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

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

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By (author) David Bornstein

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 23mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195334760
  • ISBN 13: 9780195334760
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 29,220

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David Bornstein's How to Change the World is the first book to study a remarkable and growing group of individuals around the world-what Bornstein calls social entrepreneurs. These men and women are bringing innovative, and successful, grass-roots approaches to a wide variety of social and economic problems, from rural poverty in India to discrimination against gypsies in Central Europe; from industrial pollution in the United States to child prostitution in Thailand. Like business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs are creative, driven, and adventurous. The embrace change, exploit new opportunities, and think big. In How to Change the World, Bornstein provides vivid profiles of many such individuals, looking at the personalities, strategies, and techniques they have in common. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will see how social entrepreneurs bring about structural changes in their societies-in other words, how one human being can make a difference. 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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Author information

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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"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 "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