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by Roger L. Martin , Sally Osberg

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Who drives transformation in society? How do they do it?

In this compelling book, strategy guru Roger L. Martin and Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally R. Osberg describe how social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust equilibrium and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria. All of these leaders—call them disrupters, visionaries, or changemakers—develop, build, and scale their solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place.

The book begins with a probing and useful theory of social entrepreneurship, moving through history to illuminate what it is, how it works, and the nature of its role in modern society. The authors then set out a framework for understanding how successful social entrepreneurs actually go about producing transformative change. There are four key stages: understanding the world; envisioning a new future; building a model for change; and scaling the solution. With both depth and nuance, Martin and Osberg offer rich examples and personal stories and share lessons and tools invaluable to anyone who aspires to drive positive change, whatever the context.

Getting Beyond Better sets forth a bold new framework, demonstrating how and why meaningful change actually happens in the world and providing concrete lessons and a practical model for businesses, policymakers, civil society organizations, and individuals who seek to transform our world for good.

Editorial Reviews

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“An insightful, well-structured, and practical-minded analysis of social entrepreneurship that is likely to be of help to established and aspiring social entrepreneurs.” — Library Journal

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“They admit that �true equilibrium change is a higher bar’—but they convincingly argue that it can be met.” — BizEd magazine

“… valuable insights and many fascinating stories for those seeking to understand social entrepreneurs or to join their ranks.” — The Globe and Mail

“… if you are sitting at your C-suite office wondering whether you want to spend the rest of your life making a genuine difference to the world outside of business, this book could be just what's needed to give you the motivation to do it.” — Management Today

“It should be one that is not just read as an explanation and valuation of social entrepreneurship but also as a system check for this field and where it belongs in the overall universe of proposed solutions to tackling the world’s most pressing challenges.” — Alliance Magazine

“It’s a phenomenon so new we don’t even know how many there are, let alone how they do what they do. Which is why Roger Martin and Sally Osberg recently published what may be the first book to document the practices of social entrepreneurs, Getting Beyond Better. You couldn’t ask for better guides.” — Financial Post

“…a riveting and instructive read.” — Jack Covert, 800 CEO READ

“… an accessible theory and workable framework for developing, building and scaling solutions that transform unjust systems and drive positive change.” — David Slocum, FORBES

Advance Praise for Getting Beyond Better:

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever—
“The most persuasive account yet of the relationship between our biggest global challenges and the role of social entrepreneurship. Essential reading for anyone who still doubts the power of the social entrepreneur.”

Melinda Gates, cochair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—
“Through the stories of status quo–shifting entrepreneurs, including two of my heroes, Paul Farmer and Molly Melching, this powerful book shows what more equitable societies could look like—and what we can all do to make that new normal a reality.”

Tim Brown, President and CEO, IDEO; author, Change by Design—
“Social entrepreneurship is a powerful vehicle for positive societal impact, but to exploit it successfully we must first understand what it is and where it has been done well. Getting Beyond Better brilliantly provides the clear definition and case studies that will inspire practitioners, students, funders, and teachers to add their contribution to this important global movement.”

Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank; father of microcredit and social business; and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize—
“Poverty, worsening income-wealth-opportunity disparity, and climate change are threatening the world. To make the world socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable, we need to bring out the social entrepreneur in all of us. This enlightening yet deeply practical book will help us do that.”

Bill Drayton, founder and CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public—
“Roger Martin and Sally Osberg’s Getting Beyond Better is the best—the best explanation of how social entrepreneurship regularly upsets crazy but deeply rooted social patterns. And the most clearly written book I’ve read in years.”

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, founder and Chair, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; author, Giving 2.0—
“Getting Beyond Better shines a spectacular light on social entrepreneurship—what it is and what it requires. Roger Martin and Sally Osberg brilliantly bring together invaluable years of theory, practice, and wisdom to create a must-read for anyone striving to disrupt the status quo for good.”

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