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4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading - might even change your life, 22 Mar. 2011
This review is from: How to be a Social Entrepreneur: Make Money and Change the World (Paperback)
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I was at a seminar the other day which was attended by an interesting mix of bankers (mostly reformed), VCS, social entrepreneurs, commissioners, academics and a smattering of government officials. The topic was 'social impact bonds' - a new class of investment that allows for investment in projects that have a social return for society, save the government money and allow investors to get a return thus opening up new sources of funding for good works.

The point is though, it is people rather than finance that make a difference but having a good heart alone is not enough. Being smart in business, getting a return (even if you use it to re-invest in your cause) as well as having the drive to succeed in making a difference in your chosen field are required. In my experience not many people naturally have all the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Some have good instincts, and some have good connections, but most of us simply don't know what we don't know. The result is a lot of hand to mouth charity work - which can never make more than a small dent on the issues that need to be tackled.

This book makes a useful contribution to the field. It will make you think about whether you have the passion to succeed, and will start to make you think about areas that you didn't know about. It doesn't and nor could it, give you all the answers. But if you have it in you - reading this could just be the start of something very important. Something that could maybe even change the world a little for the better.
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Don Panik
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