How to Change the World

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

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What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are, writes David Bornstein, the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up - and remake the world for the better. "How to Change the World" tells the fascinating stories of these remarkable individuals - many in the United States, others in countries from Brazil to Hungary - providing an "In Search of Excellence" for the nonprofit sector. In America, one man, J.B. Schramm, has helped thousands of low-income high school students get into college. In South Africa, one woman, Veronica Khosa, developed a home - based care model for AIDS patients that changed government health policy. In Brazil, Fabio Rosa helped bring electricity to hundreds of thousands of remote rural residents. Another American, James Grant, is credited with saving 25 million lives by leading and 'marketing' a global campaign for immunization. Yet another, Bill Drayton, created a pioneering foundation, Ashoka, that has funded and supported these social entrepreneurs and over a thousand like them, leveraging the power of their ideas across the globe. These extraordinary stories highlight a massive transformation that is going largely unreported by the media: around the world, the fastest - growing segment of society is the nonprofit sector, as millions of ordinary people- social entrepreneurs- are increasingly stepping in to solve the problems where governments and bureaucracies have failed. "How to Change the World" shows, as its title suggests, that with determination and innovation, even a single person can make a surprising difference. For anyone seeking to make a positive mark on the world, this will be both an inspiring read and an invaluable handbook.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195138058
  • 9780195138054
  • 2,044,947

About David Bornstein

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.show more

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...this is the best book I have read on social enterprise. Resurgence The stories are layered with inspiration. In Brief: a quarterly publication of EarthJusticeshow more

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