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Change the world for the better and have a good time doing it
on 24 April 2012
In a couple places in The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook, the author, Rupert Scofield, states that he originally wanted to write a memoir and that he was persuaded to write a handbook. I'm very glad that the author chose the handbook format and not a memoir. We all love a good story, but memoirs are like the Soviet Union slowly taking over libraries and bookstores one shelf at a time.
The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook is much more outward looking, and hence of more use, than any memoir I've ever read. Don't worry, the book is chock full of entertaining stories of Mr. Scofield's many years of international work. He opens with a few of his near brushes with death and goes on from there. But, the book is really about you the reader who is interested in changing the world for the better.
There are many practical insights into what it takes to bring a dream into reality. The author reflects on his many years of experience helping to build a leading international microfinance institution. Mr. Scofield offers practical advice on everything from hiring a finance manager to picking an MIS and he is not shy about detailing the mistakes he made along the way. But, most important, Mr. Scofield verifies that you really can change the world for the better and have a good time doing it. His book shows you how.