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Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know [Kindle Edition]

David Bornstein , Susan Davis
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"Excellent!" --Nicholas Kristof, New York Times"Order this book and read it immediately...This book gives you some great ways to understand and apply the whole idea of entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship." --Tom Suddes, The Suddes Group, ForImpact.org "The most essential starter guide to the field I've yet seen." --Change.org"A great primer of social entrepreneurship, trends, and a look into the future." --Encouragizers"This book is an excellent way to get a snapshot of everything going on in the Social Entrepreneurship space." --RisingPyramid.org"Practical offer[s] concrete examples of the challenges faced by social ventures and shedding light on the issues that make social enterprises different from traditional businesses." --NextBillion.net"The first to give an excellent overview of what being a social entrepreneur is all about. You'll learn what the difference is between a social entrepreneurship and a regular business venture and traditional non-profits. If you think you want to innovate unique social solutions to unique social problems for your encore career, this is the place to start." --Lin Schreiber, founder of RevolutionizeRetirement.com

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"Excellent!" --Nicholas Kristof, New York Times


"Order this book and read it immediately...This book gives you some great ways to understand and apply the whole idea of entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship." --Tom Suddes, The Suddes Group, ForImpact.org


"The most essential starter guide to the field I've yet seen." --Change.org


"A great primer of social entrepreneurship, trends, and a look into the future." --Encouragizers


"This book is an excellent way to get a snapshot of everything going on in the Social Entrepreneurship space." --RisingPyramid.org


"Practical offer[s] concrete examples of the challenges faced by social ventures and shedding light on the issues that make social enterprises different from traditional businesses." --NextBillion.net


"The first to give an excellent overview of what being a social entrepreneur is all about. You'll learn what the difference is between a social entrepreneurship and a regular business venture


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0195396332
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (19 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E1BGWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well written 25 Jun 2014
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This book had everything i needed. many others I saw weren't very modern and weren't suited to just reading the chapters you need as you go along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving guidebook to social entrepreneurship 27 May 2011
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
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George Soros once said, "Let business be business and philanthropy be philanthropy. Keep the two separate." And never the twain shall meet. However, even Soros, capitalist businessman and philanthropist extraordinaire, eventually succumbed to seeing the merits of and need for social enterprise. David Bornstein and Susan Davis, two scholars of social innovation, offer a truly inspiring book about the noble, burgeoning field of "social entrepreneurship." They offer recognition to the countless anonymous individuals who address the world's most intractable problems, and they dole out useful advice to the "changemakers" who give voices to people who have none. Although this guide may be a tad basic for workers at established social enterprises, getAbstract recommends it as a wonderful source of tips and inspiration to budding social entrepreneurs in all fields who strive to change the world for the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE essential book of social entrepreneurship 28 July 2010
By Marcelo - Published on Amazon.com
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It usually takes me two months to read a nonfiction book. However in this case I read Bornstein and Davis in less than 5 days because I was completely engaged with their explanations and definitions of everything related to social entrepreneurship.
I was fully inspired by Bornstein's "How to change the world" and the cases he presented. In his new book with Davis I understood more about social entrepreneurship, its challenges, strengths, etc.
I have been working on an organization that promotes social entrepreneurship for more than 3 years; after reading this book I understand more about my organization and my role.
I believe that this book is crucial for everyone interested in social innovation, public service or social entrepreneurship.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book so far on social entrepreneurship 2 Oct 2010
By J. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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The most comprehensive overview of social entrepreneurship yet also the shortest and most concise. Each section gives you the needed background about a topic, then summarizes what is happening now with short but insightful comments on every topic. This is, in one short book, the best primer for those who want an overview of the field but also the most penetrating analysis for practitioners. Bornstein's deep knowledge of social entrepreneurship, from the entrepreneurs to the concepts and emerging trends all shine through on every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship 12 Feb 2011
By Debbi Brock - Published on Amazon.com
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The book provides an excellent introduction to social entrepreneurship and how individuals can play a role in creating social change. The authors walk us through what social entrepreneurship is, the pioneers and how it is different from government, activism, and traditional entrepreneurship. The next section covers the challenges of addressing some of societies most intractable problems through entrepreneurial endeavors. The book concludes with a discussion how to envision an innovating society where people are taking charge of making long term systemic change to society. A must read for anyone new to the field of social entrepreneurship or wants to help create social change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very thought-provoking book 5 Jun 2010
By T. Pryor - Published on Amazon.com
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What do you get when you combine business skills with social conscience? A social entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurs recognize when a part of society is stuck and offers new ways to get society unstuck. They don't just give a fish or even teach people how to fish. They revolutionize fishing. Examples in the book of social entrepreneurs are the micro-loan Grameen Bank, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. This book is great for people who see a big problem in society, e.g., high school drop out rates of 50%+ among Hispanic males, divorce rates 50%+ and unemployment rates of 10%, and tackle the issues using little money but lots of energy and innovation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Social entrepreneurship: what it is, how it works, where it's going 25 Jun 2012
By Mal Warwick - Published on Amazon.com
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After three decades of increasingly widespread public attention, a surprisingly large number of commentators in the field of social entrepreneurship continue to argue about the most basic question of all: What is a social enterprise, and what isn't? In this superb little book, David Bornstein and Susan Davis straightforwardly put this question to rest: "Social entrepreneurship is a process by which citizens build or transform institutions to advance solutions to social problems, such as poverty, illness, illiteracy, environmental destruction, human rights abuses, and corruption, in order to make life better for many." So much for all those deconstructionists who contend that a social enterprise must never turn a profit, or must always turn a profit, or must address some sorts of problems but not others!

