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15 Social Entrepreneurship Books For Dummies

This article showcases our top picks for the best ‘Social Entrepreneurship Books For Dummies’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). 

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Social Entrepreneurship by David Bornstein

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As an entrepreneur myself, I appreciate how this books creates clearly delineates traditional models of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. The case-based pedagogy wherein examples and case studies are used to explain concepts is wonderful. It attempts at explaining the terms in an intuitive manner instead of heavy technical jargon. It is recommended for beginners and intermediate alike – Learnings there for both of them. Not only does it explain concepts of entrepreneurship, it also goes on to explain the societal and financial angles attached to it.


The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

This product was recommended by Alex Perkins from All the Stuff

This book will certainly give aspiring entrepreneurs the right push to begin pursuing their goals. It offers eye-catching visuals, practical worksheets, insightful business tips, all while highlighting the importance of passion, creativity, and perseverance in living a fulfilling and successful life. The best takeaway that I got from this book is that an entrepreneur’s success is not based on what shows up in the numbers, but how much you’ve given and shared. I also loved how LaPorte stresses that there is no greater motivator than a goal that inspires you enough to start a fire in you to take action immediately and wholeheartedly.


Building Social Businesses by Muhammad Yunus

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Written by a man who won a Nobel Prize for his work in microfinance; This book critically examines the role of social businesses have in the economy. It also academically examines how they can help economical growth. The analysis brought forward by the author is unmatched and is an insight you won’t be able to find in other a lot of other books on the subject.


Ben & Jerry’s Double Dip by Ben Cohen

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This book is on the older side, coming out just before the turn of the century. That being said, the book has some excellent insights on the journey from the first few days on the company to when they reached their success. Also, their initiative to support progressive and local causes along with their organization. Its told from a great perspective and is definitely worth the read if you are a budding social entrepreneur.


Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller

This product was recommended by Tiffani Daniel from Your Creative Content

If you have no idea how to start your entrepreneurship journey, you need to add StoryBrand to your shelf. Miller outlines exactly how to tell your business story in a way that entices your ideal customer to stick around until the grand finale (the buy). It’s branding, marketing, and storytelling wrapped into one eye-opening book.


Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

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Blake Mycoskie is the founder of Toms Shoes. Mycoskie and Toms Shoes were one of the biggest pioneers for social entrepreneurship. They proved that giving can be a main component in a successful business. This book is an easy read and goes step by step on how to create a meaningful and successful social enterprise with plenty of examples for readers. This book is essential for anyone trying to start a social enterprise.


Changing the world without losing your mind by Alex Counts

This product was recommended by Amy Olson from The Absolute Dater

Social Entrepreneurs are driven by the sole motive to save the world and in the process often lose their own mind. This book by Alex Counts is an amazing guide for all the budding social entrepreneurs as it offers practical advice on both professional and personal aspects of their lives.. Apart from the fundraising or team-building skills, the USP of this book is its valuable advice on how to save yourself from getting lost in the rim.


The Real Problem Solvers by Ruth Shapiro

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This book provides an excellent resource for college-level case-based learning. Provides an introduction to social entrepreneurship through the eyes of the entrepreneurs themselves. Very challenging for students thinking about social change and their own agency. Regardless of the problems these pragmatic visionaries seek to address, this book shows that their magic lies in combining innovation, ingenuity, and opportunity with an unwillingness to give in to setbacks.


Social Entrepreneurship For Dummies by Mark Durieux

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This book provides a road map for setting up non-profit and for-profit social enterprises. Anchored in social theory, particularly that bearing on leisure, attachment, voluntary action, and formal and informal organization, it takes the reader through the multitude of steps necessary to set up and run a social enterprise. There are chapters on building public compassion, motivating entrepreneurs, and those they work with, initial planning, and finding funds. Other chapters examine how to market a social enterprise, network with relevant individuals and organizations, work with the media, and develop and maintain bureaucracy at an efficient and agreeable level. There is also a discussion of formally organizing and incorporating such a group and how to manage and lead it in this form.


Social Entrepreneurship for Dummies by Robert Stebbins

This product was recommended by Vince Massara from Edu Test Labs

Through this book, you’ll learn how to implement your social responsibility to your industry so you can enhance your business in the market. Social Entrepreneurship for Dummies provides you with many ideas, tips, and thoughts to use them as a guide while directing your business into a more socially responsible one.


Business for the Soul by Chris Bouchard

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

Besides having an actual experience, books will help people gain more knowledge about the industry they are most interested in. As a content ambassador, I believe that everyone should regularly feed their mind with new knowledge that can help them succeed in their current industry. For entrepreneurs, reading is vital because they are role models of their brand; thus, they should be well equipped in all aspects of the business, not only for themselves but also for their team. If you hope to become an entrepreneur, this book is for you. It is a book that guides aspiring entrepreneurs to the ladders of success. It also makes readers realize what putting up a business will do for you and the people around you. The book contains tips on setting up a business up to managing your business daily, that will surely help you and your business succeed.


Do the KIND Thing by Daniel Lubetzky

This product was recommended by Sonya Schwartz from Her Norm

We all need to read books that will inspire us to be better versions of ourselves. Not only do we learn from the footsteps from the author but we realize the journey they went through and how we can also do the things they did in our lives. As for me, this book below has been a true inspiration and has opened up doors for me and my business. If you want a book that will help you be a social entrepreneur and get the most out of life, this is the book for you. This book will help you realize that being kind can get you places. Plus, it has a lot of life lessons from the author which you, yourself as the reader can apply in real life. Lastly, this book will show you how passion and drive can let you achieve success all the while practicing kindness to the people around you.


Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey

This product was recommended by Shari Smith from Shari – Sells

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

With this book, you will understand how higher purpose; stakeholder integration; conscious leadership; and conscious leadership and management are intertwined for the success of a business.


Design Your Dream Life by Denise Walsh

This product was recommended by Denise Walsh from DeniseWalsh

This book is not a guide on how to become an entrepreneur per se, but it will give you the tools to help you create the life you want – both on a personal and professional level. And as I always say: If you’re living your dream life, then you can be successful at anything! I’m living proof.


Starting a Business QuickStart Guide by Ken Colwell

This product was recommended by Bilawal Gul from The Fashion Jacket

Emerging social entrepreneurs, more often than not, have lack of relevant guidance. A basic push fuels up entrepreneurial engine. And therefore, from defining core value preposition and conceptualizing their idea to bringing it to existence to deliver it to their dream customers, this book gives a thorough knowledge on how to not just exist but stand out in the pool of corporate world. The best trait of this book is, it caters entrepreneurs of all age groups equally. You’ll find yourself coming back to this book for guidance even after launching your startup. Because Mr. Ken Colwell lead many entrepreneurial programs, have expertise in business. Considering his credibility and the fact that he covered the wide range of topics from differentiating between the idea and opportunity to how to grow business into a new role. This book is an all rounder. Hence, in my opinion, a must-have dummy book in every aspiring entrepreneurcs reading list.

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