Entrepreneurs helping communities through innovation
19 July 2011
The Social Entrepreneur: Making Communities Work
By Andrew Mawson
When Andrew Mawson arrived in Bromley-by-Bow in the east end of London, in the 1980s, it was in a state of social, economic and material disrepair. Living there, getting to know the residents and institutions, he soon realized that by unlocking its untapped potential, the community could begin to turn itself around. The result: the Bromley-by-Bow Centre has encouraged literacy, housing, business, health, welfare and enterprise in the area to flourish. Time and again using the same approach, Mawson has succeeded where the government and others have failed. His inspiring and timely book will demonstrate, through his own experience how, by seeking creative, dynamic, entrepreneurial ways of tackling seemingly intractable social problems, we can all make real changes in our communities.
“The Richard Branson of the Social Sector” – Libby Purves
“Buy this book, even if you think it’s not relevant for you in your life” – Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project
“Andrew Mawson is social justice in motion. A hard hitting, tough-talking gentle doer of big business change. This book is essential if you want a future” – John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue
£14.99 + Postage and Packing
Jorge Fernandez Vidal at 8:29pm 18th March, 2010
Let me congratulate you for your incredible work and for the excellent book you have written.
Reading it has been a pleasure and a truly inspirational experience.
It is greatly rewarding to know that other people have managed to achieve so much with so little (I could not help grinning when I read that you started off with £400 in your church’s bank account).
Ali Golds, Operation Enterprise Ltd at 15:55pm 27 July, 2011
I felt compelled to write to you after reading your inspirational book, The Social Entrepreneur. It spoke to me on so many levels and made me want to grab my own part of the world and shake it into a new era, exactly as you have managed to do with yours.
Robert Durward at 1:46pm 24th October, 2011
The Social Entrepreneur is a first class read. It is inspirational in that it shows what can be achieved. It is also refreshing as its real life improvements demonstrate the innate power of the human spirit - given half a chance.
Alison Burrows at 3:57pm 6th January, 2012
Hi Andrew. I am reading your excellent book and am thoroughly enjoying it. I normally read books slowly but finding this book great fun to read :)
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