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A list of books, articles, videos and websites that helped many social entrepreneurs that we spoke to during the UK Social Entrepreneur Index

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Useful resources for Social Entrepreneurs

As part of our UK Social Entrepreneur Index campaign, we're compiling a list of the great resources and sources of information recommended by the successful social entrepreneurs who have been involved so far.

These books, articles, videos and websites have provided invaluable knowledge and encouragement to the social entrepreneurs we spoke to, helping them to succeed. We're updating this list as the recommendations come in, so keep checking back for fresh inspiration. 


Social Enterprise in Anytown - John Pearce 

12 Week Year - Brian P Moran and Michael Lennington 

Shoedog - Phil Knight 

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur - Jonathan Lewis 

Working Hard - and Working Well - David Hunter 

Powerful - Patty McCord 

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship - Teresa Chahine 

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice - Ken Banks 

Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works - Roger L. Martin 

Social Entrepreneurship For Dummies - Mark B. Durieux 

The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line - Jason Haber 

Social Entrepreneurship - Constant Beugré 

Lean Startups for Social Change - Michel Gelobter 

Start Something That Matters - Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS) 

The Accidental Social Entrepreneur - Grant Smith 

The Elephant in the Brain - Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson



How to Cure a Cancerous Economy

Doughnut Economics

Linking Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change: The Mediating Role of Empowerment- Dr Helen Haugh

Management for Social Enterprise – Professor Bob Doherty

The diverse world of social enterprise: A collection of social enterprise stories - Professor Bob Doherty



Impact Boom Podcast - Social Enterprise & Design

Social Entrepreneur

The Seven Seeds of Social Enterprise

Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast

Impact Hustlers - Entrepreneurs With Social Impact

Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast

BGFG Talks: Super Heroes of Social Enterprises

The Nature of Business, what natural systems can teach us about creating a healthy economy

NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneur with Nathan A Webster

In the Business of Change

The Finding Impact Podcast



TED Talks

Success Story from a Young Social Entrepreneur | Badr Fakiri | TEDxChouaibDoukkaliU

The Power of Social Entrepreneurship | Vishwakrit Choradia | TEDxPathwaysSchoolGurgaon

Ending Human Trafficking through Social Enterprise | Amber Runyon | TEDxHilliard

Social Entrepreneurship and the path of life | Vaishnavi Hatrote | TEDxKLSGIT

Social entrepreneurs are the new civilian heroes | Zhe You Guo | TEDxNCCU

How to be a social entrepreneur | Andy Stoll | TEDxUIowa

5 Keys to Success For Social Entrepreneurs | Lluis Pareras | TEDxBarcelonaChange

How to create a successful social enterprise | Marquis Cabrera | TEDxTeachersCollege

Changing the world through social entrepreneurship | Willemijn Verloop | TEDxUtrecht



Systemscraft toolkit 

Social Enterprise UK “Start Your Social Enterprise” Guide 



Social Enterprise UK


The School for Social Entrepreneurs

Wise 100


Generation Change

Centre for Youth Impact

Hatch Enterprise

CAN Invest


Female Entrepreneur Association


Impact Hub 

AABRS list of small business grants for women


NatWest Accelerator Programme

UnLtd Big Venture Programme 

The Young Academy (education)  


Related campaign: 

The UK Social Entrepreneur Index is a celebration of social entrepreneurship across the UK. 

Open to social entrepreneurs tackling a social or environmental issue at any scale, entrants will act as beacons of inspiration for others to encompass positive social impact.

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Ashleigh Smith
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