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Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice

by Ken BanksKen Banks
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Social innovators and social entrepreneurs look for creative and affordable solutions to specific societal problems.  Fueled by the spread of the internet and the ubiquity of cell phones, it is easier than ever before to attempt to solve pressing social and environmental problems in the world.  Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation presents the journeys of pioneering—and often accidental—social innovators who used their courage, tenacity, and creative thinking to find a solution to their problem.  The case studies do not gloss over the setbacks and dead ends these people faced; instead, they offer a realistic insight into the challenges and mindset needed to overcome them.  From bringing solar-powered lighting to Nigerian midwives, to using surplus food to reconnecting broken refugee families, each case draws out the lessons learned and provides guidance and advice for anyone inspired to take action of their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749475918
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd
Publication date: 03/28/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 865,251
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ken Banks is the founder of and the creator of FrontlineSMS, a text messaging platform that helps drive social change projects across the world.  He has received a Stanford University Fellowship, and he has been named both a National Geographic Explorer and a Laureate of the Tech Awards (an international awards program honoring innovators using technology to drive social change).  He was nominated for a TED Prize in 2013, and he was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at CARE International in 2015. A frequent writer on Africa, technology, and innovation, he has been published online by CNN, the BBC, and the Guardian and the print edition of Wired Magazine
Jessica Anderson, Visualizing Impact
Joumana al Jabri, Visualizing Impact
Rodrigo Baggio, CDI
Kelvin Cheung, FoodCycle
Erik Hersman, Ushahidi
Brij Kothari, PlanetRead
David and Christopher Mikkelsen, Refugees United
Tarik Nesh Nash, GovRight
Michael Norton, FoodCyle
Priti Radhakrishnan, I-MAK
Joel Selanikio, Magpi
Louisa Silva, QSTI (Qigong Sensory Training Institute)
Laura Stachel, We Care Solar
Sharon Terry, Genetic Alliance
Sarah Toumi, Dream in Tunisia

Table of Contents

About the editor
Foreword by Peter Gabriel
Foreword by Bill Drayton

Introduction Banks
A journey into meaning and empathy
Hacking the code
Beating the education system
Needing new direction
Africa calling
One step forward, two steps back
From motorbikes to mobile
Disruptive grassroots messaging
FrontlineSMS is unleashed on the world
And then came the Nigerian elections
Knock knock
The ups and downs of growth
Users, users everywhere
Growing pains and a time to step back
A few words on empathy
Problems with the teaching of social entrepreneurship
The power of passion
About this book
Some advice for innovators-to-be
Discussion questions
Further reading

01 Wonders of the Solar System
We Care Solar-Laura Stachel
Why me?
My background
Maternal mortality in the developing world
Driven to action
The birth of a solar innovator
Structure, sustainability and scale
Meeting demand and measuring impact
A seal of approval from healthcare workers
The power of stories
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

02 Closing Latin America's 'digital divide'
CDI-Rodrigo Baggio
A faltering start
Two passions
My confirmation came in a dream
A dream comes true
March 1995: the first informatics school and citizenship (EIC)
The committee
Social franchising
1996: discovering Ashoka
1997: informatics as a dream of freedom
1999: including indigenous communities
April 1999: international expansion
2008: CDI international
2008: the reinvention of CDI and the first social business
2009: Middle East expansion
2010: the creation of CDI apps for good
2012: B Corps
2013: Negó
2014: entrepreneurship synapses
2015: rescuing the essence
The challenge of marketing, measuring impact, and sustainability
Assessing, measuring and understanding our impact
Reprogramming the world
My future as a social entrepreneur
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

03 Patent wars: fighting big pharma to enable access to drugs for all
I-MAK-Priti Radhakrishnan
Activism in the family
Life-saving drugs, denied
An organization born. An activist re-born
Our first patent case
The early days
Political and personal struggles
Finding my way back
Reflections on impact and our journey so far
Defining our structure, strategy and approach
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

