1.3: Understanding Social Entrepreneurship

Chapter 1, Unit 3.

Understanding Social Entrepreneurship

In this chapter:
Examples of Social Entrepreneurship | Social Entrepreneurship Today | Intro to Doing Social Entrepreneurship 


Listings of social entrepreneurs funded by Ashoka, Echoing Green, Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

David Bornstein - How to Change the World (book)
Traces the history of Ashoka and explores case studies of social entrepreneurs who have achieved sustainable change in their communities

John Elkington - The Power of Unreasonable People (book)
Centers on case studies of both for-profit and nonprofit social organizations (many of them in Asian and Indian countries), which are mined for ideas and theories regarding their impact on global markets and local communities.

PBS - The New Heroes (videos)
Tells the dramatic stories of 14 daring people from all corners of the globe who, against all odds, are successfully alleviating poverty and illness, combating unemployment and violence, and bringing education, light, opportunity and freedom to poor and marginalized people around the world.


Alex Nicholls - Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change (book)
Themed around the emerging agendas for developing new, sustainable models of social sector excellence and systemic impact, Social Entrepreneurship offers, for the first time, a wide-ranging, internationally-focused selection of cutting-edge work from leading academics, policy makers, and practitioners.

Dalberg - "Learning from Leaders in a Fast-Growing Field" (report)
Global survey on the challenges and strengths of social enterprises, the different models of change, and the factors that contribute to and limited success in the social innovation field

SSIR - Flux to Flex (article)
It's clear that there is a "new" brand of social entrepreneurship emerging—one that is more market-driven, measurement-oriented, and corporate-friendly than before. The question is: Will these trends lead to greater social impact?


Ashoka U - Changemaking 101 (guide)
A practical handbook for college students looking to start social ventures

David Bornstein - Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know (book)
What Everyone Needs to Know: Bornstein and Davis explain what social entrepreneurs are, how their organizations function, and what challenges they face... and most importantly, the book shows readers exactly how they can get involved.

J. Gregory Dees - Enterprising Nonprofits (book)
A hands-on resource that shows nonprofits how to adopt entrepreneurial behaviors and techniques

Rupert Scofield - The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook (book)
Gives you a practical plan for doing what you might have thought wasn't possible: becoming a driving force for good by using business practices typically reserved for amassing personal wealth.

Leslie Crutchfield - Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (book)
Authors studied 12 nonprofits that have achieved extraordinary levels of impact and distilled six counterintuitive practices that these organizations use to change the world. 

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