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Welcome to Wellington City Libraries' page of resources on social entrepreneurship. Here you'll find a cross-section of what the library holds with some quick links into our online databases and the library's catalogue, and links to websites selected by our subject librarians.

Recent books

Syndetics book coverThe solution revolution : how business, government, and social enterprises are teaming up to solve society's toughest problems / William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan.
""Imagine the world if we were able to double, triple, or even quadruple the number of problem solvers, the diversity of solutions, and the scale of social impacts." This utopian assertion is at the heart of this energetic study of non-governmental solutions from Deloitte executives Eggers and Macmillan. In the past, when the government was responsible for effecting change, there were conflicting interests between departments and agencies and meager resources. But with the "solution revolution," companies, educational institutions, and individuals are stepping in and providing better results at lower costs, the authors write. "A new economy has emerged at the borderlands where traditional sectors overlap," the authors explain, based in a market for solutions to societal problems. In lively prose, the authors discuss such innovations as the Google employee shuttles, Recyclebank, and Zipcar. Outside of these big names, highlights of the book include the work of lesser-known game changers: Unilever's Wheel soap, sold in small quantities at low prices, help the very poor fight diarrhea-related deaths, and a contest proposed by Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business professors to design a $300, simple-to-build house to address housing shortages. These stories along with substantive advice for individuals and governments alike present a persuasive argument that the future of global change rests squarely in the hands of ordinary citizens. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved" (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverPeople over profit : break the system, live with purpose, be more successful / Dale Partridge.
Established corporations have begun reevaluating the quality of their products, the ethics of their supply chain, and how they can give back by donating a portion of their profit to meaningful causes. Entrepreneurs who want a more responsible and compassionate marketplace have launched a new breed of socially focused business models. Partridge uncovers the seven core beliefs shared by consumers, starters, and leaders behind this transformation, and show how they are the secret to creating a sustainable world that values honesty over deception, transparency over secrecy, authenticity over hype, and ultimately, people over profit.

Syndetics book coverBold : how to go big, achieve success, and impact the world / Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler.Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
"Through their work with the Abundance 360 community, Flow Genome Project, Singularity University, XPRIZE Foundation, and AbundanceHub.com, the authors offer entrepreneurs access to exponential tools and technologies to realize wealth and abundance. The Exponential Framework is described as following the 6Ds, which include Deception and Disruption but lead to Democratization. As an example of the shift from the linear growth of the past to the exponential growth happening now, in 2012 Kodak, a hundred-year-old giant with 140,000 employees and a 1996 valuation of $28 billion, filed for bankruptcy, while the same year the photo-sharing service Instagram, with 13 employees, was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion. The authors describe technologies that are following this course, like 3D printing and robotics, and tools that make exponential growth possible, such as cloud computing and crowd funding. They profile four of the prime movers who have harnessed this power to build multibillion-dollar companies that changed the world: Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page. This is a manual for today's big thinkers to become tomorrow's bold leaders, using crowd-powered tools accessible to everyone.--Siegfried, David Copyright 2014 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission." (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverDo the kind thing / Daniel Lubetzky.Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
"Renowned social entrepreneur Lubetzky grew up in Mexico, the son of a Holocaust-survivor father. He was on the verge of a legal career when he set off for a project in the Middle East to reduce conflict by developing a common economic enterprise. The experience taught him the potential and value of doing good while doing business and is the driving philosophy behind KIND nutritional snacks that encourage consumers to be kind to their bodies and to others. At the heart of his philosophy is the notion of AND that we do not have to accept the limitations of the false choices of either/or. Lubetzky declares that accepting AND opens up creative possibilities. He outlines nine themes to his philosophy, including purpose, grit, truth and discipline, and originality. He also shares examples of each from his business and professional life, including the hypercompetitiveness of the food market and lucrative offers to sell. Even as the food market has since become flooded with cause-marketing and healthy snacks, Lubetzky has maintained an anchor on health, taste, and social responsibility.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2015 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission." (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverStart something that matters / Blake Mycoskie.Start Something That Matters
"You're ready to make a difference in the world through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job.You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world-all at the same time.You're inspired by method, charity: water, and Feed Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start.You're curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away.You're looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community. Book jacket." (Syndetics summary)

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Useful websites

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  • W. R. Berkley Innovation Lab The Berkley Center's Program in Social Entrepreneurship educates, challenges and inspires entrepreneurs and investors to leverage intellectual, social and financial capital with a focus on social change, innovation and impact.
  • i-genius a world community of social entrepreneurs and seeks to inspire a new generation of social innovators.
  • Inventor Resource A public interest website focused on design, patent, legal, business plan and funding advice for inventors.
  • New Economics Foundation Economics as if people and the planet mattered.
  • Pioneers Post the online newspaper and communications platform for everyone doing brilliant business to drive positive social change.
  • Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreurship an international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social issues.
  • School for Social Entrepreneurs Runs UK-wide training programmes for social entrepreneurs.

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This page is written and maintained by Marilyn Domney, our Libraries' Business Customer Specialist. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - contact me with any feedback.

Page last updated March 2015

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