04 Data science, technology and design for social justice
Visualizing Impact-Jessica Anderson and Joumana al Jabri
Monday afternoons in Beirut
Joumana al Jabri
From political to economic instability
Ramzi Jaber
From stories to action
Visualizing Palestine
The access to knowledge movement
Analysing openness
Communicating Palestine
The digital double-edged sword
Forming, storming, norming, performing: the VP team comes together
From Visualizing Palestine to Visualizing Impact
Future goals and directions
Financial structure and sustainability
Competition, collaboration
From reach, to engagement, to impact
Engaging the VP team
Room for improvement
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

05 Bringing the Silicon Valley revolution in technology and business to global health
Magpi-Joel Selanikio
Techie turned doctor, turned tech-doctor
What we don’t know can kill us
The paper problem
A glimmer of hope: the Palm PDA (late 1990s)
The floodgates didn’t open (2000)
EpiSurveyor phase 1: it’s the technology (early 2000s)
Miracle #1: Hotmail
Miracle #2: the mobile phone
EpiSurveyor phase 2: rapid growth (2009–12)
Not just for epidemiological surveys (2013)
The mechanics: it’s the business model, stupid (2009–10)
Magpi here and now
What our work means for the world
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

06 Food waste meets food poverty: closing the loop
FoodCycle-Kelvin Cheung and Michael Norton
The FoodCycle journey
Food waste and food poverty: joining the dots
Food waste, food poverty and social isolation
Our first cooking session
The evolution of the FoodCycle project
The café project
FoodCycle’s social franchise model
FoodCycle specifics
2015-20-the next 50 hubs
FoodCycle in numbers and impact
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

07 Innovation in Africa’s Silicon Savannah
Ushahidi-Erik Hersman
The view from above
What allows me to handle both worlds?
An unconventional childhood
Everything changed
The building of a mapping platform
Stepping back
Ushahidi for the rest of the world?
How I think about Africa
Ushahidi: business model and sustainability
Ushahidi impact
Lessons learnt
Framing innovation
Discussion questions
Further reading

08 Touch-based treatment for autism
QSTI (Qigong Sensory Training Institute)-Louisa Silva
Why me?
Autism: a growing phenomenon
Hearing the call: the beginnings of a journey
Casting the net wider
The skin, the self and a theory for autism
Damage to the sense of touch
Pushing onward
A last-minute breakthrough
Keeping ourselves in business
Did we make a difference? Looking at impact
Calmer waters
Advice for others
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

09 Reconnecting the disconnected: a story of technology, refugees and finding lost family
Refugees United-David and Christopher Mikkelsen
If you don’t know the rules you can’t break them: why us?
Lessons: the life of a refugee
We know less than we think
Building Refugees United
The alchemy of a tech non-profit
Who needs us, anyway?
Building networks
The Holy Grail of sustainability
Taking it to the field
Designing for everyone
Impacting the world around us
Reflections on a journey not yet complete
Lessons learnt
Further discussion
Further reading

10 Let a billion readers bloom
PlanetRead-Brij Kothari
Life before SLS
SLS: the first five years (1997-2001)
SLS: the second five years (2002-06)
SLS: the third five years (2007-11)
SLS: the fourth five years (2012-16)
Impact and potential
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading
Acronyms used

11 Keep calm and Dream in Tunisia
Dream in Tunisia-Sarah Toumi
Sarah’s personal journey
Conservation: a never-ending tension with economic development
Making it work: the structure, model and sustainability of Dream in Tunisia
Measuring our all-important impact
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

12 The reluctant geneticist
Genetic Alliance-Sharon Terry
An unexpected journey
Making sense of the unknown
Accepting the calling
The challenges of sustainability, impact and growth
Building an organization from the ground up
Understanding our actions and their impact
Stepping up to the plate
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading

13 Power to the people: reengineering democracy
GovRight-Tarik Nesh Nash
My personal journey
Identifying the problem
How I tackled the problem
Moving into the international sphere
The mechanics
Lessons learnt
Discussion questions
Further reading


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