"Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men." -- Proverbs 8:31
Can one person make a difference for the poor, the helpless, and those with no hope? The case histories in this book will encourage you to think that it's more than possible: The process can be studied, taught, and encouraged as journalist David Bornstein recounts this point through his story of what the Ashoka foundation is doing to develop social entrepreneurs and establish a discipline that can be rapidly improved through sharing of best practices. Whether you are a social entrepreneur, want to become one, or want to encourage what they do, this book is must reading. It systematizes much of what is scattered throughout many speeches, good stories, brief articles, and a variety of excellent books.
The book's main weakness is that it doesn't do enough to draw more than big-picture conclusions about social entrepreneurs. To me, those profiled here simply look like successful business model innovators who care more about the social impact of what they do than the financial rewards for themselves. As a result, the book's focus is a little too narrow to be totally useful. There are also for-profit entrepreneurs who great vast amounts of social benefit using different, but similar, methods to what is described here. Both groups can learn a lot from one another. I suspect that there are also other streams of creativity conjoining as well, such as I often see accomplished by people who want to systematically raise up socially conscious entrepreneurs by the tens of millions in Africa, Asia, and South America.
I hope that this book will be updated and expanded in scope every year or two. That will be a great blessing for those who are interested in the field and those who want to help it advance.
Bornstein provides a good introduction to social entrepreneurship largely on the basis of personal stories and case studies related to the work of Ashoka and Bill Drayton, who has certainly been breaking new ground in developing and mainstreaming social entrepreneurship as a way of addressing social challenges in more innovative ways. Marrying business thinking, social committment with a focus on the individual successfully has certainly been an achievement of Ashoka, The book succeeds in telling that story, inspires emulation and provides at the same time an entertaining read.
Ich kann das Buch mit sehr gutem Gewissen empfehlen, denn es gibt ein gute, allgemeine Einführung in das Thema Social Entrepreneurship. Für wissenschaftlich, interessierte Personen ist dieses Buch nicht sehr aufschlussreich, denn es berichtet von praktischen Erfahrungen und konkreten Beispielen.