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David Bornstein's How to Change the World

Submitted by: Oxford University Press

Categories: Research, Reports & Publications, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Sep 04, 2007 – 12:00 PM EST


Change your world. Change yourself.

September 4, 2007 -

"Wonderfully hopeful and enlightening…The stories of these social entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage many people who seek to build a better world."
--Nelson Mandela

Now published in more than twenty countries, David Bornstein's How to Change the World has become the bible for social entrepreneurship-in which men and women around the world are finding innovative solutions to a wide variety of social and economic problems. Whether delivering solar energy to Brazilian villagers, expanding work opportunities for disabled people across India, creating a network of home-care agencies to serve poor people with AIDS in South Africa, or bridging the college-access gap in the United States, social entrepreneurs are pioneering problem-solving models that will reshape the 21st century.

How to Change the World provides vivid profiles of many such individuals and what they have in common. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world.

In addition to updating the stories of individual entrepreneurs, this paperback edition includes a new foreword by the author and shows how the concept of social entrepreneurship has expanded and unfolded in recent years. People across society, from students to business leaders, from professionals to post-retirement boomers, have sought to forge new careers as social innovators, blurring boundaries between business and social action.

"The book is must reading for anyone who cares about building a more equitable, and therefore more stable, world."
--William J. Holstein, New York Times

"A fascinating book…Well-documented cases of grassroots entrepreneurial activities to tackle such diverse social problems as child abuse, disability, illiteracy, and environmental degradation give life to it."
--Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Business Week

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein, will be published by Oxford University Press on September 10, 2007. ($15.95 | ISBN13: 978-0-19-533476-0).

David Bornstein is a prize-winning journalist who specializes in social innovation. His first book, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank was selected as a finalist for the New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was also chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 1996. Bornstein’s articles and interviews have appeared in leading international publications, and How to Change the World has been translated into 16 languages. He co-wrote the PBS documentary To Our Credit, which focuses on the global spread of micro-credit. Since 2004, he has given keynote addresses, presentations, and workshops on social entrepreneurship to more than 150 audiences across the country. Bornstein grew up in Montreal, Canada and now lives in New York City with his wife, Abigail, and son, Elijah.

For more information, please contact:

Lindsay Kaplan Oxford University Press
Phone: (212) 726-6258


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