1. The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship PDF
The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship PDF by J. Gregory Dees was first written in 1998 and revised in 2001. In this PDF he argues that the language of social entrepreneurship may be new, but the phenomenon is not.
He highlights innovative nonprofit ventures, social purpose business ventures like for-profit community development banks, and hybrid organizations mixing nonprofit and for-profit elements, such as homeless shelters that start businesses to train and employ their residents. He notes that social entrepreneurship can mean different things to different people, and this can be confusing.
He goes on to cite some of the similarities and differences between business and social entrepreneurs. For example, the ideas of Say, Schumpeter, Drucker and Stevenson can be easily applied in the social sector and in the business sector. He believes that we should build our understanding of social entrepreneurship on this strong tradition of entrepreneurship theory and research.
2. Social Entrepreneurship PDF by Jeff Skoll
A social entrepreneurship PDF features a leading essay by Jeff Skoll called Social Entrepreneurship: Power to Change, Power to Inspire. Skoll notes that there’s been tremendous growth in the practice and field of social entrepreneurship over the last decade.
It has emerged as a legitimate model for transformative social change, as for the first time a social entrepreneur won the Nobel Peace Prize. Books on social entrepreneurs have also multiplied as their work has an impact around the world.
From improving health care delivery to the rural poor, promoting peace in areas of longstanding conflict, and helping lift thousands of rural farmers from poverty, social entrepreneurs have been leading grassroots efforts that drive social change. 2008 was a banner year in the field, as Bill Gates called for an expansion of “creative capitalism” and the conversation took on added urgency as the foundations of traditional capitalism were rocked by the global financial crisis.
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