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Chapter from: "The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2008

Abstract

Social and environmental entrepreneurs are learning to channel their convictions, boundless creativity, and ability to amass the necessary resources into building sustainable systems and structures that address the most pressing market failures of our time. In this chapter, the authors examine the three categories of business models that leading social enterprises seem to fall into, discussing the challenges and opportunities of each for mainstream organizations. This chapter is excerpted from ‘The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World'.

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Abstract

Social and environmental entrepreneurs are learning to channel their convictions, boundless creativity, and ability to amass the necessary resources into building sustainable systems and structures that address the most pressing market failures of our time. In this chapter, the authors examine the three categories of business models that leading social enterprises seem to fall into, discussing the challenges and opportunities of each for mainstream organizations. This chapter is excerpted from ‘The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World'.

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