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 of whom are Ashoka Fellows. These 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 stepping in to solve many of the world’s most intractable problems where bureaucracies have failed. For anyone seeking to make a positive mark on the world, this will be both an inspiring read and an invaluable handbook. It will change the way you see the world.
Bornstein’s book has quickly become the classic introduction to the growing field of social entrepreneurship. The New York Times has called the book “must reading for anyone who cares about building a more equitable, and therefore stable, world.”
Oxford Press has so far completed seven printings for the U.S. market. Penguin Books India so far has produced 50,000 copies. The Spanish version has three runs to date in Spain, and the book has launched in Latin America. The book is available in Portuguese, French, German, Polish, Turkish, Urdu, Bahasa (Indonesia), Tamil, Japanese, and both classical (Taiwan) and simplified (China) Chinese.
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“This a wonderfully hopeful and enlightening book. The stories of these social entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage people who seek to build a better world.” -Nelson Mandela
“How to Change the World shows that with determination and innovation one single individual can carry out a project that could change the way we solve the biggest problems in the world.” -Cinco Dias
"The social entrepreneurs chronicled in this book are part of the vital generation of independent, creative leaders who are sparking social changes in the United States and in parts of the world where people are most in need. We will be hearing much more from them in the years to come." – Bill Bradley, Former US Senator
"Human progress has always been led by visionary individuals who seek a better future and dedicate their lives to realizing that promise. These social entrepreneurs tackle some of the world's toughest challenges with grit and determination. Bornstein has given us that rarest of gifts: a book about hope, courage, and the power of those extraordinary men and women who change the world." –Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman, Skoll Foundation
"David Bornstein's book will touch the hearts and minds of many. I hope it will get the wide readership it deserves. Without the effort and energy of civil society the odds are against the fulfillment of all the development needs of today's world, especially the developing world. Pick up a copy and spread the word!" –Arminio Fraga, Former Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil