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Acknowledgments A Note on Terms Introduction Part One: Defining Social Entrepreneurship What is social entrepreneurship? When did it emerge as a global movement? Who are the pioneers? What does a social entrepreneur do? What are social entrepreneurs like? What is the difference between social and business entrepreneurship? What are the differences between social entrepreneurship and government? How is social entrepreneurship different from activism? What is the relationship between social entrepreneurship and democracy? Part Two: Challenges of Causing Change What are the main financial constraints? How do social entrepreneurs build organizations and enterprises? Can the field attract and cultivate talented workers? How do social entrepreneurs evaluate their impact? What is the difference between scale and impact? What's stopping social change? Part Three: Envisioning an Innovating Society How is social entrepreneurship changing minds? How could schools nurture social innovators? What is being done at the university level? What can governments do to engage more successfully with social entrepreneurs? How is social entrepreneurship influencing business? Can philanthropy be more effective? How will the field of social entrepreneurship influence journalism? How can individuals prepare themselves to participate in the field of social entrepreneurship? Appendix A Selected Bibliography

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David Bornstein specializes in writing about social innovation. He is the author of The Price of a Dream and How to Change the World, which has been published in 20 languages. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and many other publications globally. He co-wrote the PBS documentary "To Our Credit." He is the founder of, a Web site devoted to uncovering stories of change. He lives in New York City. Susan Davis is a thought leader in international development and civil society innovation. She is a founder and current President & CEO of BRAC USA, a newly created organization to support BRAC's global expansion to Africa and other countries in Asia. In addition she was a founding board member and Chair of the Grameen Foundation and current board member. She also serves on the international board committee that selects Ashoka Fellows and is a mentor and coach for the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship.


"Excellent!" --Nicholas Kristof, New York Times "Order this book and read it immediately...This book gives you some great ways to understand and apply the whole idea of entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship." --Tom Suddes, The Suddes Group, "The most essential starter guide to the field I've yet seen." "A great primer of social entrepreneurship, trends, and a look into the future." --Encouragizers "This book is an excellent way to get a snapshot of everything going on in the Social Entrepreneurship space." "Practical offer[s] concrete examples of the challenges faced by social ventures and shedding light on the issues that make social enterprises different from traditional businesses." "The first to give an excellent overview of what being a social entrepreneur is all about. You'll learn what the difference is between a social entrepreneurship and a regular business venture and traditional non-profits. If you think you want to innovate unique social solutions to unique social problems for your encore career, this is the place to start." --Lin Schreiber, founder of

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