We have been asked at Social Edge for recommended reading for the aspiring and practicing social entrepreneurs. So besides our extremely useful blogs on Social Edge, Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg’s article on Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition, and Bill Drayton’s Everyone a Changemaker article, here, in no particular order, are our top 10 books on social entrepreneurship followed by our top 10 related books that can help social entrepreneurs succeed:
- The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz (excerpt)
- The Social Entrepreneur Revolution by Martin Clark
- Pollyanna Principles by Hildy Gottlieb
- Your Chance to Change the World: The No-fibbing Guide to Social Entrepreneurship by Craig Dearden-Phillips
- and new in paperback Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus.
For more social entrepreneur related suggestions including films like those produced by Participant Productions, you can visit our Social Edge holiday gift guides from 2007 and 2008.
And if your sponge-like interest in absorbing all information social entrepreneurial in nature extends to academia, most of the schools offering social entrepreneurship courses make their case studies and curriculum materials open source. Check out: University Network, Caseplace.org, Harvard Business School for educators, ECCH the european clearing house for case studies, and every school has its own portal, e.g. www.iesep.com.
Enjoy and feel free to comment here with other recommended reading material!