Books, magazines, journals, blogs, and forums on development and social impact issues.

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Tackling Hero Entrepreneurship,
Daniela Papi Thornton

This report, including resources, tools, and life maps, was designed to help individuals, educators, and funders move us from a focus on the social entrepreneur to a focus on creating positive social impact. To get there, we need to help people work towards collective impact, give them the tools, accolades, and incentives to apprentice with problems they didn’t live before asking them to solve them, and support people to understand and build upon the existing efforts of others rather than “innovating” in a vacuum.

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Sci Dev Net,
SciDev.Net

Website of news, views, and analysis about science and technology for global development for development professionals, policymakers, researchers, the media, and the informed public.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review,
Stanford

Magazine and website written for and by social change leaders in the non-profit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues.

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Changemaking 101: A Student Guide to Social Entrepreneurship,
Ashoka U

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.

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Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, With a New Preface,
Paul Farmer

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.

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All Further Reading
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Being Wrong, Kathryn Schultz  

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.




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    Independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher, whose members and contributors include government officials, scholars, business executives, journalists, lawyers, and non-profit professionals.




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    Crowdfund It!, Anna Maguire  

    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.




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    Development as Freedom, Amartya Sen  

    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.




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    Job board, blog, and global community for development professionals, funding agencies, companies, and NGOs in 100 countries.




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    Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World, UC Berkeley: Ananya Roy, Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, Clare Talwalker  

    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.

    Keywords: Social Impact



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    Magazine that seeks to inspire, inform, and celebrate entrepreneurs and offer them solutions, tips, tools, and insider news to help them grow their businesses.




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    Entrepreneurship.org, Entrepreneurship.org  

    Forum and website supported by the Kauffman Foundation that provides educational tools, event listings, and various content for entrepreneurs.




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    Magazine that chronicles how companies create and compete, with regular coverage of innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design.




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    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.




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    Four Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank  

    Blank offers a four-step customer development process and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture.




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    Walks readers through the “entire process of launching a new company, product, or service, from concept to business success.”




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    Monthly magazine and website published by Harvard University that covers different industries, management functions, and geographic locations as well as topics such as leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and social entrepreneurship.




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    Innovations, Berkeley Engineering  

    A newsletter published by the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, featuring reports on groundbreaking research and other innovative projects by Berkeley engineers.




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    Innovations, MIT Press Jounrals - Philip E. Auerswald and Iqbal Z. Quadir, Editors Jointly hosted at George Mason University's School of Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship  

    Quarterly journal about innovation featuring cases by innovators, commentary and research from academics, and essays from executives and political leaders.




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    Platform for connecting makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology with each other, with products and services, and with partners.




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    Magazine published by MIT that whose “mission is to identify important new technologies–deciphering their practical impact and revealing how they will change our lives.”




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    Myths of Innovation, Scott Berkun  

    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.




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    NPR is a mission-driven, multimedia news organization and radio program producer. It is a network with a strong base of member stations and supporters nationwide. On-air and online, NPR presents fact-based, independent journalism that examines and airs diverse perspectives.




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    New York Times Fixes, David Bornstein & Tina Rosenberg  

    Blogs of opinions and reports that explores solutions to major social problems and examines creative initiatives that can shows differences between success and failure. Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work.




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    Website and blog bringing together business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise.




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    The daily news service of the Foundation Center publishes non-profit- and philanthropy-related articles and features as well as requests for proposals (RFPs) and notices of awards.

    Keywords: Social Impact



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    Poor Economics, Esther Duflo & Abhijit Banerjee  

    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.




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    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.




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    Seeing Like a State, James Scott  

    Scott investigates the experts, bureaucrats, and revolutionaries whose grandiose schemes to improve the human condition have inflicted untold misery on the twentieth century.




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    Website of news, insight, and opportunities created by the Skoll Foundation to accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.




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    Social Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Ryszard Praszkier & Andrzej Nowak  

    Praszkier and Nowak detail how social entrepreneurship can creatively solve pressing and seemingly insurmountable social problems.




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    Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, David Bornstein & Susan Davis  

    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.




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    Newsletter for all things startup, including latest events and news.




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    Venture capital investing and entrepreneurship articles and books written by early stage investor and entrepreneur Brad Feld




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    The Business Solution to Poverty, Paul Polak & Mal Warwick  

    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.




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    The Innovator’s Solution, Clayton Christensen, Michael Raynor  

    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.




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    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.

    Keywords: Social Impact



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    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.




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    TrustLaw Publications, Thompson Reuters Foundation  

    Overviews of legal information on a wide range of topics, including strutures for NGOs and startups.




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    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.




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