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21 Best Social Entrepreneurship Books For Education

This article showcases our top picks for the ‘Social Entrepreneurship Books For Education’. 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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Teaching Social Entrepreneurship to Build Young Minds by Helena Zimmerman

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This book presents the best ways adults can introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship to youth. It is filled with essential information and tools you can use to deliver it effectively. It has an overview of the steps in creating a business plan including ideation, marketing, budgeting and communication. It also has classroom activities and inspiring stories that will keep the students engaged in each step of learning.


Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

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This book has everything you need to know about financial education. This book will help you reach your entrepreneurial dreams come true.


Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki

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Author of this book informs women all around the world about the power of money. This is also about the vision of women of what they want in life and willing to do everything to make that vision happen.


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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This is a must read book for everyone who wants to get to the top in a positive way. The author of the book goes over two systems found in our mind, it can either break or make our ability to succeed in life.


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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This book will help change your life. It won’t only teach you the do’s and don’ts of your social life, but also teaches you how to be a better entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs need to have this book because this explains the basics of human skills and human intelligence.


The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy

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This book has strategies and valuable information about how to make more sales. To make more selling, it focuses on one thing – the person. The author of this book shares ideas, techniques, strategies and methods to sell easier and faster than ever before.


Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

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This book helps business people enlighten themselves and the choices they make. This book teaches you to be flexible with the choices you make to help you reach your goals and dreams in life.


Mapping Innovation by Greg Satell

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Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell is a great resource for entrepreneurs, it provides a detailed history of disruption through innovation. It is a simple and engaging read that goes deep into the major disruptors of our time and how they got to be who they are. Satell explains the different models of innovation and gives useful tips to future disruptors on how to approach developing an idea from a problem solving perspective.


The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

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The book explores The Ancient Greek philosophy of stoicism, which is built on the idea of turning obstacles into opportunities. This concept is relevant when it comes to entrepreneurship as well as disruption and innovation in the present saturated market.


Scaling Up by Verne Harnish

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Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It….and Why The Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish is one of the best books for an entrepreneur. It provides you with the most useful information you will need to succeed as a business owner, in part giving you the confidence to push through and follow your goals. It is an MBA in 250 pages. It covers all the major categories an entrepreneur needs to consider when starting and scaling a business: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. This book taught me a lot about systems and processes and how to scale them, as well as culture and how to manage and hire the right type of people.


The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt

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It is a different take on a business book as the story is presented in a fast-paced thriller style. This book stands the test of time. The lessons inside will teach you what you need to know about management and breaking through constraints.


Feel Good and Do Well by Doing Good by Peter Milewski

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Most business books nowadays are more focused on how to make profits and lead the business to succeed. This book is about leading your business to success at the same time, making a difference in other people’s life. It explains how you can be a good person and be a successful business owner, which others think is impossible. This book will remind you that true success is measured not just by how much money you have but also the positive impact you made for society.


How to Change the World by David Bornstein

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For anyone starting off in the social entrepreneurship field, this book can serve as a good starting instruction. Here the author, Bornstein, presents numerous stories of people whose passions have led them to address varied social causes. The ideas suggested are different and my personal favorite was, “This country has to change” by Javed Abidi, India: Disability rights. Mr. Abidi represents the social stigma associated with disabled people living in India and the work he has undertaken to change this. The various stories on various subjects ensure that individuals will see “their” cause addressed in one form or another.


Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

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I suggest this book because this book is focused on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you


The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

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I suggest this book because it is a compelling story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life.


The Third Law by Tamra Ryan

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In The Third Law, you’ll meet Megan who was eleven years old when her older sister sold her to a man for crack. You’ll be introduced to Janine who struggles to keep her four children fed when her food stamp assistance is cut because her $8/hour job pays too much. As author Tamra Ryan points out: these and many other women like them are not the sum of their addictions, crimes or poor judgment. Instead, most are victims–of poverty, abuse and neglect–who have been further victimized by drug sentencing laws, cultural prejudices and the human services system designed to protect them.


Making Good by Billy Parish

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I find some of the best literature aspiring social entrepreneurs can read are true stories of others who have been successful. The stories in Making Good inspire, motivate, and guide people towards learning how they can achieve financial autonomy by doing good.


Social Entrepreneurship by Arthur C. Brooks

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The best selling book on social entrepreneurship that tells you the modern approach to social value creation.


The Real Deal by Mark Kate Gulick

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Unlike other financial gurus, this book provides you genuine expertise and personal experiences.


Understanding Social Entrepreneurship by Jill Kickul

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It brings the mindset, principles, strategies, tools, and techniques of entrepreneurship into the social sector to present innovative solutions to today’s vexing social issues.


Social Entrepreneurship by Constant Beugre

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This new textbook aims to provide a comprehensive, cutting edge resource for students, introducing them to the unique concerns and challenges that face social ventures through a comparison with the principles of traditional entrepreneurship.

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