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February 19, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

The Power of Unreasonable People: Case Studies and Examples of Social Entrepreneurs

I’m facinated with the stories and case studies of social entrepreneurs in “The Power of Unreasonable People” (and “Design for the Other 90 Percent”) Here are some of the examples Pamela Hartigan and John Elkington discuss in the “Power of Unreasonable People.”


Global Reporting Initiative
Social Accountability International



Emissions Trading

Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia

PoUP Resources:

First Book and First Book Marketplace
Recycla Chile for recycling e-waste
Bangladesh Rural Investment Committee (BRAC)
Aravid Eye Care System
Social Stock Exchange in Brazil
Parque Soft in Columbia
Capitalism 3.0 at Blended Value.
• Rob Katz at Next Billion has a short review with quotes from “The Power of Unreasonable People.”
• Or learn more about “The Power of Unreasonable People” at Social Edge.

• Or check out how Prahalad discusses transparency and accountability accomplishments of implementing computer kiosks via the e-chupal business model for social enterprise for the base of the pyramid in Inda.

If you work for these companies or related industries feel free to follow and message me on Twitter. Or you can choose to link up on Facebook or Linked in.


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  1. Jill Finlayson / Feb 24 2009 11:23 pm

    Thanks for mentioning the Unreasonable People blog on Social Edge. Feel free to follow us on Twitter too: @socialedge.

    Also, since you love case studies, you might be interested in some of the links to recommended reading for social entrepreneurs here:

    “most of the schools offering social entrepreneurship courses make their case studies and curriculum materials open source. Check out: University Network,, Harvard Business School for educators, ECCH the european clearing house for case studies, and every school has its own portal, e.g.”


  2. compassioninpolitics / Feb 25 2009 7:19 pm

    Thanks Jill those resources are fantastic. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Apr 11 2009 10:43 pm

    Does anyone know if there an english version of or should I just use Google translate?


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