In the midst of government retrenchment, austerity, and growing inequality, social entrepreneurs have in recent years come to prominence as sources of ideas, innovation, and funding for solving problems in societies worldwide. In this book, author and activist Asheem Singh shows how the social entrepreneurship movement developed from a number of extremely modest initial ventures into a global humanitarian and financial juggernaut that is rethinking philanthropy, government, and even capitalism itself.
An inspiring guide to a dynamic area of activism, The Moral Marketplace not only describes the current landscape of social entrepreneurism, but also reminds us that we all can play a crucial role in taking on the biggest challenges of our time.
About the Author
Asheem Singh is an internationally renowned campaigner, speaker, broadcaster and author. He was the youngest ever Chief Executive of the UK's leading network for charity and social enterprise leaders, ACEVO, and was the first Director of Policy and Strategy at the UK's leading venture philanthropy fund, Impetus-PEF. He has written widely on social entrepreneurship, leadership, technology, poverty and equalities for a range of international think tanks and publications including `The Guardian', `The Scotsman', and `The Spectator'.
"The Moral Marketplace puts the hype around social entrepreneurship into a wider political and ethical context, providing a hopeful vision for turning enthusiasm into positive social action." David Floyd, Managing Director, Social Spider "A remarkable book in dangerous times. Asheem Singh shows with brio, verve and wit, how civic and social activism is retaking its rightful place at the heart of all that is good about our world. He presents us with a carnivalesque cast of characters of dizzying variety and a book whose prescriptions should influence at the highest level. Singh is one of this generation's most exciting and accessible young thinkers." Phillip Blond, Director, Respublica "The Moral Marketplace is the most important work on social activism and the third sector to emerge this decade. Asheem Singh argues that only a fiercely progressive approach to changing the world will work. The future lies in these pages: not just for charities or social entrepreneurs, but for all of us." Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO of Charity Futures "Bursting with timely insights The Moral Marketplace makes an important contribution to our thinking about communities and social entrepreneurs. Far from being a dry academic treatise, Asheem Singh's book reads like a novel. Highly recommended." Professor Matt Qvortrup, Coventry University, author of 'Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader' "This book is the rallying cry for the socially conscious, business-savvy radical who knows that it's not enough to make a difference: today you can be the difference." Doug Miller, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Chairman "This book whirls the reader around the world and through history, telling stories which show a way forward that really will change things." Kate Welch OBE DL, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Acumen CIC