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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (284 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Muhammad Yunus Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781455197385
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Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his world-changing efforts, here develops his revolutionary concept that promises to redeem the failed promise of free enterprise: social business. Designed to fill the gap between profit-making and human needs, social business applies entrepreneurial thinking to problems like poverty, hunger, pollution, and disease, creating self-supporting enterprises that create jobs and generate economic growth even as they make the world a better place. Partnering with some of the world’s greatest corporations, Yunus and his Grameen Bank have already launched several social businesses that are addressing challenges like malnutrition, lack of potable water, and endemic illness in Yunus’ homeland of Bangladesh, while other organizations around the world are developing their own experiments in social business. In this book, Yunus traces the development of the social business idea and explains its lessons for entrepreneurs, social activists, and policy makers, and offers practical guidance for those who want to create social businesses of their own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Yunus’] ideas have already had a great impact on the Third World.”

    Washington Post

  • “Ray Porter authoritatively narrates the story of how microloans revitalized money-lending practices and female-owned businesses in Bangladesh.”

    AudioFile

  • A Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 2/6/2014

    " Step-by-step instructions for how to be better people and take responsibility for creating a better world for all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Caves | 1/10/2014

    " Great concepts about helping others through running business to effect social change over profit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niloy | 1/7/2014

    " A manifesto with excellent potentials. It could change the world. I suspect it will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Alexandre Silva | 11/23/2013

    " Changed my like and the war i see capitalismo forever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 11/14/2013

    " Excellent book. This should be a must read for every single business student and every single corporate executive. I also think it is valuable for people who work in not for profits and NGOs. Think different is a good perspective here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/13/2013

    " Really interesting. This book gives a lot of information about what can be done to solve a lot of problems if poor people have a chance to put their creativity to work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shantanu Roy | 9/30/2013

    " Thought provoking concept of Social Business is presented here. This new pattern of business is emerging. I think this pioneering idea will attract many people who will step in this path.I feel ultimately social business will bring betterment for the society though it it is too early too comment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Walters | 4/5/2013

    " This book really inspired me. Think outside the usual corporate mindset. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eduardo | 10/11/2012

    " Favorite of his! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 6/5/2012

    " Not as interesting as I'd hoped, but decent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/10/2011

    " Interesting concepts and great stories, especially the ones about big business getting involved in social business. It's nice to know they're not all evil! I found parts of the book to be a bit basic for anyone with a business background, but all in all I found it a very inspiring book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/19/2011

    " Great concepts about helping others through running business to effect social change over profit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasper | 11/7/2010

    " It was a thought-provoking and inspiring book that revealed unconventional ways that individuals can use business to help effect social change. This was a life-changing book for me that inspired my particular career path and goals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/15/2010

    " Really interesting. This book gives a lot of information about what can be done to solve a lot of problems if poor people have a chance to put their creativity to work. "

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About the Author
Author Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus, a native of Bangladesh, was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. In 1972 he became head of the economics department at Chittagong University. He is the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, a pioneer of microcredit, which an economic movement that has helped lift millions of families around the world out of poverty. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. He also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2009 and was named one of Fortune's 12 Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Time in 2012.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.