How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition

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Oxford University Press, Sep 17, 2007 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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Now published in more than twenty countries, David Bornstein's How to Change the World has become the bible for social entrepreneurship--in which men and women around the world are finding innovative solutions to a wide variety of social and economic problems. Whether delivering solar energy to Brazilian villagers, expanding work opportunities for disabled people across India, creating a network of home-care agencies to serve poor people with AIDS in South Africa, or bridging the college-access gap in the United States, social entrepreneurs are pioneering problem-solving models that will reshape the 21st century. How to Change the World provides vivid profiles of many such individuals and what they have in common. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world. The case studies in the book include Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the international campaign against landmines she ran by e-mail from her Vermont home; Roberto Baggio, a 31-year old Brazilian who has established eighty computer schools in the slums of Brazil; and Diana Propper, who has used investment banking techniques to make American corporations responsive to environmental dangers. The paperback edition will offer a new foreword by the author that shows how the concept of social entrepreneurship has expanded and unfolded over the last few years, including the Gates-Buffetts charitable partnership, the rise of Google, and the increased mainstream coverage of the subject. The book will also update the stories of individual social entrepreneurs that appeared in the cloth edition.

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Journalist Bornstein (The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank) profiles nine indomitable champions of social change who developed innovative ways to address needs they saw around them in ... Read full review

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One of the best books I have read so far. The concept of social entrepreneurs, how such passionate and innovative people work inspite of tremendous hardship for the social good is simply amazing and highly motivating. This book is full of wonderful real stories they have been explained in wonderful way. Simply wonderful book. 


1 Restless People
2 From Little Acorns Do Great Trees Grow
3 The Light in My Head Went On
4 The Fixed Determination of an Indomitable Will
5 A Very Significant Force
6 Why Was I Never Told about This?
7 TenNineEightChildline
8 The Role of the Social Entrepreneur
15 Something Needed to Be Done
16 Four Practices of Innovative Organizations
17 This Country Has to Change
18 Six Qualities of Successful Social Entrepreneurs
19 Morality Must March with Capacity
20 Blueprint Copying
The Emergence of the Citizen Sector

9 What Sort of a Mother Are You?
10 Are They Possessed Really Possessed by an Idea?
11 If the World Is to Be Put in Order
12 In Search of Social Excellence
13 The Talent Is Out There
14 New Opportunities New Challenges
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Page xxv - One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on Life's highway.

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David Bornstein is a journalist who specializes in writing about social innovation. His first book, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank was selected as a finalist for the New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times, and he co-wrote the PBS documentary "To Our Credit." He lives in New York City.

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