What Makes Social Entrepreneurs Different

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Prahalad's " bottom of the pyramid ," that began life as academic research. Social entrepreneurs have also been some of the most attentive followers of the academic debate between the likes of Mark Pitt and Jonathan Murdoch about whether microfinance really helps reduce poverty.

Businesses Serving the Poor Need to Get Over Their Unease About Profit

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Prahalad and his colleagues more than a decade ago in a series of articles and books, and it has stuck in the minds of businesspeople, policy makers, and nonprofits despite results that can only be described as dismal. Prahalad's brilliance and persuasiveness certainly had something to do with it. The microfinance industry is a rare D and E success story.