The Business of Good
Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line
by Jason Haber
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 10 May 2016 | Archive Date 22 Dec 2016
Entrepreneur Media Inc., Entrepreneur Press
From Main Street to Wall Street, today's social entrepreneurs are rebooting capitalism, challenging the charity industrial complex, and disrupting business models. Haber envelops the reader in the foundation of social entrepreneurship, from Benjamin Franklin to what he calls The Great Convergence, the turn-of-the-millennium zeitgeist shift which provided the fuel for social entrepreneurship’s surge to the forefront of business.
Haber shares the stories of inspiring young people that are disrupting established norms and changing the world. This is a must read book for Millennials, business executives, nonprofits, doers, and dreamers--The Business of Good brings a much-needed fresh and innovative look at social entrepreneurship.
A Note From the Publisher
--Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and Daring: My Passages
"Jason Haber has captured the energy, enthusiasm and inventiveness of millennials who have figured out how to contribute to the social good while doing well for themselves. Haber shows us where the heart of innovation lies. He persuasively explains that making a difference is good for business. Haber offers a dose of optimism just when we need it."
--Frank Sesno, Director and Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at The George Washington University, former CNN Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief
"A revelatory and vivid analysis on the rise of social entrepreneurship around the world. Jason Haber depicts the new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs that are forging a new ‘paradigm’ based on opportunities that bring together market forces and a drive to make the world a better place."
--Azadeh Tajdar, Social Entrepreneur Specializing in Emerging and Frontier Market Startups
"Based on careful research and his own deep personal experience, Jason Haber tells the intriguing story of the emergence of a new model of doing good in the world, one that combines the business savvy of a startup with the social consciousness of a classic charity. The Business of Good is a must-read for social entrepreneurs looking for ways to create meaningful social change in the 21st century."
--Steven Livingston, Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at The George Washington University
"The Business of Good breaks important new ground as the first book that closely examines the why behind the increasing trend of businesses aiming to turn a profit while simultaneously transforming our world for the better. The author takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey using engaging examples with historical context to identify and uncover the roots of this phenomenon, and offers compelling evidence for its continuation and impact. This is a fun and engaging must-read for anyone interested in the evolving corporate landscape."
--Rebecca Shin, Social Sector Marketing Strategy Leader & Generational Expert, generationevolution.com
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Average rating from 3 members
Social entrepreneurship and doing good is a hot topic. After all, who doesn’t want to do a bit of good if they can, whether active business participant or passive consumer. This book takes a look at social entrepreneurship through the eyes of some people who are doing it or trying to do it, providing a fascinating behind-the-scenes and hard objective look at the process. Interviews, case studies and real-world anecdotes are mixed together within this book that puts a fairly positive, upbeat gloss on the benefits of social entrepreneurship, asserting that it is rebooting capitalism and leading to gradual change as well as disruption. Is the author right? Is the capitalist old guard sitting back and letting this upstart take away its power and glory? Yes and no, or partially and not intentionally… In any case, this fresh and often innovative approach certainly has the potential for being a force for good and finding a new and possibly better way of doing things. Reading the book, you can sense the author’s enthusiasm and perhaps awe for the social entrepreneurship movement, yet he manages to keep a sense of perspective and avoid merely repeating a positive, uncritical mantra or stream or fine PR-words. It all led to an interesting, informative read. It could have the potential to enthuse and inspire the reader into considering their own social entrepreneurship venture. The style was a bit mixed and whilst it had some highlights and points of interest it failed to entirely win over this reader. Horses for courses and all of that, but it does not mean it is a bad book but it just failed to be a five-star revolutionary read. Your views may vary and it can be a worthy read for the background knowledge if nothing else and if you then find you’ve got a connection established with it and really start to pull out beneficial advantages you’ve got yourself a winner. The Business of Good, written by Jason Haber and published by Entrepreneur Media. ISBN 9781599185866. YYYY