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  • Series: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195396332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195396331
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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



More About the Author

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.

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It's a fairly quick read and I highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in learning about a unique way to help others.
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David Bornstein and Susan Davis, two scholars of social innovation, offer a truly inspiring book about the noble, burgeoning field of "social entrepreneurship."
Rolf Dobelli
I felt as though the writers knew me personally, and I gleaned much and was encouraged tremendously throughout every page of this book.
Kelly Ashmore Shaddock

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo on July 28, 2010
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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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Edwards on October 2, 2010
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debbi Brock on February 12, 2011
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Pryor on June 5, 2010
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marci Alboher on August 27, 2010
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We spend most of our days taking in messages about all the problems and wrongs plaguing the world, but Bornstein provides a fresh approach -- highlighting the visionaries who are doing something to fix all those things that need fixing. Whether you're new to world of social entrepreneurship or working in the field, this book will leave you inspired to join the leaders who are showing that it is possible to do work that has lasting impact. This book should be required reading for students of all ages, and for decision-makers around the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mal Warwick on June 25, 2012
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bridget Hirthe on April 25, 2011
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This text goes through methodology of changing communities with others. I thought it had some great ideas for initiating a change to take place and ways to get others on board.
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