Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation : International Case Studies and Practice

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Social innovation and social entrepreneurship look for creative and affordable solutions to specific societal problems. Fuelled by the spread of the internet and the ubiquity of mobile phones, there are more people working to solve pressing social and environmental problems in the world today than ever before. Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation presents the journeys of pioneering - and often accidental - social innovators who, faced with a problem, used their courage, tenacity and creative thinking to find a solution.

Using their own words to reflect upon their experiences, these cases do not gloss over the setbacks and the dead-ends social entrepreneurs can face. Instead, readers will gain a realistic insight into the challenges and an engaging look at the problem-solving mindset needed to overcome them. From a life-saving project to bring solar-powered lighting to midwives in Nigeria, to a news dissemination service that's grown from small beginnings to have a global impact, each case study draws out the lessons learnt by the innovators, providing guidance and advice for those looking to follow in their footsteps. Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation is an invaluable resource for social entrepreneurs and innovators looking for new ideas and insight into what really works - and what doesn't.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 168 x 238 x 15mm | 515g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0749475919
  • 9780749475918
  • 1,010,164

Table of contents

Chapter - 00: Introduction [Ken Banks of];
Chapter - 01: Wonders of the Solar System: Reducing Maternal Mortality in Developing Regions [Laura Stachel of We Care Solar];
Chapter - 02: Closing Latin America's Digital Divide [Rodrigo Baggio of Centre for Digital Inclusion (CDI)];
Chapter - 03: Patent Wars: Fighting Big Pharma to Enable Access to Drugs for All [Priti Radhakrishnan of I-MAK];
Chapter - 04: Data Science, Technology and Design for Social Justice [Jessica Anderson and Joumana al Jabri of Visualizing Impact];
Chapter - 05: Bringing the Silicon Valley Revolution in Technology and Business to Global Healt [Joel Selanikio of Magpi];
Chapter - 06: Food Waste Meets Food Poverty: Closing the Loop [Kelvin Cheung and Michael Norton of Foodcycle];
Chapter - 07: Innovation in Africa's Silicon Savannah [Erik Hersman of Ushahidi];
Chapter - 08: Touch-Based Treatment for Autism [Louisa Silva of Qigong Sensory Training Institute (QSTI)];
Chapter - 09: Reconnecting the Disconnected: A Story of Technology, Refugees and Finding Lost Family [David and Christopher Mikkelsen of Refugees United];
Chapter - 10: Let a Billion Readers Bloom [Brij Kothari of Planet Read];
Chapter - 11: Keep Calm and Dream in Tunisia: Supporting Sustainable Development in Tunisia and North Africa Through Empowering Youth, Women and Farmers [Sarah Toumi of Dream in Tunisia];
Chapter - 12: The Reluctant Geneticist [Sharon Terry of Genetic Alliance];
Chapter - 13: Power to the People: Reengineering Democracy [Tarik Nesh Nash of Govright]
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"Full of hope. A book that will inspire."
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"Full of hope. A book that will inspire."--Peter Gabriel "Musician " "I believe this collection of stories of passion and impact will leave people hungering for more and will inspire more than a few readers to explore their passions and translate them into incremental stories of meaningful change."--Alex Moen "Vice President of Explorer Programs, National Geographic " "The case studies in Ken's book show that we really can all learn from everyone, anywhere, and often it's the stories from countries or areas of expertise we don't know that draw us in the most. But the common traits of belief in a vision, of using data to build evidence for that vision and of altruism and helping others, which drives these innovators far more than the motive to persuade a consumer to upgrade their gadget to the latest model, make it a practical book you can apply to whatever your country or area of work might be."--Laurie Lee "Chief Executive, CARE International UK " "The world's most challenging problems are being taken on by people motivated by their personal passions, informed by their deep understanding of local realities and shaped by their frustration with inadequate solutions. Ken Banks and the other remarkable innovators here offer inspiration and insight into building practical solutions while calling into question established wisdom about social innovation. This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to solve problems with global implications through local knowledge and involvement."--Ethan Zuckerman "Director of the Centre for Civic Media, MIT " "These real-occasionally raw-stories do more than capture the life of the committed social entrepreneur than anything else I've read. Inspiring, yes, but even better, it works as a real world case-based manual for how to create change for the better."--Kevin Starr "Managing Director, Mulago Foundation " "This book is required reading for any student or anyone interested in technology-based invention to improve peoples' lives, and social innovation as a potential life path. Its honest stories of unforeseen challenges and unexpected opportunities from the people encountering them both are an inspiration and refreshing reality check."--Joshua Schuler "Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program " "This important, timely book gives the reader an invaluable insight into the workings of the world of social entrepreneurship. It is a must-read for students, practitioners, policy makers and anyone with a passing interest in how to work for the greater good."--Professor Klaus Schwab "Founder of the World Economic Forum " "This book is a refreshing antidote to pessimism about the potential of individuals influencing 'social change.' The author of each chapter has a personal story to tell, but each in such a way that it helps us to better understand the different ways it is possible to make that change happen."--Dr. Elizabeth Harrison "Head of International Development, University of Sussex "
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About Peter Gabriel

Ken Banks, founder of global non-profit organization, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world. He is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at CARE International in 2015, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2012, and in 2013 he was nominated for the prestigious TED Prize.
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