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How to Change the World is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Estonian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Complex Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Tamil, Kannada, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, Polish and Russian.
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD tells the stories of people who have both changed their lives and found ways to change the world. It tell stories of people who have discovered how to use their talents and energy to advance deeply meaningful changes — defiant people who refuse to accept the status quo, who simply cannot sit still in the face of injustice, suffering or wastefulness. The book shows (and analyzes) how innovators advance new models to solve social and economic problems — how they make headway against the odds. Full of hope and energy, pragmatic solutions and compelling characters, this book will be practical and inspiring reading for individuals who seek to understand the fast growing field of “social entrepreneurship” and discover opportunities to enrich their work and their lives. Whether they are teachers or management consultants, bankers or doctors, nurses or social workers, writers or engineers, the people in this book are successfully demonstrating that one person with initiative and the courage to try out a new idea, along with a determination to seek out and connect with other changemakers, can advance changes that improve the lives and unleash the potential of thousands or even millions of others.
For anyone seeking to expand their sense of possibility, to pursue a challenging career path, or to discover a vibrant and colorful landscape of activity that remains hidden from view, this book will be both an inspiring read and an invaluable handbook. It will change the way you see the world.
The New York Times: “[M]ust reading for anyone who cares about building a more equitable and stable world.”
Nelson Mandela: “This is a wonderfully hopeful and enlightening book. The stories of these social entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage many people who seek to build a better world.”
Business Week: “A fascinating book… Well-documented cases of grassroots entrepreneurial activities to tackle such diverse social problems as child abuse, disability, illiteracy, and environmental degradation give life to it.”
Senator Bill Bradley: “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 world where people are most in need.”
Jeffrey Skoll, co-founder of eBay: “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.”
Arminio Fraga, former governor of the central bank of Brazil: “David Bornstein’s book will touch the hearts and minds of many. I hope it will get the wide readership it deserves. Pick up a copy and spread the word!”
Harvard Business Review: “Engaging…With a combination of ingenious practical solutions, a gift for hearing the concerns of the potential beneficiaries, and hardheaded persistence, many of these social entrepreneurs have succeeded.”
The New York Observer: “[A]n affecting and bracing antidote to the creeping, cynical mind-set that insists that profound social change is impossible…This is idealism wedded to hard-nosed pragmatism.”
THE PRICE OF A DREAM: THE STORY OF THE GRAMEEN BANK
Read about how Muhammad Yunus created the organization that transformed the way the world fights poverty and was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
Jane Jacobs, author of The Death And Life Of Great American Cities: “[A] splendid book. A careful, monumental piece of work, and it so greatly transcends research and reporting because of [Bornstein’s] common sense, good judgment and sympathy, which infuses the whole thing. The information on experiences, puzzles and possibilities will be wonderfully useful in North America.”
Jill Ker Conway, author of The Road From Coorain: “This book is so well written, and so packed with stories that no one will believe that it is a treatise on development economics. The story of the Grameen Bank has never been better told. It should be compulsory reading in every development agency, and in every North American program to aid the urban poor.”
Wilson Quarterly: “A real page turner on economic development? Unlikely as it sounds, that is exactly what Bornstein has produced. [The Price of a Dream] makes it dramatically clear that the Grameen Bank has pioneered a far better way to help the poor than the massive, top-down schemes so long favored by the World Bank and other international development agencies. Bornstein’s account [is] superb.”
David Korten, author of Getting To The 21st Century: “[Bornstein] is an exceptional writer and story teller. [The Price of a Dream] is a fascinating and heroic portrayal of one of the great social entrepreneurs of all time. It is as well a real page turner. I could hardly put it down. An inspiration for other social entrepreneurs.”
Library Journal: “Bornstein’s tale is memorable and often inspirational, and he tells it exceedingly well.”
Kirkus Reviews: “A genuinely amazing story and an interesting read in an age when aid to the poor is demonized.”
The Montreal Gazette: “Like the [Grameen] Bank, Bornstein trusts experience more than theory. He doesn’t patronize; he listens; he gives voice to the voiceless…The result is something rare and valuable: a book, written by an outsider, that gives a compelling sense of daily life in one of the world’s poorest countries.”
The Los Angeles Times: “Conscientious [and] carefully researched… Bornstein brings his subject to life.”
Social entrepreneurs are advancing creative responses to many of the world’s toughest problems. This book provides a general overview of the field and explore where it is heading. It looks at what social entrepreneurs do, how their organizations work, and how their approach differs from traditional models in government, business and the social sector. It helps readers learn how to think like social innovators.
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