In this age of global economic crises, the need to renew our commitment to social issues becomes even more urgent. Reduction in public and private spending on social programmes throws up further challenges for the sustenance of development efforts. The book advocates countering this trend through 'global social entrepreneurship' and the use of innovative, inexpensive and locally customized solutions.
Using in-depth and contemporary case studies, the book demonstrates how to define, measure and achieve socially and environmentally sustainable growth. The book inspires social entrepreneurs to build new models of sustainable growth, to scale existing solutions and to create new public-private partnerships.
Vanita Shastri is Executive Director, TiE-Boston. Shastri manages all TiE-Boston programs and works to lead the numerous activities and initiatives of the group. Vanita has been teaching business and entrepreneurship at Boston area colleges including Boston University's School of Management. She has also been a policy consultant at Harvard University, where she wrote a number of policy papers, including one on the "Software Policy of India" for the Government of India. Vanita has worked for Redwood Investment Systems, Inc. in Boston where she led the effort to set up their wholly owned subsidiary in India and directed their global operations. Vanita has founded two non-profit organizations, including the Meru Education Foundation and the Habitat Learning Center in Delhi, India. Vanita is a trained Indian classical dancer and an active member of a number of civic organizations. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University where she worked on India's industrial policy liberalization.
Foreword: Inspiring People to Engage in Social Entrepreneurship - Jugnu Jain, Raj Melville and Rakesh Pandey Preface - Vanita Shastri From Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to Global Social Entrepreneurship - Vanita Shastri and Preeta M Banerjee Defining metrics for Social impact by Selecting and Setting Corporate Sustainability - Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande, Meenakshi Verma Agrawal, Nishith Acharya and Naveen Jha Measurements - Duncan White Lessons from Working with the Government of India: The story of Pratham - Leona Christy and Vikas Taneja Social Entrepreneurship Across National Boundaries - Behzad J Larry, Azad Oommen, Venkatesh 'Venky' Raghavendra The Evolution of Ubuntu at Work: Helping women micro entrepreneurs escape the poverty trap - Vibha Pingle Social Entrepreneurship in a Traditionally Profit-Centered Industry - Steven F Young Environmental Sustainability - Managing Stakeholders Through Education - Vithal V Deshpande The Clean Technology Industry: Social entrepreneurship and sustainability - Daniel Wengrovitz and Preeta M Banerjee Greening the Built Environment - Ameeta Soni Developing Green Innovation: DeCopier paper cleaning products - Sushil Bhatia New Beginnings in Age-Old Philosophies - Preeta M Banerjee and Vanita Shastri Index