Social entrepreneurship involves the application of business practices to the pursuit of social and/or environmental mission. It brings the mindset, principles, strategies, tools and techniques of entrepreneurship to the social sector, yielding innovative solutions to the vexing problems facing society – poverty, hunger, inadequate housing and homelessness, unemployment and under-employment, illiteracy, disease, environmental degradation, etc. It finds solutions where government and private sector efforts have not.
Berkun shows how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world.
Blank offers a four-step customer development process and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture.
The third edition of Crowdfund it! features an expanded section on equity crowdfunding, updated case studies and profiles plus details of several new fundraising websites. The book is a comprehensive guide to the global crowdfunding phenomenon, which was expected to raise over $US5 billion for projects of all kinds worldwide in 2013. Fully revised for this third edition, it offers expert advice for creatives, start-ups and not-for-profits who are considering running an online fundraising campaign.
Venture capital investing and entrepreneurship articles and books written by early stage investor and entrepreneur Brad Feld
Encountering Poverty challenges mainstream frameworks of global poverty by going beyond the claims that poverty is a problem that can be solved through economic resources or technological interventions. By focusing on the power and privilege that underpin persistent impoverishment and using tools of critical analysis and pedagogy, the authors explore the opportunities for and limits of poverty action in the current moment. Encountering Poverty invites students, educators, activists, and development professionals to think about and act against inequality by foregrounding, rather than sidestepping, the long history of development and the ethical dilemmas of poverty action today.
Through the lens of a provocative set of case studies, The Self-Help Myth reveals how philanthropy maintains systems of inequality by attracting attention to the behavior of poor people while shifting the focus away from structural inequities and relationships of power that produce poverty.
Tool featured on the Ashoka U website (http://ashokau.org/) that serves as a comprehensive introduction to social entrepreneurship, complete with: resources to learn more deeply about this approach to social change; replicable models of social entrepreneurship at work on college campuses; strategies for how to build momentum for social entrepreneurship activities; tips and tools to be an effective student leader and changemaker; and ideas for starting a social entrepreneurship club, launching a venture, or adding a social entrepreneurship-oriented perspective to an existing club.
By analyzing of a rich body of evidence, including the hundreds of randomized control trials that Banerjee and Duflo’s lab has pioneered, the two economists show why the poor, despite having the same desires and abilities as anyone else, end up with entirely different lives.
Walks readers through the “entire process of launching a new company, product, or service, from concept to business success.”
Scott investigates the experts, bureaucrats, and revolutionaries whose grandiose schemes to improve the human condition have inflicted untold misery on the twentieth century.
Schultz provides an illuminating exploration of what it means to be in error, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume (or loudly insist) that they are right about most everything.
Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with 20 years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world’s poor is the most important human rights struggle of our times.
Polak agues that promising governmental and philanthropic efforts to end poverty have not reached scale because they lack the incentives of the market to attract massive resources.
Scofield provides an roadmap for starting up and running a non-profit or social business, sharing personal success stories and advice on what not to do.
Praszkier and Nowak detail how social entrepreneurship can creatively solve pressing and seemingly insurmountable social problems.
Sen, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, argues that freedom is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world’s entire population.
Prahalad argues that the world’s five billion poor make up the the fastest growing market in the world; he describes how the market has vast untapped buying power and represents an enormous potential for companies who can profitably serve the poor.
Christensen advances his idea of disruption, arguing that companies place too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers and should rather focus on “disruptive technologies” that can keep them ahead of the competition.
Collins and his co-authors conducted year-long interviews with impoverished villagers and slum dwellers in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa, to explain how the poor find solutions to their everyday financial problems.
Bornstein and Davis define who social entrepreneurs are, how their organizations function, and what challenges they face, to give readers an understanding of what differentiates social entrepreneurship from standard business ventures and traditional non-profit work.