More than 850 book reviews

Tag Archive for ‘social enterprise’

The path to altruism and a better world

A review of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn @@@@ (4 out of 5) Nicholas Kristof is one of the most-honored journalists of our time. He’s regarded by many of his peers as the “moral conscience of journalism” for his decades-long work exposing human rights abuses and human… Read More ›

What makes social change happen?

A review of The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges, by Zaid Hassan @@@@ (4 out of 5) “Planning based-approaches — so common across government, civil society, and even business — represent a neo-Soviet paradigm” and have long been shown to be at best minimally effective in fostering meaningful… Read More ›

Join me in a Google Hangout

You are invited to join me and Erik Simanis of Cornell University, in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Monday, June 9. We will discuss how to turn an idea into a business that can help lift people living on $2 a day or less out of poverty. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business Model Behind the Bright… Read More ›

Sneak peek: my articles

I’m adding a new feature on this site. It’s a point of entry to a number of the articles I’ve written recently, covering topics such as fundraising, the nonprofit sector, social enterprise, and socially responsible business. The page is a work in progress, with more articles on the way in the months ahead. For now,… Read More ›

Innovation: Look beyond Silicon Valley

Today the popular website Virgin Disruptors, one of Richard Branson’s innumerable activities, posted the following article of mine under the title “Innovation — Look beyond Silicon Valley.” I had answered the challenging question, “Have entrepreneurs lost the will to innovate?” Innovation is alive and well among entrepreneurs—but not so much where you’d expect. Take Silicon Valley,… Read More ›

Bootstrapping change in Africa

A review of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, by Dayo Olopade @@@@ (4 out of 5) It starts with the title itself — Dayo Olopade’s challenge to the prevailing sentiment that sub-Saharan Africa today is little different in its essence from the “dark continent” perceived by nineteenth century colonialists…. Read More ›

The true story of Ben & Jerry’s

A review of Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s, by Brad Edmondson @@@@@ (5 out of 5) One of my most vivid memories of the dozens of Social Venture Network (SVN) conferences I’ve attended over the years was seeing Ben Cohen walking into the dining hall in 2000, in… Read More ›

Microcredit Doesn’t End Poverty

A review of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor, by Hugh Sinclair @@@@@ (5 out of 5) “Some microfinance is extremely beneficial to the poor, but it is not the miracle cure that its publicists would have you believe. Microfinance has been hijacked by profiteers, and we need… Read More ›

Will Nike and Coca-Cola save the world?

A review of Everybody’s Business: The Unlikely Story of How Big Business Can Fix the World, by Jon Miller and Lucy Parker @@@@ (4 out of 5) For the past three decades and more, a movement has been underway in the business community to incorporate concerns for people and the planet into the policies and… Read More ›

My top five books about business

Of the dozens of books about business that I’ve read during the three-and-a-half years since I launched this blog, five books stand out. They remain fresh in my mind, and the lessons they teach continue to illuminate the path as I make my way through the thickets of the business world in all its dimensions,… Read More ›