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Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Book Description

An inspiring collection of case studies from social innovators around the world, showcasing the challenges and rewards of social enterprise

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  3. Title Page
  4. Contents
  5. About the editor
  6. Foreword by Peter Gabriel
  7. Foreword by Bill Drayton
  8. Introduction
    1. kiwanja.net – Ken Banks
    2. A journey into meaning and empathy
    3. Hacking the code
    4. Beating the education system
    5. Needing new direction
    6. Africa calling
    7. One step forward, two steps back
    8. From motorbikes to mobile
    9. Disruptive grassroots messaging
    10. FrontlineSMS is unleashed on the world
    11. And then came the Nigerian elections
    12. Knock knock
    13. The ups and downs of growth
    14. Users, users everywhere
    15. Growing pains and a time to step back
    16. A few words on empathy
    17. Problems with the teaching of social entrepreneurship
    18. The power of passion
    19. About this book
    20. Some advice for innovators-to-be
    21. Discussion questions
    22. Further reading
  9. 01    Wonders of the Solar System
    1. We Care Solar – Laura Stachel
    2. Abstract
    3. Why me?
    4. My background
    5. Maternal mortality in the developing world
    6. Driven to action
    7. The birth of a solar innovator
    8. Structure, sustainability and scale
    9. Meeting demand and measuring impact
    10. A seal of approval from healthcare workers
    11. The power of stories
    12. Lessons learnt
    13. Discussion questions
    14. Further reading
    15. Acknowledgements
  10. 02    Closing Latin America’s ‘digital divide’
    1. CDI – Rodrigo Baggio
    2. Abstract
    3. A faltering start
    4. Two passions
    5. My confirmation came in a dream
    6. A dream comes true
    7. March 1995: the first informatics school and citizenship (EIC)
    8. The committee
    9. Social franchising
    10. 1996: discovering Ashoka
    11. 1997: informatics as a dream of freedom
    12. 1999: including indigenous communities
    13. April 1999: international expansion
    14. 2008: CDI international
    15. 2008: the reinvention of CDI and the first social business
    16. 2009: Middle East expansion
    17. 2010: the creation of CDI apps for good
    18. 2012: B Corps
    19. 2013: NegóciosSociais.com
    20. 2014: entrepreneurship synapses
    21. 2015: rescuing the essence
    22. The challenge of marketing, measuring impact, and sustainability
    23. Assessing, measuring and understanding our impact
    24. Reprogramming the world
    25. My future as a social entrepreneur
    26. Lessons learnt
    27. Discussion questions
    28. Further reading
  11. 03    Patent wars: fighting big pharma to enable access to drugs for all
    1. I-MAK – Priti Radhakrishnan
    2. Abstract
    3. Activism in the family
    4. Life-saving drugs, denied
    5. An organization born. An activist re-born
    6. Our first patent case
    7. The early days
    8. Political and personal struggles
    9. Finding my way back
    10. Reflections on impact and our journey so far
    11. Defining our structure, strategy and approach
    12. Victory
    13. Integration
    14. Lessons learnt
    15. Discussion questions
    16. Further reading
  12. 04    Data science, technology and design for social justice
    1. Visualizing Impact – Jessica Anderson and Joumana al Jabri
    2. Abstract
    3. Monday afternoons in Beirut
    4. Joumana al Jabri
    5. From political to economic instability
    6. Ramzi Jaber
    7. TEDxRamallah
    8. From stories to action
    9. Visualizing Palestine
    10. The access to knowledge movement
    11. Analysing openness
    12. Communicating Palestine
    13. The digital double-edged sword
    14. Forming, storming, norming, performing: the VP team comes together
    15. From Visualizing Palestine to Visualizing Impact
    16. Future goals and directions
    17. Financial structure and sustainability
    18. Competition, collaboration
    19. From reach, to engagement, to impact
    20. Engaging the VP team
    21. Room for improvement
    22. Lessons learnt
    23. Discussion questions
    24. Further reading
    25. References
  13. 05    Bringing the Silicon Valley revolution in technology and business to global health
