By Olivier Kayser and Maria Valeria Budinich
Social entrepreneurs worldwide are initiating a silent revolution to eradicate social injustice. These pragmatist visionaries are challenging prevalent business motives and methods to invent market-based solutions that will address global social problems. Yet, many fail to succeed and reach real scale, and there are few books that question why or offer real practical solutions.Based on the authors’ original research and many years of experience, Scaling Up Business Solutions to Social Problems uncovers why impressive solutions fail to scale up. This book is filled with international case studies of what can be done “within the system”, and augmented by the argument that the traditional division between “for profit” business that creates economic wealth and the “not for profit” public and social sectors is breaking down. It examines the solutions that work in some critical areas such as access to energy, safe drinking water, housing and financial services, as well as what can be done to get these innovations out of the lab and into the plant.
This rigorous, practical guide is essential for any social entrepreneur wanting to push the boundaries of traditional CSR and take their business to the global, large-scale stage.
Some early praise:
“Business must take the lead in reinventing capitalism and making it more inclusive. This book provides business leaders with a hard-nosed assessment of the opportunities and challenges of doing so.” – Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey
“The huge wall that has separated the business and social halves of the world’s operations for several centuries is an especially rich opportunity and is the chief focus of this book. I doubt that there is anyone who can match Valeria and Olivier for depth of experience, insight, or clarity here.” – Bill Drayton, CEO, Ashoka
“While l have had the privilege of working with Valeria and Olivier for over ten years, on concrete projects aimed at inventing new socially impacting business models, and hybrid value chain solutions, this book has broadened my understanding of the myriad of entrepreneurs who are working to change our planet.” – Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone
“This book provides business executives with a wealth of concrete cases and deep insights into what it takes to build scalable inclusive business models.” – Jean-Laurent Ingles, Global Senior Vice President Household Care, Unilever
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