Principales empresarios sociales

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These indiviuals recognise a social problem and use entrepreneurial principles to organise, create, and manage a venture for social change. They have “managed to translate their visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people.” - 2006 Nobel peace prize awarded to Muhammad Yunus.

Present day social entrepreneurs

  • Muhammad Yunus, founder of microcredit and the Grameen Bank. He was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Dr.Verghese Kurien, founder of the AMUL Dairy Project which has revolutionized the dairy industry through the production chain of milk, small producers, consumer products and health benefits.
  • Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, Youth Venture, and Get America Working.
  • Sebastien Marot, founder of Friends International.
  • Jody Williams, founder and chair of the Nober Women’s Initiative.
  • Matt &Jessica Flannery, launched Kiva - the online micro-lending venture.
  • Joe Madiath, founder and Executive Director of Gram Vikas.
  • Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun, co-founders of D.light Design - a social venture providing high-quality, affordable energy solutions for families living without adequate electricity around the world.
  • Roshaneh Zafar, founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foundation - Pakistan's third largest microfinance institution.
  • Jordan Kassalov, founder of VisionSpring - a social enterprise, helping women create businesses to sell eye glasses to those at the bottom of the pyramid who need them the most.
  • Ann Cotton, founder and Executive Director of CAMFED International - an international organisation dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of young women.
Historical examples of social entrepreneurs
  • Susan B. Anthony (U.S.) - Fought for Women's Rights in the United States, including the right to control property and helped spearhead adoption of the 19th amendment.
  • David Brower (U.S.) - Environmentalist and conservationist, he served as the Sierra Club's first executive director and built it into a worldwide network for environmental issues. He also founded Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters and The Earth Island Institute.
  • Vinoba Bhave (India) - Founder and leader of the Land Gift Movement, he caused the redistribution of more than 7,000,000 acres of land to aid India's untouchables and landless. Mahatma Gandhi described him as his mentor.
  • Frederick Law Olmstead (U.S.) - Creator of major urban parks, including Rock Creek Park in Washington DC and Central Park in NYC, he is generally considered to have developed the profession of landscape architecture in America.
  • Mary Montessori (Italy) - Developed the Montessori approach to early childhood education
  • Gifford Pinchot (U.S.) - Champion of the forest as a multiple use environment, he helped found the Yale School of Forestry and created the U.S. Forest Service, serving as its first chief
  • Florence Nightingale (U.K.) - Founder of modern nursing, she established the first school for nurses and fought to improve hospital conditions
  • Margaret Sanger (U.S.) - Founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she led the movement for family planning efforts around the world
  • John Muir (U.S.) - Naturalist and conservationist, he established the National Park System and helped found The Sierra Club.
  • Jean Monnet (France) - Responsible for the reconstruction and modernization of the French economy following World War II, including the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). The ECSC and the European Common Market were Monnet's mechanisms to integrate Europe and were direct precursers of the European Union, which have shaped the course of European history and global international affairs.
  • John Woolman (U.S.) - Led U.S. Quakers to voluntarily emancipate all their slaves between 1758 and 1800, his work also influenced the British Society of Friends, a major force behind the British decision to ban slaveholding. Quakers, of course, became a major force in the U.S. abolitionist movement as well as a key part of the infrastructure of the Underground Railroad.

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  1. Empresariado social
  2. Empresariado social: entre los fallos de mercado y gubernamentales
  3. Características del empresariado social
  4. Iniciativas de empresariado social y sector cultural
  5. Entrevista con Eva Moe, de la Fundación para el Conocimiento (Suecia)
  6. Entrevista video con Bas Ruyssenaars, The Beach (Países Bajos)
  7. Definiciones y conceptos
  8. Principales empresarios sociales
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