Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has developed a new dimension for capitalism which he calls "social business." The social business model has been adopted by corporations, entrepreneurs, and social activists across the globe. Its goal is to create self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth as they produce goods and services to fulfill human needs. In Building Social Business, Yunus shows how social business can be put into practice and explains why it holds the potential to redeem the failed promise of free-market enterprise.
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About the Author
Muhammad Yunus was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, educated at Dhaka University, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University, and became head of the economics department at Chittagong University in 1972. He is the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank. Yunus and Grameen Bank are winners of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Karl Weber is a writer based in Irvington, New York. He coauthored Yunus's best-selling book, Creating a World Without Poverty.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Social Business-From Dream to Reality vii
1 Why Social Business? 1
2 Growing Pains 33
Lessons in Adaptation and Change from the Story of Grameen Danone
3 Launching a Social Business 57
4 To Cure One Child 95
A Case of Social Business in Healthcare
5 Legal and Financial Frameworks for Social Business 111
6 Grameen Veolia Water 133
A Social R&D Project for Addressing the World Water Crisis
7 Creating a Global Infrastructure for Social Business 153
8 Glimpses of Tomorrow 173
More Social Businesses Are on the Way
9 The End of Poverty 195
The Time Is Here
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, a microcredit lender, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to fighting world poverty. Although the government of Bangladesh eventually forced him to leave the bank (possibly for political reasons), his views still convey great force. Yunus espouses an economy that embraces humanity as a pool of positive potential. His book, written with Karl Weber, lays out a blueprint for "social business." It details compelling case studies of how various Grameen enterprises handle everyday market problems. getAbstract recommends it to executives who want to enfranchise good works, and to garage-office entrepreneurs and public policy technocrats who believe in a world with less poverty, but who need a little guidance to get there.