Thu 9 March 2006
David Bornstein discusses "How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas"
Green Mountain Global Forum (GMGF) is honored to present an evening with David Bornstein who will discuss his acclaimed and inspirational book, "How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas", at the Round Barn in Waitsfield at 7PM on March 9th.
"How to Change the World," translated into nine languages, has been described by The New York Times as "must reading" for "anyone who cares about building a more equitable and stable world." Nelson Mandela has called Bornstein's book "wonderfully hopeful and enlightening... The stories of these social entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage many people who seek to build a better world."
Bornstein's first book, "The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank" (Simon & Schuster, 1996), traces the history of the Grameen Bank and the global emergence of the anti-poverty strategy called "micro-credit." The Price of a Dream won numerous prizes, and was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best business books of 1996.
Bornstein's articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Newsday, and other publications. Bornstein grew up in Montreal, Canada and now lives in New York City with his wife, Abigail, and son, Elijah.
Bornstein's talk for GMGF will draw on many years of research around the world learning the extraordinary stories and strategies of ordinary people–social entrepreneurs–who are stepping in to solve profound social problems where governments and bureaucracies have failed — and how the hope and courage of one person truly can make a difference.
Sponsored by Green Mountain Global Forum, this event is free and all are invited. Join us on March 9th at the Round Barn in Waitsfield at 7PM, and learn more about this transformation in the means to lasting social change. Discussion will follow the presentation. Refreshments by Michael's Good to Go! will be served. The Round Barn is located on East Warren Road in Waitsfield. For more information, contact GMGF at 496-2111.
"This is a wonderfully hopeful and enlightening book. The stories of these social entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage many people who seek to build a better world." - Nelson Mandela
"[M]ust reading for anyone who cares about building a more
equitable, and therefore more stable, world." - The New
"A fascinating book... Well-documented cases of grassroots entrepreneurial activities to tackle such diverse social problems as child abuse, disability, illiteracy, and environmental degradation give life to it." - Business Week
"With a combination of ingenious practical solutions, a gift for hearing the concerns of the potential beneficiaries, and hardheaded persistence, many of these social entrepreneurs have succeeded." - Harvard Business Review
"[A]n affecting and bracing antidote to the creeping, cynical mind-set that insists that profound social change is impossible. Just about every social entrepreneur in the book started with limited resources and institutional resistance in countries with profoundly retrograde social attitudes, but found that, with enough energy, tenacity and business sense, the strength of their innovations gained momentum and eventually became new paradigms for social change. This is idealism wedded to hard-nosed pragmatism... At a time when hope seems a precious commodity, here's a book that offers it up in abundance." - The New York Observer
"The social entrepreneurs chronicled in this book are part of the vital generation of independent, creative leaders who are sparking social changes in the United States and in parts of the world where people are most in need. We will be hearing much more from them in the years to come." - Sen. Bill Bradley
"Bornstein has given us that rarest of gifts: a book about hope, courage, and the power of extraordinary men and women who change the world." - Jeff Skoll, co-founder, eBay
"David Bornstein's book will touch the hearts and minds of many. I hope it will get the wide readership it deserves. Pick up a copy and spread the word!" - Arminio Fraga, former governor of the central bank of Brazil
"How to Change the World is a highly engaging examination of people addressing society's toughest problems. It encourages new ideas and practical problem solving. I have suggested that every member of my cabinet read this book." - Taksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand