Enter the world of the social entrepreneur. A global community of doers, thinkers and leaders who mix business with grass-roots activism to make social change possible.
Vinod Kapur created a new breed of chicken that feeds some of the world’s poorest villagers. Betty Makoni empowers young women across Africa through her Girl Child Network. Stephen Burks connects developing world artisans with high fashion brands. They are but three.
In this book, author and activist Asheem Singh explores how a movement of tiny ventures evolved into a global humanitarian and financial juggernaut, revealing new ways to fight privilege and inequality, rewire philanthropy, government and even capitalism itself.
This is a guide to an exhilarating and inspiring world where, through our giving, campaigning and even through our choices as consumers, we can all play a crucial role in taking on the biggest social challenges of our time.
Asheem Singh is an internationally renowned campaigner, speaker, broadcaster and author. He was the youngest ever Chief Executive of the UK’s leading network for charity and social enterprise leaders, ACEVO, and was the first Director of Policy and Strategy at the UK’s leading venture philanthropy fund, Impetus-PEF. He has written widely on social entrepreneurship, leadership, technology, poverty and equalities for a range of international think tanks and publications including ‘The Guardian', ‘The Scotsman', and ‘The Spectator’.
Introduction: everything you ever wanted to know about changing the world (but were afraid to ask);
Part one: Foundations;
Start with a chicken and you create a type…behold, the social entrepreneur;
Pyramids and incubators why some of the best social entrepreneurs never dreamed of going to business school;
The social enterprise city when communities come together to build something amazing;
How do you know you are making a difference? Social movements that measure the success of social movements;
‘I remember that day in the favela…’ venture philanthropy and the seven steps to save charity;
Part two: Constructions;
The bull-market at the bottom of the pyramid the shiny new trading floors that deal in more than money;
The moral multinational share prices, shared values, co-ops and corporations;
Echo-chambers and social block-chains where clicktivism meets ‘ppl-power’;
Very grand designs: six sets of ideas to get government and the moral marketplace working in tandem;
Conclusion: The edge of a knife.
"The Moral Marketplace puts the hype around social entrepreneurship into a wider political and ethical context, providing a hopeful vision for turning enthusiasm into positive social action." David Floyd, Managing Director, Social Spider
"Bursting with timely insights The Moral Marketplace makes an important contribution to our thinking about communities and social entrepreneurs. Far from being a dry academic treatise, Asheem Singh's book reads like a novel. Highly recommend." Professor Matt Qvortrup, Coventry University, author of 'Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader'
"This book is the rallying cry for the socially conscious, business-savvy radical who knows that it's not enough to make a difference: today you can be the difference." Doug Miller, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Chairman
"This book whirls the reader around the world and through history, telling stories which show a way forward that really will change things.” Kate Welch OBE DL, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Acumen CIC