Not far into this book, subtitled Social Entrepreneurs in America, I suddenly realized: 90 percent of my friends are social entrepreneurs! That includes my old grad school buddy Ruth Shapiro, who edited this book as a way to explore fascinating questions about social entrepreneurship (and prior to this initiative, in her copious free time, she founded the Asia Business Council).
Ruth invited some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs (including Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton) to share their insights about the field and to explain the challenges that social entrepreneurs face and the changes they have been able to shepherd. The descriptions of their efforts are quite inspiring.
I was particularly heartened by the work that a bunch of folks are doing to encourage empathy in students. We could all use more of that.