The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

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All book profits donated to social justice causes.

By Jonathan C. Lewis

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur is about powering up your social justice career.

The world feels so screwed up, so unfair, so unnecessarily mean, so Trumpian. More than ever, the world needs you. This book is a book of conviction about the unfinished work of social justice. According to Lewis: "The crusty work of social entrepreneurship is as much fun as I’m permitted to have in public. It’s joyous, fulfilling and happy-making. Tackling big challenges is heady stuff. Fighting the good fight is utterly gratifying."

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur is a compendium of 21 original essays and insights - part memoir, part handbook - about the challenges and questions every social entrepreneur thinks about. For the novice changemaker, each chapter bristles with provocative tips and tools to transform your social justice career. Because social entrepreneurship is not called solo entrepreneurship, the book also contains 19 additional commentaries by other change-makers.

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Praise for The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

This book is fucking incredible. What a pleasure to read. Required reading. I think this will be one of the most important books in social entrepreneurship. I don’t actually know how Jonathan managed to capture this much nuance, wisdom, leadership and other things and never let it get boring. I read the whole thing in a day. I couldn’t put it down.

Saul Garlick, Founder & Chairman, ThinkImpact

A book for our times. A witty, must-read primer for every social entrepreneur and every changemaker. Practical, hard-hitting advice coupled to important ethical questions confronting our field. A refreshing, unique look at the field of social entrepreneurship. Jonathan gives us the pragmatic guideposts we all need. The book I wish I had read in college.

Premal Shah, President & Co-Founder, KIVA

Buckle up! From the Bolivian Andes to the California lowlands, Jonathan takes you for a ride that will shake your inner radical free. By turns erudite and irreverent, angry and inspiring, this riveting, remarkable book nails what it means to be a social entrepreneur. On Lewis’s rollicking road to enlightenment, you’ll laugh out loud and be moved to tears. You’ll meet an unforgettable cast of characters who have shaped one self-proclaimed “unfinished” social entrepreneur in his life’s quest to right all that’s wrong in the world. Read this book to rekindle your passion, re-right your compass, and restore your belief in what human beings can achieve. Read this book to renew your soul.

Sally Osberg, President & CEO, Skoll Foundation

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur is certainly a call to action, but it is equally a call to reflection, to celebration, to accountability. Jonathan’s voice is exuberant; ebullient; authentic. He is irreverent toward the current orthodoxies of social entrepreneurship and unapologetically seeks to reorient his reader to root motivations—to be honestly engaged in demanding work that aligns our own needs with the core social and environmental challenges of our times. His is a wide-ranging, eclectic, inclusive mind. His vision is both grand and gritty, inspirational and everyday, inviting us to bridge and meld lofty ambition with practical reality.

Tony Sheldon, Director, Social Enterprise Program, Yale School of Management

Lewis will make you laugh, cry or get angry, and then act! An impassioned plea to do change-making: citizen-get-off-your-ass. This is a good book! Saul Alinsky meets Dave Barry. Mandela meets Chris Rock.

Michael Gordon, Director, Center for Social Impact, University of Michigan

Jonathan humanizes social entrepreneurship. He talks to us in a straightforward way, illustrating with personal experience the ups and downs of a social change career. He reminds seasoned social entrepreneurs of the importance of a moral compass, of remembering whose side we’re on, and of deciding which enemies are worth making. Funny; engaging; deep. The book I wish I’d read when I was 18.

Martin Burt, Founder and CEO, Fundación Paraguaya

Jonathan Lewis has risked trying and learning changemaking, and shares that journey in a light-footed style that treats the reader like a family member.

Bill Drayton, CEO, Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker