Here are 5 Must Read Books For Social Entrepreneurs From 2014. These books cover everything from inspiration stories to impact investing.
The riveting story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life. Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career.
But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world.
The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality, even if you start with as little as $25. His story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling. *All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise.
If you’re an entrepreneur on a mission to make a difference in the world, Agent of Impact was written for you. Through sharing her personal triumphs, epic failures, and all the entrepreneurial phases in between, Megan poignantly and passionately illustrates why mission-driven entrepreneurs struggle with marketing in the noisy social landscape. If you’re tired of the smorgasbord of definitive guides, webinars, courses, and eBooks showing you how to simply show up with something to sell… and you’re looking for inspiration and guidance to show up with something to SAY through your work, you’ve picked the right book.
Agent of Impact toes the line between memoir and manifesto: one-part deeply personal story of a mission-driven entrepreneur led astray and one-part moving declaration and beacon of hope for those looking to inspire the masses and influence change through business.
A new wave of investors is using impact investing to address some of the greatest challenges of our time—from climate change and water scarcity to lack of access to health care, education, and affordable housing—with the intention of also generating a financial return. This couldn’t happen at a more critical time. While philanthropy continues to be a transformative force for good, global philanthropic funds, even when combined with the development or aid budgets of many national governments, add up to mere billions of dollars.
Meanwhile, the cost of solving the world’s problems runs into the trillions. In The Power of Impact Investing, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg, two of the foremost experts in the field, explain what impact investing is, how it compares to philanthropy and traditional investments, where opportunities are evolving around the world, and how to get started.
By sharing moving stories of impact investors and the exciting social enterprises benefiting from these investments, Rodin and Brandenburg offer a compelling resource for anyone interested in better understanding the power of impact investing—including retail investors, high-net-worth individuals, and heads of family offices, foundations, banks, and pension funds—while also offering experienced impact investors an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and benefit from the perspectives of other investors.
Social enterprise is an up and coming phenomenon around the world. Businesses with the primary aim of bettering the world. Social enterprises are claiming a distinct place amongst commercial enterprises, charities, and public sector organizations.
This book paints an inspiring picture of the social enterprise, what it is and what it is not. How it works and what the challenges are. With a wide range of examples from the Netherlands, most of which can be found elsewhere across the world. A book with global relevance. Easy to read, insightful, and inspiring. For anybody who is interested in social entrepreneurship and its growing impact on our society at large. By the founders of Social Enterprise NL, the national society of Social Enterprises in the Netherlands.
Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change presents case studies of twelve organizations that operate in a growing niche within the Canadian social economy: market-based entities supported by a nonprofit organization and operated for the benefit of a workforce who lives on the margins of society.
Using a variety of research methods, the contributors examine the work of social purpose enterprises in a range of businesses including food service, child care, furniture, courier services, and microfinance. Combining the experience of academics and practitioners, each chapter analyses the economic, social, and policy implications of the case. Building on research published in Researching the Social Economy (2010) and Businesses with a Difference (2013), Social Purpose Enterprises provides a valuable resource for those involved in the growing push to encourage market-based solutions for those on the social margins.
Founder of Causeartist and Impact Recipe // Social Entrepreneur