Giridharadas’ thesis is a compelling critique of what he calls “MarketWorld”—a set of beliefs that have overtaken our culture with the idea that “if you really want to change the world, you must rely on the techniques, resources, and personnel of capitalism,” ignoring the possibility that capitalism itself, as it is largely practiced today, might be at least one cause of the problems we are seeking to solve.
For years the public, private and nonprofit sectors have worked separately to address key global challenges. But now, those challenges have outgrown this piecemeal approach, say the authors of the new book “Social Value Investing: A Management Framework for Effective Partnerships." In this Q&A with NextBillion, authors Howard W. Buffett and William B. Eimicke explore why cross-sector partnerships are the best way to create lasting social impact – and how to make those partnerships work.
Sometimes the path to social entrepreneurship can be unexpected. Take Israeli entrepreneur Yo'Av Moshe: After an armed confrontation with Israeli soldiers, he decided to use his skills to create social change in his country. He later found the inspiration for his business after leaving Tel Aviv to build a home on wheels with its own solar power system. Moshe now runs the startup SolarBox, which provides off-grid solutions in the Palestinian territories and other areas in and around Israel. He discusses the company’s unique origin story, its struggles and its tangible impact.