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Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 11, 2010
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“In nine short, well-written chapters, Yunus provides genuine insight into global poverty and a unique perspective on the ways in which social businesses can coexist with traditional businesses to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the world's citizens.”
“There are times when Professor Yunus' aims for Glasgow sound like something out of the Conservative's "Big Society" pitch. His latest book, Building Social Business, is 300 pages of Big Society pleading for people to go out there and create businesses which generate cash and contribute to the greater good at the same time.”
“Yunus’s approach is balanced and practical. There is no sermonising or the usual ‘we are from the not-for-profit sector and do gooders so we know best’ approach… one cannot but marvel at Yunus’s intense attempts to champion the cause of eradicating poverty. His is a case of a noted economist making a journey into the real world to face real problems and happily using his personal brand to strike tie-ups with leading multinationals to solve these problems. He needs to be read, understood; and he needs to be judged not only on his results, but on the sheer weight of his efforts. In India, good writing on the social sector is woefully inadequate. While high profile outfits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have helped raise visibility in the sector, there is still little understanding of social business. This is an excellent read in that space.”
About the Author
Karl Weber is a writer based in Irvington, New York. He co-authored Yunus’s best-selling book, Creating a World Without Poverty.
Top Customer Reviews
Yunus takes great pains to explain the concept, addressing many questions he frequently gets. It is different from a regular business in that all profits are rolled back into the business to create more social benefit, rather than paid out as dividends to investors or owners. He compares Social Business to many other efforts and kinds of organizations devoted to creating social good. For example, unlike a charity, Social Business is financially self-sustaining, not having to devote major resources to getting donations. It is attractive for people who wish to support social causes because the money they invest in a social business comes back to them, and can be re-invested to get further social returns. He also discusses NGOs, Social Marketing, Social Entrepreneurism Corporate Social Responsibility and various new kinds of organizations that are popping up.Read more ›
We run a social business in conjunction with the Yunus Center, the book inspired us to change how our company was structured resulting in amazing gains. My major criticism is however, major. Yunus describes various Grameen businesses, though he does not make the distinction which ones are social businesses and which are for profit. The context leaves one to believe that they are all socially structured and the only way one would know to the contrary is to have an on the ground knowledge of Grameen operations. What could have been interesting would be to instead embrace the truth and launch a chapter on why some Grameen companies became for-profit. He would have done well to tackle this ambiguity head on.
Reviewed by: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
This book is an excellent rendition on how to invest in
poor countries while getting a modest return and doing
much good at the same time. The classic profit maximization
model does not produce optimum results because many
working poor simply cannot afford the higher prices.
To some extent, this phenomenom is happening in the
USA. Hence, there are Grameen branches in Brooklyn
and Queens, New York.
Yunus guarantees loans to the poor ; thereby acting as
an intermediary. This is not much different from the
USA government guaranteeing certain loans to
borrowers. The result is that bankers are much more
willing to lend money due to the guaranteed payment.
Borrowers repay in small weekly amounts. Women
have great drive to overcome poverty. The Grameen
Bank lends $100 million dollars a month in
collateral free loans averaging $200 apiece .
The repayment rate is an astounding 98%.
Grameen lends money to beggars to sell toys,
households and foodstuffs door-to-door.
There are 100,000 beggars in the program.
Since implementation of the program, over
18,000 beggars have quit begging.
Grameen offers children of borrowers money to go
to school. And so, 50,000 students are pursuing
medicine and engineering coursework. This program
is microcredit or microfinance at its best. In some
cases, a mother may be illiterate and her children
go on to become physicians and engineers
due to the Grameen Bank.
Grameen Violia Water sells pure water at a price
that the poor can afford.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting book!! This is the kind of business that humankind needs to build in order to live in a more concious world.Published 1 month ago by Alejandro
This book is a must for anyone looking to be a part of solving the challenge of poverty in our planet! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alejendrah East
This is undoubtedly Yunus’ best and most useful book for it gives detailed advice to the interested reader how to create and run a social business. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. Peter Fritz Walter
Easy reading and with many phrases to meditate in our current life. How we can think out of the boxPublished 6 months ago by David Soto
I love everything it says! It must be in every library and it's an amazing material for every university or institution teaching development or any course about Entrepreneurship (... Read morePublished 10 months ago by durley
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