Are you a social entrepreneur who experienced challenges and now you’re seeking for some fresh solutions or inspiration to keep doing your good job? Are you a beginner who is lost in this vast field of social entrepreneurship? Are you just thinking about becoming a social entrepreneur, but before doing so you want to be sure what you are up to? No matter what is your answer, these three books might help you.
Jonathan C. Lewis – The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur
The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur is about powering up your social justice career. This book is a compendium of 21 original essays and insights – part memoir, part handbook – about the challenges and questions every social entrepreneur thinks about. For the novice changemaker, each chapter bristles with provocative tips and tools to transform your social justice career. Social entrepreneurs are a club of conscience. Sign up. Show up. Stand up.
Jason Haber – The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line
The Business of Good narrates the story behind social entrepreneurship as told by the individuals compelled to create a change in the world – not just another business. Serial and social entrepreneur Jason Haber intertwines case studies and anecdotes that show how social entrepreneurship is creating jobs, growing the economy, and ultimately changing the world. From Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social entrepreneurs are rebooting capitalism, challenging the charity industrial complex, and disrupting business models. Haber envelops the reader in the foundation of social entrepreneurship, from Benjamin Franklin to what he calls The Great Convergence, the turn-of-the-millennium zeitgeist shift which provided the fuel for social entrepreneurship’s surge to the forefront of business. Haber shares the stories of inspiring young people that are disrupting established norms and changing the world.
Ruth Shapiro – The Real Problem Solvers: Social Entrepreneurs in America
Today, “social entrepreneurship” describes a host of new initiatives, and often refers to approaches that are breaking from traditional philanthropic and charitable organizational behavior. What types of change have these social entrepreneurial efforts brought to the world of civil society and philanthropy? What works in today’s environment? And, what barriers are these new efforts breaking down as they endeavor to make the world a better place? The Real Problem Solvers brings together leading entrepreneurs, funders, investors, thinkers, and champions in the field to answer these questions from their own, first-person perspectives. In no other book are so many leaders presented side-by-side. Therefore, this is the ideal accessible and personal introduction for students of and newcomers to social entrepreneurship.