    1. Magpi – Joel Selanikio
    2. Abstract
    3. Techie turned doctor, turned tech-doctor
    4. What we don’t know can kill us
    5. The paper problem
    6. A glimmer of hope: the Palm PDA (late 1990s)
    7. The floodgates didn’t open (2000)
    8. EpiSurveyor phase 1: it’s the technology (early 2000s)
    9. Miracle #1: Hotmail
    10. Miracle #2: the mobile phone
    11. EpiSurveyor phase 2: rapid growth (2009–12)
    12. Not just for epidemiological surveys (2013)
    13. The mechanics: it’s the business model, stupid (2009–10)
    14. Magpi here and now
    15. What our work means for the world
    16. Lessons learnt
    17. Discussion questions
    18. Further reading
  14. 06    Food waste meets food poverty: closing the loop
    1. FoodCycle – Kelvin Cheung and Michael Norton
    2. Abstract
    3. The FoodCycle journey
    4. Food waste and food poverty: joining the dots
    5. Food waste, food poverty and social isolation
    6. Our first cooking session
    7. The evolution of the FoodCycle project
    8. The café project
    9. FoodCycle’s social franchise model
    10. FoodCycle specifics
    11. 2015–20 – the next 50 hubs
    12. FoodCycle in numbers and impact
    13. Lessons learnt
    14. Discussion questions
    15. Further reading
  15. 07    Innovation in Africa’s Silicon Savannah
    1. Ushahidi – Erik Hersman
    2. Abstract
    3. The view from above
    4. What allows me to handle both worlds?
    5. An unconventional childhood
    6. Everything changed
    7. The building of a mapping platform
    8. Stepping back
    9. Ushahidi for the rest of the world?
    10. How I think about Africa
    11. Ushahidi: business model and sustainability
    12. Ushahidi impact
    13. Lessons learnt
    14. Framing innovation
    15. Discussion questions
    16. Further reading
    17. Acknowledgements
  16. 08    Touch-based treatment for autism
    1. QSTI (Qigong Sensory Training Institute) – Louisa Silva
    2. Abstract
    3. Why me?
    4. Autism: a growing phenomenon
    5. Hearing the call: the beginnings of a journey
    6. Casting the net wider
    7. The skin, the self and a theory for autism
    8. Damage to the sense of touch
    9. Pushing onward
    10. Dissemination
    11. A last-minute breakthrough
    12. Keeping ourselves in business
    13. Did we make a difference? Looking at impact
    14. Calmer waters
    15. Advice for others
    16. Lessons learnt
    17. Discussion questions
    18. Further reading
  17. 09    Reconnecting the disconnected: a story of technology, refugees and finding lost family
    1. Refugees United – David and Christopher Mikkelsen
    2. Abstract
    3. If you don’t know the rules you can’t break them: why us?
    4. Lessons: the life of a refugee
    5. We know less than we think
    6. Building Refugees United
    7. The alchemy of a tech non-profit
    8. Who needs us, anyway?
    9. Building networks
    10. The Holy Grail of sustainability
    11. Taking it to the field
    12. Designing for everyone
    13. Impacting the world around us
    14. Reflections on a journey not yet complete
    15. Lessons learnt
    16. Further discussion
    17. Further reading
  18. 10    Let a billion readers bloom
    1. PlanetRead – Brij Kothari
    2. Abstract
    3. Conception
    4. Life before SLS
    5. SLS: the first five years (1997–2001)
    6. SLS: the second five years (2002–06)
    7. SLS: the third five years (2007–11)
    8. SLS: the fourth five years (2012–16)
    9. Impact and potential
    10. Lessons learnt
    11. Discussion questions
    12. Further reading
    13. Acronyms used
    14. Acknowledgements
    15. Notes
  19. 11    Keep calm and Dream in Tunisia
    1. Dream in Tunisia – Sarah Toumi
    2. Abstract
    3. Sarah’s personal journey
    4. Conservation: a never-ending tension with economic development
    5. Timeline
    6. Making it work: the structure, model and sustainability of Dream in Tunisia
    7. Measuring our all-important impact
    8. Lessons learnt
    9. Discussion questions
    10. Further reading
  20. 12    The reluctant geneticist
    1. Genetic Alliance – Sharon Terry
    2. Abstract
    3. An unexpected journey
    4. Making sense of the unknown
    5. Accepting the calling
    6. The challenges of sustainability, impact and growth
    7. Building an organization from the ground up
    8. Understanding our actions and their impact
    9. Stepping up to the plate
    10. Lessons learnt
    11. Discussion questions
    12. Further reading
  21. 13    Power to the people: reengineering democracy
    1. GovRight – Tarik Nesh Nash
    2. Abstract
    3. My personal journey
    4. Identifying the problem
    5. How I tackled the problem
    6. Moving into the international sphere
    7. The mechanics
    8. Impact
    9. Lessons learnt
    10. Discussion questions
    11. Further reading
  22. Index
  23. Copyright