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Social innovators and social entrepreneurs look for creative and affordable solutions to specific societal problems. Fueled by the spread of the internet and the ubiquity of cell phones, it is easier than ever before to attempt to solve pressing social and environmental problems in the world. "Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation" presents the journeys of pioneering and often accidental social innovators who used their courage, tenacity, and creative thinking to find a solution to their problem. The case studies do not gloss over the setbacks and dead ends these people faced; instead, they offer a realistic insight into the challenges and mindset needed to overcome them. From bringing solar-powered lighting to Nigerian midwives, to using surplus food to reconnecting broken refugee families, each case draws out the lessons learned and provides guidance and advice for anyone inspired to take action of their own.
About the Author
Ken Banks is the founder of kiwanja.net and the creator of FrontlineSMS, a text messaging platform that helps drive social change projects across the world. He has received a Stanford University Fellowship, and he has been named both a National Geographic Explorer and a Laureate of the Tech Awards (an international awards program honoring innovators using technology to drive social change). He was nominated for a TED Prize in 2013, and he was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at CARE International in 2015. A frequent writer on Africa, technology, and innovation, he has been published online by CNN, the BBC, and the Guardian and the print edition of Wired Magazine. Contributors: Jessica Anderson, Visualizing ImpactJoumana al Jabri, Visualizing ImpactRodrigo Baggio, CDIKelvin Cheung, FoodCycleErik Hersman, UshahidiBrij Kothari, PlanetReadDavid and Christopher Mikkelsen, Refugees UnitedTarik Nesh Nash, GovRightMichael Norton, FoodCylePriti Radhakrishnan, I-MAKJoel Selanikio, MagpiLouisa Silva, QSTI (Qigong Sensory Training Institute)Laura Stachel, We Care SolarSharon Terry, Genetic AllianceSarah Toumi, Dream in Tunisia