Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

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Who drives transformation in society? How do they do it?

In this compelling book, strategy guru Roger L. Martin and Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally R. Osberg describe how social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust equilibrium and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria. All of these leaders?call them disrupters, visionaries, or changemakers?develop, build, and scale their solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place.

The book begins with a probing and useful theory of social entrepreneurship, moving through history to illuminate what it is, how it works, and the nature of its role in modern society. The authors then set out a framework for understanding how successful social entrepreneurs actually go about producing transformative change.


Additional Information


Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (October 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1633690687
ISBN-13: 978-1633690684
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches


Roger L. Martin has written many award-winning books, including Playing to Win (with A.G. Lafley), as well as numerous articles in Harvard Business Review and other leading journals and newspapers. He is former dean of the University of Toronto?s Rotman School of Management. He has been on the board of the Skoll Foundation since its formation in 1999.

Sally R. Osberg is President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. Under Sally?s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than one hundred ventures led by social entrepreneurs active on five continents; established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Sa?d Business School of Oxford University; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations such as the Sundance Institute and the Social Progress Imperative.

2 reviews for Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

  1. 5 out of 5


    Highly recommend! Martin and Osberg have written a book that shines new light on the concept of social entrepreneurship – and, more broadly, achieving widespread social change. The book is not a “how to” handbook for social entrepreneurs (although surely will be useful to them), but rather offers an interpretive guide that helps us make sense of one of the most important phenomena in the world today: social entrepreneurship.

  2. 4 out of 5


    This book offers inspiration and hope as well as a blue print for any journey that starts with the identification of a social inequity. It tells the stories of amazing interventions. If one measures accomplishment in life as making the world a better place for human beings, this book is written by and celebrates some of the most accomplished human beings in our time. Social entrepreneurs reside in our neighborhoods and communities. They are people interested in transforming the status quo. When one looks at the best ways to give or invest one’s time or money, tools on how to understand a social intervention, envision the future, build a model for change, chart a path forward and scale the model for the greatest benefit are critical for success

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