- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Updated edition (September 17, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195334760
- ISBN-13: 978-0195334760
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- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Published in over twenty countries, How to Change the World has become the Bible for social entrepreneurship. It profiles men and women from around the world who have found innovative solutions to a wide variety of social and economic problems. Whether they work to deliver solar energy to Brazilian villagers, or improve access to college in the United States, social entrepreneurs offer pioneering solutions that change lives.
Discover surprising facts about social entrepreneurs from author David Bornstein
"Wonderfully hopeful and enlightening.... The stories of these social entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage many people who seek to build a better world." --Nelson Mandela
"The book is must reading for anyone who cares about building a more equitable, and therefore more stable, world."--William J. Holstein, New York Times
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"David Bornstein's How to Change the World provides a wonderful introduction to social entrepreneurship. It is engaging, inspiring, and informative, weaving Bornstein's thoughtful commentary with a set of rich, diverse, and instructive examples. It is the first book I recommend to interested students." -- Professor J. Gregory Dees, Faculty Director, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
"A fascinating book.... Well-documented cases of grassroots entrepreneurial activities to tackle such diverse social problems as child abuse, disability, illiteracy, and environmental degradation give life to it." --Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Business Week
"This pioneering book details the development of social entrepreneurship globally with useful case studies and thoughtful analysis throughout. It represents one of the core teaching materials we use at Oxford."--Dr Alex Nicholls, Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, Oxford University
"One of the most powerful transformative forces in this century is social entrepreneurship and this book insightfully probes these entrepreneurial change agents driving this process. Enriching reading for students and practitioners seeking to build a better world."--James E. Austin, Snider Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, and Co-Founder of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative
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I highly recommend this book if for no other reason than the encouragement it gives for all of us who are striving to make the most of the philanthropic resources at our disposal. To quote Bornstein from his preface, “These visions may seem beyond reach today, but the stories in this book reveal that we can, in fact, change the world in ways that seem unbelievable.” Trust me, as you read the stories of people like Fabio Rosa working to bring electricity to rural Brazil, Erzsebet Szekeres working to secure assisted living for the Disabled in Hungary, and Jeroo Billimoria striving for child protection in India, you will be inspired to tackle your own seemingly impossible entrepreneurial endeavor.
This book provides great entrepreneurial lessons along with real life examples from different parts of the world such as Africa, Bangladesh, India and Brazil. Reading this book you will learn about the real power of change in the hands of people who we never know. People who are out there with their hearts full of passion to change the world. Read this book and get inspired. Someday you would be able to change the world.
I read this book from three perspectives and each provided a unique but constant insight. As a working woman, I admired the strength, tenacity and unwavering determination of each of the profiled social entrepreneur. As a graduate student, I analyzed each individual's techniques and searched for the common thread and motivation among social entrepreneurs. And as a compassionate person, my immediate reaction is to find my place in social entrepreneurship and start doing my part.
The profiles are written in a way that is factual and informative but also possess an underlying emotional component that sucks you in like a good fiction novel. By the end of each chapter I had a newfound respect for social entrepreneurship and organizations like Ashoka who seek to help bright social entrepreneurs take the steps needed to make change happen. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the field, interested in the field, or simply looking for an inspirational read.