3 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473576438
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband is the MP for Doncaster North and was Leader of the Labour Party from 2010 to 2015 and Climate Change Secretary from 2008 to 2010. In October 2017, Ed and his co-host Geoff Lloyd launched the Reasons to Be Cheerful podcast to explore the ideas, people and movements solving the biggest challenges facing society, through interviews with smart thinkers and inspiring campaigners from around the world. It has since had over 6 million downloads across a diverse listenership and was awarded Podcast of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild in 2018. In April 2020, he returned to the front bench to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industry.

Praise for GO BIG

Inspired and inspiring for all those for whom the future of Britain and of the world is important, Miliband calls upon us to rise to our challenges with clarity and conviction but above all with courageous boldness

CHRISTIANA FIGUERES, lead negotiator of the UN Paris Climate Agreement

If you think we can just keep tinkering around the edges, you're the one who lives in la-la land. 'Go big' should be the rallying cry of progressives around the world

RUTGER BREGMAN, author of Humankind

By looking around the world at the people fixing and transforming communities, Go Big offers real hope for the future, showing us not only that the challenges we face are huge but that the scale of what is possible is even greater

NINA STIBBE, author of Love, Nina

Go Big is enthralling. I had forgotten that such energy and imagination were possible in a book that concerns itself with contemporary problems of politics and public life. Ed Miliband writes with a vigour and lightness of touch that doesn't conceal or deny the seriousness of the problems or the intelligence of his suggestions for solving them. I was left with such an unusual feeling that I didn't at first realise what it was, and then I remembered: optimism. I hope everyone with the slightest interest in the way the world works will read it, and act on the lines he suggests

PHILIP PULLMAN

Tinkering around the edges will not solve the problems facing Britain. As we emerge from the crisis, we must create a bold new settlement, based on economic security, fairness and prosperity. This timely and thought-provoking book will make important reading for everyone interested in shaping that future

SIR KEIR STARMER, Leader of the Labour Party

Engaging, powerful and funny, Ed Miliband's Go Big is an urgent call for democratic politics to rise up to the critical challenges of the 21st century. Bringing together research, personal experience and political vision, Miliband makes a compelling case for fundamental change. It is time to make the unthinkable thinkable, it is time to go big

KATRÍN JAKOBSDÓTTIR, Prime Minister of Iceland

A hopeful and inspirational book for our depressing times. Ed Miliband, a politician made more human, engaging and wry through surviving the bitterness of electoral defeat, provides example after example from around the globe - some more persuasive than others - of how progressive ideas can work in action. Yet put them all together and the result is this: a vision of a better, sunnier world in which we would all love to live. Great fun, a great programme and a great read

WILL HUTTON, author of The State We're In

With wit and compassion, Ed Miliband's inspiring call-to-arms gives refreshingly long-term answers to the short-termism and paralysis in our current politics. Informative and exciting, playful but practical, it's a brilliant roadmap towards a necessary national reboot

JAMES GRAHAM, author of Brexit: The Uncivil War

At a time when our problems seem insurmountable and our disagreements intractable, Ed Miliband gives us reasons to be hopeful. This book makes a compelling case we need to hear: if we are willing to think big, politics can be a force for change and a force for good

MICHAEL J. SANDEL, author of The Tyranny of Merit

A post-pandemic world requires policy-makers to stop clinging to ideology, challenge accepted norms and be bold in finding solutions to the big challenges of our time. Go Big advocates just that, questioning the left and right of politics. At times it makes for uncomfortable reading but I believe it is a brave, essential and timely intervention as policy-makers start to redefine new norms after an unprecedented period of instability. It made me think and rethink again and again

BARONESS SAYEEDA WARSI, former co-Chair of the Conservative Party

Jam-packed with creativity, Go Big's courageous vision will not only inspire a generation to tackle today's most fearsome global challenges but provide them with the essential tools to succeed

DAVID LAMMY

Such a wonderful, joyous guest ... everyone must rush out and buy GO BIG ... I really did find it such a hopeful book ... [written] with great wit and intelligence

ELIZABETH DAY, host and author of How To Fail

A new book by Mr Miliband is an important political event ... mounts a coherent challenge to orthodox views, encouraging his audience to think differently and laying the foundations of where the country needs to go ... Miliband is clear that we live in an age where it is movements of people, not politicians, that change the world

Guardian

There's a lot of good stuff in here ... flashes of insight ... neat observations ... it is hard to disagree with much of what [he says] ... charmingly self-deprecating

David Goodhart, Sunday Times

Self-deprecating and relentlessly upbeat ... so darned likeable ... demonstrating a boldness and clarity ... Miliband is right: we have devalued our social goods ... There's no reason why the Tories ... can't nick some of the sensible ideas in [this book] and make them their own

Telegraph

Argues that the scale of the crises we face must define the scale of the solution ... Miliband is a listener ... and he draws inspiration wherever he can find it: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Icelandic female strikers, Paul Stephenson and the Bristol bus boycott ... [provides] the outline ... of 'a renewed social contract' ... set out with likeable energy

Observer

Full of ambitious ideas about how to solve gigantic social issues such as working life, childcare and climate change ... This flawed, funny Miliband sparkles with an Alan Partridge-like flourish through Go Big ... Miliband never sounds angry. He doesn't even seem to get annoyed when the Tories steal his ideas

GQ

By turns bouncy, chatty and confidential, and above all relentlessly upbeat ... fully of ideas, nifty schemes for solving the climate crisis, sound stratagems for encouraging more and better housing, for revitalising public transport, for loosening the stranglehold of the market and a whole lot more besides

Private Eye

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