Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice

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Social innovators and social entrepreneurs look for creative and affordable solutions to specific societal problems.  Fueled by the spread of the internet and the ubiquity of cell phones, it is easier than ever before to attempt to solve pressing social and environmental problems in the world.  Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation presents the journeys of pioneering—and often accidental—social innovators who used their courage, tenacity, and creative thinking to find a solution to their problem.  The case studies do not gloss over the setbacks and dead ends these people faced; instead, they offer a realistic insight into the challenges and mindset needed to overcome them.  From bringing solar-powered lighting to Nigerian midwives, to using surplus food to reconnecting broken refugee families, each case draws out the lessons learned and provides guidance and advice for anyone inspired to take action of their own.

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Ken Banks is the founder of kiwanja.net and the creator of FrontlineSMS, a text messaging platform that helps drive social change projects across the world.  He has received a Stanford University Fellowship, and he has been named both a National Geographic Explorer and a Laureate of the Tech Awards (an international awards program honoring innovators using technology to drive social change).  He was nominated for a TED Prize in 2013, and he was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at CARE International in 2015. A frequent writer on Africa, technology, and innovation, he has been published online by CNN, the BBC, and the Guardian and the print edition of Wired Magazine.  Contributors:Jessica Anderson, Visualizing ImpactJoumana al Jabri, Visualizing ImpactRodrigo Baggio, CDI
Kelvin Cheung, FoodCycleErik Hersman, UshahidiBrij Kothari, PlanetReadDavid and Christopher Mikkelsen, Refugees UnitedTarik Nesh Nash, GovRightMichael Norton, FoodCylePriti Radhakrishnan, I-MAKJoel Selanikio, Magpi
Louisa Silva, QSTI (Qigong Sensory Training Institute)Laura Stachel, We Care Solar
Sharon Terry, Genetic Alliance
Sarah Toumi, Dream in Tunisia

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"This book is required reading for any student or anyone interested in technology-based invention to improve peoples' lives, and social innovation as a potential life path.  Its honest stories of unforeseen challenges and unexpected opportunities from the people encountering them both are an inspiration and refreshing reality check." (Joshua Schuler Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program)

"This important, timely book gives the reader an invaluable insight into the workings of the world of social entrepreneurship.  It is a must-read for students, practitioners, policy makers and anyone with a passing interest in how to work for the greater good." (Professor Klaus Schwab Founder of the World Economic Forum)

"Full of hope.  A book that will inspire." (Peter Gabriel Musician)

"I believe this collection of stories of passion and impact will leave people hungering for more and will inspire more than a few readers to explore their passions and translate them into incremental stories of meaningful change." (Alex Moen Vice President of Explorer Programs, National Geographic)

"This book is a refreshing antidote to pessimism about the potential of individuals influencing 'social change.' The author of each chapter has a personal story to tell, but each in such a way that it helps us to better understand the different ways it is possible to make that change happen." (Dr. Elizabeth Harrison Head of International Development, University of Sussex)

"The case studies in Ken's book show that we really can all learn from everyone, anywhere, and often it's the stories from countries or areas of expertise we don't know that draw us in the most.  But the common traits of belief in a vision, of using data to build evidence for that vision and of altruism and helping others, which drives these innovators far more than the motive to persuade a consumer to upgrade their gadget to the latest model, make it a practical book you can apply to whatever your country or area of work might be." (Laurie Lee Chief Executive, CARE International UK)

"These real-occasionally raw-stories do more than capture the life of the committed social entrepreneur than anything else I've read.  Inspiring, yes, but even better, it works as a real world case-based manual for how to create change for the better." (Kevin Starr Managing Director, Mulago Foundation)

"The world's most challenging problems are being taken on by people motivated by their personal passions, informed by their deep understanding of local realities and shaped by their frustration with inadequate solutions.  Ken Banks and the other remarkable innovators here offer inspiration and insight into building practical solutions while calling into question established wisdom about social innovation.  This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to solve problems with global implications through local knowledge and involvement." (Ethan Zuckerman Director of the Centre for Civic Media, MIT)

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