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Excerpts and reviews of top books on social innovation

 
Networked_Lee_Rainie_Barry_Wellman

Technology & Design

Networked: The New Social Operating System

By Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

Researchers from Pew and NetLab examine how the Internet, mobile phones, and social networking are radically changing our lives.

 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

By Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

Why do some people, systems, and societies bounce back from adversity and other don't?

 
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Civil Society

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

By Michael J. Sandel | Reviewed By Rob Reich

Michael Sandel's latest book takes up the question: What are the moral limits of the marketplace?

 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

By Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

Two books argue that entrepreneurs and technology are transforming the global economy.

 
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Technology & Design

Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power, A Memoir

By Wael Ghonim | Reviewed By Micah Sifry

A riveting memoir by Egyptian revolutionary—and Google marketing executive—Wael Ghonim.

 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Zeronauts: Breaking the Sustainability Barrier

By John Elkington | Reviewed By Matthew E. Kahn

John Elkington argues in his latest book that a new set of entrepreneurs in business, government, and universities are reinventing capitalism.

 
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Economic Development

Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere

By Vijay Govindarajan & Chris Trimble | Reviewed By Paul van der Boor

A "reverse innovation" guru provides anecdotes and advice about how to succeed in emerging markets.

 

The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy

By Philip Auerswald | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

Two books argue that entrepreneurs and technology are transforming the global economy.

 
What_Money_Cant_Buy

Civil Society

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

By Michael J. Sandel | Reviewed By Rob Reich

In his new book, Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel asks what, if any, are the moral limits of the marketplace.

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Everyone_Leads:_Building_Leadership_ from_the_Community_Up_Paul_Schmitz

Civil Society

Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up

By Paul Schmitz | Reviewed By Darell Hammond

Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz makes a passionate argument that leadership is not reserved for the minority.