Tuesday, June 17, 2008

what i'm reading: how to change the world

In my recent funk about the state of the world (especially after reading Deep Economy) I've been looking for some more empowering things to read and watch. (Such as Big Ideas for a Small Planet.) This search led me to How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. Overall, I found this book really inspiring. Bornstein profiles social entrepreneurs from around the world who are making a positive impact on the world around them. Its great to read that people really can make a difference (though none of them did this by making jewelry, but that's a whole other issue).

My one complaint is that you'd think a book title How to Change the World would be a little more pragmatic - giving some insight into how you too can make a difference. Bornstein talks about the traits that all these social entrepreneurs share, but mostly as skills that few of us will ever posses.

Verdict: Inspiring, but a little repetitive.

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