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15 must read books for any social entrepreneur

  1. Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid by CK Prahalad. (the title doesn’t do the book justice)
  2. The ethical corporation
  3. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein
  4. Out of Poverty by Paul Polack
  5. Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World by John
  6. Elkington and Pamela Hartigan
  7. Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Mohammed Yunnus
  8. The lorax – Dr. Seuss
  9. Blink – Gladwell
  10. The tipping point – Gladwell
  11. Wikinomics – Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams
  12. The world is flat – Thomas Freedman
  13. Real Magic – Wayne Dyer
  14. The fifth Discipline
  15. Purification of the Heart

Other recommended media

  1. ODE, UTNE, GOOD, Mother Jones (Magazines)
  2. Emmanuel’s Gift (Documentary)
  3. The Corporation (Documentary)

7 responses to “15 must read books for any social entrepreneur

  1. Ramzi March 31, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    -Architecture for the Poor by Hasan Fathy
    -The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
    -Design like you give a damn by Architecture for Humanity

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  7. Colin Lewis August 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    A good reading list, Rama thank you – have not read 5.Power of Unreasonable People or 11.Wikinomics – Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams, will look them up.

    Two I would recommend are: 1) Conscious Capital (see eg http://www.consciouscapitalism.org/) by Raj Sisoda, et.al. and; 2) Theory U by the fabulous Otto Scharmer (with Pete Senge and others).

    Oh and a third, I always keep a copy of Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith to hand.
    Thanks again, C

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