[dropcap]M[/dropcap]uch of what has been written about entrepreneurship is about how one can create the next Google or Twitter: Georgia Levenson Keohane has turned her attention on public sector and NGOs instead. In Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, she argues that modern social entrepreneurship is transforming the way we invest our money and change the world. Meaningful impact in housing, health, education and energy will most likely come from social entrepreneurs in the next decade rather than governments.
But what’s the best way to harness markets to promote social change? And what kinds of investments can we make across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors to achieve a more shared prosperity? This book tries to create a mental framework for answering such questions.
Levenson uses a straightforward language to show how social entrepreneurship has radically transformed the nonprofit, private, and public sectors and provides case studies and examples on how smart public policies promote social innovation at the local and national levels.
The author has a fat resume: Levenson is a Roosevelt Institute Fellow, an adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School, and a former McKinsey consultant. She writes regularly for Harvard Business Review, The Nation, Slate, and The American Prospect, while advising a range of poverty-fighting organizations. She holds a BA from Yale, an MBA from Harvard, and an MSc from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
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