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How to Change the World epub ebook

by David Bornstein

How to Change the World epub ebook

Author: David Bornstein
Category: Job Hunting & Careers
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Edition Unstated edition (November 30, 2004)
Pages: 336 pages
ISBN: 0143032526
ISBN13: 978-0143032526
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 783
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According to journalist David Bornstein, social entrepreneurs are people with powerful ideas to improve other people’s lives who have implemented these ideas across cities, countries and, in some cases, the world. These are the doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, journalists and parents who solve social problems on a large scale and have a profound effect on society.

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas is a book by journalist David Bornstein about successful social innovation. The book explores the definition of a social entrepreneur in the modern world, and provides examples of ordinary people who formed organizations centered on making a difference.

Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world.

Mainly, the book introduces a series of detailed case studies of successful "unfinished". How to Change the World is one of the most interesting and inspiring books

Mainly, the book introduces a series of detailed case studies of successful "unfinished". How to Change the World is one of the most interesting and inspiring books. It basically gives you a good introduction about the work of Social Entrepreneurship; what it means, what it does or can do, who its heroes are, and how it can be applied effectively. What I find most interesting about this book is how the information is being presented.

It is emphatically a book about real people doing real things well

It is emphatically a book about real people doing real things well. Above all, this book shows that it takes creative individuals with fixed determination and indomitable will to propel the innovation that society needs to tackle its toughest problems.

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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.

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. Like business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs are creative, driven, and adventurous.

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.
Reviews (7)
This book was suggested to me by my faculty mentor as a resource for my research into establishing an NGO as part of Master’s Degree in Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tabor College. The concept of social entrepreneurship was new nomenclature for me but one that I’ve connected with deeply as a result of my time with this book. It is clear to me that the nonprofit sector can glean practical insights from the dozens of stories of real people, making real impact, both here in the United States and in the most impoverished places around our globe.

I highly recommend this book if for no other reason than the encouragement it gives for all of us who are striving to make the most of the philanthropic resources at our disposal. To quote Bornstein from his preface, “These visions may seem beyond reach today, but the stories in this book reveal that we can, in fact, change the world in ways that seem unbelievable.” Trust me, as you read the stories of people like Fabio Rosa working to bring electricity to rural Brazil, Erzsebet Szekeres working to secure assisted living for the Disabled in Hungary, and Jeroo Billimoria striving for child protection in India, you will be inspired to tackle your own seemingly impossible entrepreneurial endeavor.

This book shares the story of untold, unknown and invisible people who have changed the lives of hundreds of people. This book is about entrepreneurs. Jeroo Billimoria creates a hotline call center in India to save children from bullying on streets; Erzsebet Szekeres establishes care centers for disabled kids in Brazil; ... and many more examples like in this book are about the people who we never learn about unless we read this book. How to change the world is a great authorship work.
This book provides great entrepreneurial lessons along with real life examples from different parts of the world such as Africa, Bangladesh, India and Brazil. Reading this book you will learn about the real power of change in the hands of people who we never know. People who are out there with their hearts full of passion to change the world. Read this book and get inspired. Someday you would be able to change the world.

Social entrepreneurs are a relatively new breed in their field but their numbers are growing larger and their influence growing stronger each year. How to Change the World features the stories of several successful social entrepreneurs with personal stories that detail the challenges and many obstacles placed in their paths each day as the struggled to make the world a better place. Many of these entrepreneurs were considering a career that including the owning/operating of their own business enterprise. But instead of going for the money, these individuals chose a different path. They felt a life calling that was more directly associated with the improvement of individual lives and they accepted and embraced this challenge even though they could have made a much better living as a business entrepreneur.

This book includes more than twenty different stories of personal sacrifice and courage and most all of the stories are inspiring and memorable. The range of social activism is pretty wide in this book, even though improving health seems to be one of the primary concerns of a large percentage of these social entrepreneurs. Whether the cause is direct, like providing immunizations against polio, or indirect and ongoing, like educating cultures about the importance of sanitary conditions, each of the stories offered in this book is unique in its own way and its methods and successes vary from one entrepreneur and one location to the next. Some of the stories are very positive and have been very successful, almost from the start. Others have been more frustrating for the parties involved and have required greater patience and strategy to achieve desired results.

Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and he speaks at many points throughout the book. Drayton's Ashoka organization is responsible for the continued financial and moral support of many of the social entrepreneurs presented in this book and if I'm not mistaken, all of the success stories presented in How to Change the World include individuals who are members of Ashoka. This association of social entrepreneurs has strict guidelines and only the most dedicated individuals to their respective causes are selected to become Ashoka fellows. At present, Ashoka has grown to more than two thousand fellows in more than sixty nations around the world and it continues to grow in influence as the profession of social entrepreneurialism continues to grow and thrive.

If there is any small criticism to make with How to Change the World, it would be the fact that it doesn't directly explain how to change the world. When I first heard of this book, I assumed it was going to be a book about social activism and the necessary steps needed to get licensed, jump the regulation hurdles, etc. to become a social entrepreneur. Instead, this is a book about success stories. There is no direct explanation on what to do if one decides to become a social entrepreneur. The actions of the leaders in each story are meant to serve as inspiration and as an example of what steps to take. Also, it would be nice if the book included more statistical facts to illustrate the success stories. I fully believe what the book says, but having more numeric illustrations, graphs, tables, etc., would enhance this book.

Overall, How to Change the World is a very good book about the difference that a few hard- working and determined individuals can make when they decide to take up an important cause and press forward with their dreams for social change. The stories the book presents are inspiring in their own unique ways and they illustrate the difficulties, challenges, frustrations, and triumphs that one can experience when they decide to take on the role of a social entrepreneur.

I ordered this book for a public health class in college. It's got inspiring stories of social entrepreneurs-- each chapter is dedicated to a different cause/person behind the cause. It's a little dry unless you're really into the material (wanting inspiration as an entrepreneur yourself)-- each chapter is an account of an entrepreneur but it's not always super personal.

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