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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (10 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586489569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586489564
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are times when Professor Yunus' aims for Glasgow sound like something out of the Conservative's "Big Society" pitch. His latest book, Building Social Business, is 300 pages of Big Society pleading for people to go out there and create businesses which generate cash and contribute to the greater good at the same time. --The Independent, June 6, 2010

In nine short, well-written chapters, Yunus provides genuine insight into global poverty and a unique perspective on the ways in which social businesses can coexist with traditional businesses to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the world's citizens. --CHOICE, September 2010

[A] reminder that capitalism can take kindlier forms: microfinance pioneer Yunus explains how he believes social enterprise can redeem what he regards as the failed promise of free markets. --The Spectator, June 2010

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Muhammad Yunus was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, educated at Dhaka University, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University, and became head of the economics department at Chittagong University in 1972. He is the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank. Yunus and Grameen Bank are winners of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Karl Weber is a writer based in Irvington, New York. He coauthored Yunus's best-selling book, Creating a World Without Poverty.


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Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, a microcredit lender, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to fighting world poverty. Although the government of Bangladesh eventually forced him to leave the bank (possibly for political reasons), his views still convey great force. Yunus espouses an economy that embraces humanity as a pool of positive potential. His book, written with Karl Weber, lays out a blueprint for "social business." It details compelling case studies of how various Grameen enterprises handle everyday market problems. getAbstract recommends it to executives who want to enfranchise good works, and to garage-office entrepreneurs and public policy technocrats who believe in a world with less poverty, but who need a little guidance to get there.
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This is a fascinating book from a dedicated individual. It details his start in the microfinance industry and how that grew into the group that it is today. He highlights some of the social enterprises that Grameen have supported and where the pros and cons lie. Easy to read and always to the point, well worth reading for anyone interested in development or alternative models for finance.
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I was truly grateful for the innovative approach to helping to solve problems with poverty. This book is very inspiring.
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A book which should be on every teachers and educators shelf.

It is more than just a book dedicated for the book shelf, rather
than an encouragent to evaluate privatly owned current business
models, and community owned social businesses and enterprises.

I found this book, analytical, well researched and a guide
of things to come....
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This is an excellent book compact with all necessary information and inspirations for one to set up a social business. Once you read it, you will know that it is possible to start a social business and there are many support available for you as long as you have a greater passion and dedication towards making the world a better and sustainable place.
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