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Creating a World Without Poverty Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

ISBN-10: 1586484931
ISBN-13: 9781586484934
Edition: 2008
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Description: In the last two decades, free markets have swept the globe, bringing with them enormous potential for positive change. But traditional capitalism cannot solve problems like inequality and poverty, because it is hampered by a narrow view of human  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In the last two decades, free markets have swept the globe, bringing with them enormous potential for positive change. But traditional capitalism cannot solve problems like inequality and poverty, because it is hampered by a narrow view of human nature in which people are one-dimensional beings concerned only with profit. In fact, human beings have many other drives and passions, including the spiritual, the social, and the altruistic. Welcome to the world of social business, where the creative vision of the entrepreneur is applied to today's most serious problems: feeding the poor, housing the homeless, healing the sick, and protecting the planet. Creating a World Without Poverty tells the stories of some of the earliest examples of social businesses, including Yunus's own Grameen Bank. It reveals the next phase in a hopeful economic and social revolution that is already under way—and in the worldwide effort to eliminate poverty by unleashing the productive energy of every human being.

Adrian J. Slywotzky is vice president of Mercer Management Consulting, a New York-based strategy consulting firm. A resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was recently selected by "Industry Week" as one of the six most influential people in management, along with Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Peter Drucker, Andy Grove, & Michael Porter.Adrian J. Slywotzky, a partner of the global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, is one of the world's best-known business thinkers. Author of a string of popular, high-regarded management books, including THE PROFIT ZONE, VALUE MIGRATION and THE UPSIDE, Slywotzky has been lauded as one of the top 50 business thinkers by The Times and one of the world's six most influential management thinkers by Industry Week . Co-author Karl Weber is one of today's most successful writers and editors of general interest non-fiction. The bestsellers he has helped develop include Scott McClellan's explosive political memoir WHAT HAPPENED and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus's acclaimed works CREATING A WORLD WITHOUT POVERTY and BUILDING SOCIAL BUSINESS.

Prologue: Starting with a Handshake
The Promise of Social Business
A New Kind of Business
Social Business: What It Is and What It Is Not
The Grameen Experiment
The Microcredit Revolution
From Microcredit to Social Business
The Battle against Poverty: Bangladesh and Beyond
God Is in the Details
One Cup of Yogurt at a Time
A World Without Poverty
Broadening the Marketplace
Information Technology, Globalization, and a Transformed World
Hazards of Prosperity
Putting Poverty in Museums
Epilogue: "Poverty Is a Threat to Peace"-The Nobel Prize Lecture
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