Catherine Hoke founded the nonprofit organization Defy Ventures in 2010 with the intent to help those recently released from prison not only rejoin society, but to thrive as well. Part memoir and part chronicle of how powerfully a nonprofit organization can change lives, A Second Chance details Cat's personal journey, Defy Ventures' founding, and the fast-spreading movement that has risen as a result.
In The Power of We Day: Moving the World from Me to We, with a foreword by Mikhail Gorbachev, celebrated pop culture icons, social activists, and world leaders come together to talk about the causes they care about most. This book shares heart-warming stories, inspiring words, and stunning behind-the-scenes photos of world-renowned musical artists, statesmen, and speakers. The Power of We Day also celebrates unsung heroes; the remarkable young people who have made it their mission to make the world a better place.
In January 2011, Leonida and her neighbors came together and took the enormous risk of trying to change their lives. World hunger activist Roger Thurow spent a year with four of them to intimately chronicle their efforts. In The Last Hunger Season, he illuminates the profound challenges these farmers and their families face, and follows them through the seasons to see whether, with a little bit of help from a new social enterprise organization called One Acre Fund, they might transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger.
Shameless exploitation has never been more fun nor done more good for more people than when done by Newman's Own--the first green food company to use all-natural ingredients, and still the most successful. Told in alternating voices, Newman and Hotchner have written a zany tale that is a business model for entrepreneurs, an inspirational book, and just plain delightful reading.
This book is an introduction to Grameen II, an improved and flexible version of the classical Grameen model that is currently being used to financially empower the poorest families in more than a hundred countries across the globe through savings and loans. It describes how a flagship institution such as Grameen Bank accomplished a complete and effective overhaul of its system. The Poor Always Pay Back demystifies Grameen II to policymakers, practitioners and the larger development community.
This autobiography of the world-renowned, visionary economist who came up with a simple but revolutionary solution to end world poverty has become the classic text for a growing movement. The author discusses his efforts to help the poor in Bangladesh with micro-loans, which led to his establishing the Grameen Bank.
This book aims to answer the question: In what ways can social enterprises improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities? The chapters in this edited collection take different perspectives on assessing how social enterprises address disadvantage and deliver health and wellbeing impacts. Drawing on evidence from international research studies, Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing: Theory, Methods, and Practice presents the 'first wave' of innovative research on this topic and provides a platform of evidence to inspire the next generation of scholarly and policy interest.
Through an ethnographic study of the 'Barefoot College', an internationally renowned non-governmental development organisation (NGO) situated in Rajasthan, India, this book investigates the methods and practices by which a development organisation materialises and manages a construction of success. This book offers a timely and novel approach to how the world of development NGOs and development ideologies work.
Founded in 1972 and now the largest NGO in the world, BRAC has been lauded for its efforts aimed at lifting the poor, especially women, out of poverty. In BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh, Manzurul Mannan places the organization under a critical microscope. Mannan provides unique insights into not only BRAC’s phenomenal growth and its role in diffusing western and development ideologies but also, more importantly, how target populations have been affected culturally and socially.
At Aravind, millions are treated for free, yet the organization remains stunningly self-reliant. Infinite Vision uncovers the radical principles behind Aravind's baffling success. Charged with profound insights and stories, it draws readers to the heart of Dr. V's selfless vision, proving how choices that seem quixotic can, when executed with compassion and integrity, yield incredible results.
This title traces BRAC's evolution from a small relief operation indistinguishable from hundreds of others, into what is undoubtedly the largest and most variegated social experiment in the developing world. Smillie shows us how social enterprise can trump corruption, and how purpose, innovation, and clear thinking can overcome the most entrenched injustices.
While a freshman at Princeton, Tom Szaky co-founded a company that recycles garbage into worm poop, liquifies it, then packages it in used soda bottles, creating TerraCycle Plant Food. Five years later, this all-natural, highly effective fertiliser is available in more than 3000 locations. Not just a thrilling entrepreneurial success story, Szaky argues for a new approach to business, in which every business should aspire to be good for people, the environment and profits. He shows how the first two goals can help the third.
In Small Loans, Big Changes, author Alex Counts reveals how Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus revolutionized global antipoverty efforts through the development of microfinancing. This book looks at the lives of micro-lending borrowers from the Grameen Foundation in Bangladesh and Chicago, and recounts the experiences of different borrowers in each country.
This book analyses the challenges and opportunities faced by art-based social enterprises (ASEs) engaging young creatives in education and training and supporting their pathways to the creative industries. In doing so, it addresses the complex intersecting issues of marginality and entrepreneurship, particularly in relation to young creatives from diverse backgrounds.