This week I revisited a fascinating book titled How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein. The author provides ten profiles of men and women from around the world who have found solutions to a wide variety of social and economic problems. For Bornstein, social entrepreneurs are transformative forces. They are people with new ideas to address major problems, who are relentless in the pursuit of their visions. They are people who simply will not take “no” for an answer. They will not give up until they have spread their ideas as far as they will possibly go.
As inspiring as each of the stories are, the aspect of the book that I found most interesting was the common theme found in each of the profiles. In every single example the “success” of each social entrepreneur was not because they were necessarily more confident, persistent or knowledgable, but in every case it came back to their motivation; the “why” behind what they did. Read more →