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Mission, Inc.: The Practitioners Guide to Social Enterprise (Social Venture Network)

Lynch, Kevin; Walls, Julius

ISBN 10: 1576754790 / 1-57675-479-0
ISBN 13: 9781576754795
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
Two social entrepreneurs draw on their own extensive experiences and those of20 other enterprise leaders to focus on the fundamental blocking and tacklingtactics that make the difference between success and failure.

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Praise for Mission, Inc.

"Read this book and keep it nearby. It is jam-packed with useful and relevant information not only for the aspiring social entrepreneur but for the experienced one as well. I learned a lot that will help me in my own business."
--Michael Hannigan, President and cofounder, Give Something Back, Inc.

"Kevin Lynch and Julius Walls have written the most accessible, practical approach to social enterprise in years! Newbies and veterans alike can mine their work over and over again and never come away empty."
--Jerr Boschee, founder and Executive Director, The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, and Visiting Professor of the Practice in Social Enterprise, Carnegie Mellon University

"Like the social enterprises it celebrates, Mission Inc. successfully juggles a `double bottom line,' integrating a bold vision for business as a vehicle for social impact with exceptional practical advice for the organizations and people that increasingly pursue an idea whose time has come."
--Jim Schorr, Professor, Vanderbilt University, and former CEO, Juma Ventures

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