Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 16, 2010 - Business & Economics - 147 pages
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In development circles, there is now widespread consensus that social entrepreneurs represent a far better mechanism to respond to needs than we have ever had before--a decentralized and emergent force that remains our best hope for solutions that can keep pace with our problems and create a more peaceful world.David Bornstein's previous book on social entrepreneurship, How to Change the World, was hailed by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times as "a bible in the field" and published in more than twenty countries. Now, Bornstein shifts the focus from the profiles of successful social innovators in that book--and teams with Susan Davis, a founding board member of the Grameen Foundation--to offer the first general overview of social entrepreneurship. In a Q & A format allowing readers to go directly to the information they need, the authors map out social entrepreneurship in its broadest terms as well as in its particulars.Bornstein and Davis explain what social entrepreneurs are, how their organizations function, and what challenges they face. The book will give readers an understanding of what differentiates social entrepreneurship from standard business ventures and how it differs from traditional grant-based non-profit work. Unlike the typical top-down, model-based approach to solving problems employed by the World Bank and other large institutions, social entrepreneurs work through a process of iterative learning--learning by doing--working with communities to find unique, local solutions to unique, local problems. Most importantly, the book shows readers exactly how they can get involved.Anyone inspired by Barack Obama's call to service and who wants to learn more about the essential features and enormous promise of this new method of social change, Social Entrepreneurship is the ideal first place to look.
 

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While this book might be appropriate for someone completely new to the field and perhaps from a limited academic background, it is a little bit too reductionist and simplistic. Portrays entrepreneurship as this hero that can solve world problems and entrepreneurs as just those special species, this book doesn't convince me very much because good points are too often thrown in very general terms. The occasional examples are not that great either. I'm not particularly thrilled by the example of the CEO of some corporate was aspired to do what she does after being exposed to the "third world" and going with her (probably) wealthy father to see Lower East Side New York. The book reads easy but I don't find much satisfaction from it.  

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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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Contents

Part I Defining Social Entrepreneurship
1
Part II Challenges of Causing Change
48
Part III Envisioning an Innovating Society
75
APPENDIX A
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David Bornstein specializes in writing about social innovation. He is the author of The Price of a Dream and How to Change the World, which has been published in 20 languages. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and many other publications globally. He co-wrote the PBS documentary "To Our Credit." He is the founder of Dowser.org, a Web site devoted to uncovering stories of change. He lives in New York City.

Susan Davis is a thought leader in international development and civil society innovation. She is a founder and current President & CEO of BRAC USA, a newly created organization to support BRAC's global expansion to Africa and other countries in Asia. In addition she was a founding board member and Chair of the Grameen Foundation and current board member. She also serves on the international board committee that selects Ashoka Fellows and is a mentor and coach for the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship.

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