Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
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The Skoll Centre recommends readings in the following categories:
Rethinking business and investment
Great books for aspiring social entrepreneurs
Top reads of entrepreneurs in action
1. Rethinking business and investment
- Roger Martin. Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and what Capitalism can Learn from the NFL. Harvard Business Review Press: May 2011.
- Julie Battilana, Matthew Lee, John Walker and Cheryl Dorsey. In Search of the Hybrid Ideal. In Stanford Social Innovation Review. Summer 2012, pp. 51-55.
- John Mackey. Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.
- Breakthrough: Business Leaders, Market Revolutions. Volans, 2013.
- Stephen Green. Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain world. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010 (Former Chair, HSBC).
- Cabinet Office (2013), Growing the Social Investment Market: A Vision and Strategy Update, London: Cabinet Office.
- Sustainable Investing: Establishing Long Term Value and Performance. Deutsche Bank Group, June 2012.
- New Investment Approaches for Addressing Social and Economic Challenges. Karen Wilson, OECD Science, Technology & Industry Papers No.15, OECD Publishing.
- Closing the Pioneer Gap
- Impact Investors (Should Be) Risk Takers: Does impact investing have a lower risk tolerance than venture capital? (Blog by Alvaro Rodriguez, co-founder and Chair, Ignia and Chair, Banco Compartamos).
- From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investing Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors – World Economic Forum and Deloitte, October 2013.
- Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, Creating Shared Value in Harvard Business, January 2011.
- Anthony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson. Impact Investing: Transforming how we Make Money while Making a Difference. New York, Josey Bass, 2011.
2. Great books for aspiring social entrepreneurs
- John Mullins and Randy Komisar. Getting to Plan B: Breaking through to a Better Business Model. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2009.
- Anthony Tjan, Richard Jarrington, Tsun-Yan Hsieh. Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck: What it takes to be an Entrepreneur and build a great business. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012.
- Paul Hawken. Blessed Unrest: How the largest Social Movement in History is restoring grace, justice and beauty to the world. New York: Penguin Books. 2007.
- Frans Johansson. The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics can teach us about Innovation. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2006.
- Tom Szaky. Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle is Redefining Green Business. Portfolio: 2009.
- Daniel Isenberg. Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value. Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.
- Bo Peabody. Lucky or Smart: Secrets to an Entrepreneurial Life. New York: Random House, 2005.
3. Top reads of entrepreneurs in action
- How does inclusive business work in practice? Seven ‘deep dive’ case studies from the Business Innovation Facility.
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder.
- The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz.
- Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail by Paul Polak.
- Business as Unusual: My Entrepreneurial Journey - Profits with Principles By Anita Roddick.
- Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus.
- The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs are Changing Markets to Change the World by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan. Harvard Business Press, 2008.
Jeremy Rifkin. The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is transforming Energy, the Economy and the World. New York: Palgrave MacMillian, 2011.