Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Changing Our World

Edited by Zachary D. Kaufman

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities provides crucial insight into social entrepreneurship from visionaries in the field as well as other experienced practitioners and renowned theorists. While this book focuses on social entrepreneurship as it relates to genocide and other atrocities, the experiences and lessons learned also apply to additional critical social, economic, legal and political problems such as healthcare, development, education and literacy.


Amy Chua

Subjects: business and management, social entrepreneurship, development studies, development studies, social entrepreneurship, law - academic, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights, social entrepreneurship


Amy Chua After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a consensus emerged, not only in the United States, but also to a considerable extent around the world. Markets and democracy, working hand in hand, would transform the world into a community of modernized, productive, peace-loving nations. In the process, ethnic hatred, religious zealotry, and other ‘backward’ aspects of underdevelopment would be swept away.1 Unfortunately, something very different has happened. Since 1989, we have seen the proliferation of ethnic conflict, intensifying fundamentalism and anti-Americanism, wars and war crimes, two genocides of magnitudes unprecedented since the Nazi Holocaust, and a rising tide of worldwide terrorism.2 Sometimes, states respond to these problems with massive force. Other times, they are unwilling or unable to respond at all. Either way, these new and often horrific challenges are too important and too complex for states alone to address. Even when states do get involved, they usually leave instability and festering wounds in their wake. Social entrepreneurship, an emerging theme in global political, economic, development, and cultural issues, helps fill this crucial gap. Some have argued that the twenty-first century needs an ‘American Empire’ to deal with rogue states and spreading violence.3 Others believe that American unilateralism and militarism have fueled global turbulence.4 Whatever one’s politics, this book has refreshingly demonstrated that civil society – including young people with big ideas and a lot of heart – has great potential to address atrocities, often in ways states, international institutions, or large foundations can’t or won’t. ‘Social entrepreneurship’ is difficult...