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10 of the most inspiring books for the social entrepreneur

10 of the most inspiring books for the social entrepreneur

Article · By Kerry Needs on January 31, 2017


When you’re wanting to make a difference, it can be lonely and difficult on the road to your social enterprise dream. So take some time out, curl up with a cuppa and get motivated with these ten fantastic reads.


  1. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein

Looking for inspiration and motivation to make a positive impact? This book by David Bornstein details stories, analysis, initiatives and anecdotes on how just one person can change the world.


  1. 51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship: Social Impact Through Business, An Actionable Q&A  by Neetal Parekyh

If you’re overwhelmed on your journey towards becoming a social entrepreneur, read this book. It will help you get clear in your mind how to create and scale your business by asking you the right questions.


  1. Start Something that matters by Blake Mycosie

The man behind one of the most famous social enterprises, ‘TOMS’, wrote this book for those who are inspired to make a positive difference. Blake now says he is inspired beyond his own enterprise to encourage others who want to go down the same path.


  1. The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

When asking a boy in India what he wanted the most, Adam Braun was surprised when the boy said ‘a pencil’. Fast forward a few years later, and Adam’s social enterprise, ‘Pencils of Promise’ has built more than 200 schools across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and delivered over 30 million educational hours to children in poverty.


  1. Building Social Business: The New kind of Capitalism that serves humanitys most pressing needs by Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunis calls social enterprises ‘social business’ - where their goal is to create self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth as they produce goods and services to fulfill human needs.


  1. The Business of Good by Jason Haber

If you’re looking for inspiring stories, The Business of Good is jam packed full of them. With case studies, anecdotes and stories from social entrepreneurs, Jason demonstrates how social enterprise is not just a passing trend.


  1. Do the KIND thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately by Daniel Lubetzky

If you’re socially curious, you may be interested in this book by KIND healthy snacks founder. Daniel shares examples from his own experience, and his incredible story. He started his career hand selling a sun-dried tomato spread made collaboratively by Jews and Arabs in the war-torn Middle East. Despite early setbacks, he never lost his faith in his vision of a  not-only-for-profit’ business; one that sold great products and also helped make the world a better place.


  1. Start with Why  by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek’s Start with Why is about starting your business or social enterprise from the heart - from the reason why you set it up in the first place. He gives examples of successful people and businesses who have ‘started with why’, and how it moves large amounts of people to take action.


  1. The Lean StartUp by Eric Ries

The Lean startup is one of those books that makes you think. It’s not just for social entrepreneurs. It’s about testing your vision on your audience, and adapting your vision, making sure you are constantly innovating. If you’re interested in social innovation, be sure to check this one out.


  1. How to be a Social Entrepreneur: Make Money and Change the World by Robert Ashton

Robert Ashton is a social entrepreneur, author and campaigner. He decided to write the book as he realised many social entrepreneurs were facing the same challenges - how to get funded, how to inspire others, and measuring the impact that you’re having.

Article by:

Kerry Needs
on January 31, 2017

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