6 Books on Social Impact to Read in 2019
Exploring the world on social entrepreneurship has been a wild and exciting ride. Sometimes confusing, but mostly rewarding as hell. The more we learn about this space, the more we are certain that we have found our home in the business world. Naturally, I have been scouring the internet for books on the subject and have come across a few gems that I just can’t wait to read through.
Here are 6 books rooted in social impact for entrepreneurs that make the top of my list! Which have you read? I’d love your comments and feedback!
1. Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus
I read the first few pages of this one at the library and knew I needed to take it home with me. Muhammad Yunus pioneered microcredit loans to combat poverty when he started his own bank in Bangladesh. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, and although his bank has been closed down since, his demonstration of social impact lives on. In this book, he offers practical theories and explanations on how public and corporate policies need to create space for the social impact business model. Rock me softly and call me inspired!
2. WEconomy by Craig Kielburger
Canadian and Founder of Free The Children – how could this book NOT be on my top pick list? WEconomy links purpose and profit and offers real deal strategies for increasing productivity and performance. The focus of this read is creating sustainability by blending purposeful and profitable tactics to create good not just today, but for long term. Craig has now co-founded Me To We to provide responsible products and services, and I for one am already looking forward to what he writes next!
3. The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World by John Elkington, & Pamela Hartigan
The description of this book was wildly reminiscent to a post I wrote about entrepreneurship, (you can find it here) so it resonated with opinions I had about this life we have chosen. This book is a compilation of inspiring and innovative business owners who have strayed from tradition when solving social and environmental issues. Discussing both mindset and strategies, I look forward to reading this one through to uncover lessons learned from entrepreneurs before me.
4. How to Be a Social Entrepreneur: Make Money & Change the World by Robert Ashton
This book looks like an inspired read offering both advice and an understanding of the unique problems a social entrepreneur will come up against. This book is geared towards the beginner and offers plenty of start-up tips and tools to set any good-hearted business owner on the right path. Described as both practical and comprehensive in it’s reviews, Robert Ashton has apparently written a winner for social entrepreneurship.
5. Leading from Within: Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation by Gretchen Ki Teidle
Focused on the mindset and empathy required for social entrepreneurship, this read is deeply rooted in personal development in order to become the agent of change you desire. By developing a deeper understanding of what humanity truly needs, self-aware leaders can create a conscious change rather than attempting to address a surface level issue. If you are looking to transform yourself and the way you deliver good, this is definitely a book for you.
6. Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World by Beverly Schwartz
Beverly Schwartz has worked with several social change leaders in a variety of fields. This book really captures the cross between those wanting to good and the necessity of innovation to make those dreams come true. It’s not just a good idea that can make the changes we are looking for. But when combined with empathy, creativity and grit are combined with that idea – that’s when true sustainable innovation can be created. Her real and powerful storytelling draws a full picture of how you can be the change you wish to see in the world. < Mahatma Gandhi coined that piece of brilliance. Thanks Gandhi!
There it is. My “must read right now” list! If you have any you want to recommend, let us know. Have some feedback on the books I’ve selected? I’m open to hearing about that as well. Anything we can do to keep the conversation going and have more people asking what social good really is, I’m okay with that! So share, ask questions and join the conversation! Our Facebook group for social impact is always looking to strike a GOOD conversation (See what I did there?). Join us on Facebook and share your thoughts with us!
Diva love xox