As an introduction to the field, Social Entrepreneurship is unmatched.

Most books on social entrepreneurship feature case studies or vignettes starring some of the field's most innovative and successful individuals. This was the case with an earlier book of Bornstein's, How to Change the World, which is widely (and rightfully) regarded as "the bible" of the field. By contrast, the three short chapters that constitute Social Entrepreneurship ask and answer the most fundamental questions that any reader unfamiliar with the pursuit of social change might ask, first clarifying the definition of social entrepreneurship, then examining the practical challenges practitioners face, and finally "Envisioning an Innovating Society." In that third chapter, Bornstein and Davis discuss how government, academia, business, philanthropy, and the news media might contribute to fashioning the "everyone a changemaker" world posited by Ashoka's Bill Drayton.

As the authors point out, "Social entrepreneurs have always existed. But in the past they were called visionaries, humanitarians, philanthropists, reformers, saints, or simply great leaders. Attention was paid to their courage, compassion, and vision but rarely to the practical aspects of their accomplishments. Thus, people may know about the moral teachings of St. Francis but not about how the Franciscans became the fastest growing religious order of its day. Children learn that Florence Nightingale ministered to wounded soldiers but not that she built the first professional school for nurses and revolutionized hospital construction. Gandhi is remembered for demonstrations of nonviolent rsistance but not for building a decentralized political apparatus that enabled India to make a successful transition to self-rule." And if St. Francis, Florence Nightingale, and Gandhi exemplified the isolated and occasional social entrepreneurs of yesteryear, there are thousands of courageous individuals now walking parallel paths to institutional change on every continent -- backed up by a growing suport network that includes Ashoka, the Skoll Foundation, the Schwab Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Avina, and many other organizations. Given the enormity of the challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century, their combined efforts may represent our last, best hope to create a world in which our grandchildren can live healthy, rewarding lives.

David Bornstein and Susan Davis came to the task of writing this book with impeccable qualifications. In addition to How to Change the World, which went into a second edition in 2007, Bornstein wrote The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, first published in 1996. He is the preeminent journalist in the field. Davis is a supremely accomplished activist, having served as a founding member of the Grameen Foundation and then co-founding BRAC USA, which she serves as President and CEO. (BRAC began its institutional life as a Bangladeshi nonprofit, later expanding to many other countries around the world. It is regarded as the world's largest NGO.) She also helps select Ashoka Fellows. Previously, she held a series of senior positions with the Ford Foundation, Women's World Banking, the International Labor Organisation, and other institutions.

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