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31 Social Entrepreneurs Inspired by Reading

How Founders Take Some Time Off to Reboot

— June 21, 2013 — Social Good
SocialBusiness.org has done dozens of interviews and the featured social entrepreneurs inspired by reading have cited numerous books that they turn to in order to reset, reboot, recharge and get themselves on their way to be ready for another busy and long day as they start up their own social business or social enterprise. Some of the thinkers here didn't cite books but simply cited reading more generally as a way for them to learn about what's going on in the field at large -- or perhaps they dived into a little fiction in order to get their mind off of things.

Some of these social entrepreneurs inspired by reading, like Barb Stegemann of Dragon's Den, who founded an ethical perfume company called 'The 7 Virtues,' have written books on their own.
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Kevin Jones, Co-Founder of Good Capital (INTERVIEW)
Kevin Jones, Co-Founder of Good Capital (INTERVIEW)
Investment Firm with Poverty and Inequality in
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Tracey Spokes, Artistic Director of 13th Theatre Company (INTERVIEW)
Tracey Spokes, Artistic Director of 13th Theatre Company (INTERVIEW)
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Tim Draimin, Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (INTERVIEW)
Tim Draimin, Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (INTERVIEW)
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Dave Llorens, CEO of 1BOG (INTERVIEW)
Dave Llorens, CEO of 1BOG (INTERVIEW)
Making Home Solar Affordable
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Tim Draimin, Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (INTERVIEW)
Tim Draimin, Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (INTERVIEW)
Part One
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Dave Simnick and Eric Vong, Founders of SoapBox Soaps (INTERVIEW)
Dave Simnick and Eric Vong, Founders of SoapBox Soaps (INTERVIEW)
1 for 1 Soap that Gives Back
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Meg Wirth, CEO of Maternova (INTERVIEW)
Meg Wirth, CEO of Maternova (INTERVIEW)
Linking Doctors & Midwives with Low-Cost Medical Supplies
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Eve Friedman, Founder of Eve Echo (INTERVIEW)
Eve Friedman, Founder of Eve Echo (INTERVIEW)
Beauty Products That Provide Microloans
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Piyush Mangukiya, Founder of EducateNCare (INTERVIEW)
Piyush Mangukiya, Founder of EducateNCare (INTERVIEW)
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Felix Cheung, Founder of DopeHut (INTERVIEW)
Felix Cheung, Founder of DopeHut (INTERVIEW)
Online Store for Socially Aware Streetwear
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Thurlow Hanson-Moore, Founder of the TOUCH Initiative (INTERVIEW)
Thurlow Hanson-Moore, Founder of the TOUCH Initiative (INTERVIEW)
Socially Innovative Rugby Balls
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Dr. Jordan Kassalow, Founder and CEO of VisionSpring (INTERVIEW)
Dr. Jordan Kassalow, Founder and CEO of VisionSpring (INTERVIEW)
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Nathan Rothstein, Marketing and Sales at Project Repat (INTERVIEW)
Nathan Rothstein, Marketing and Sales at Project Repat (INTERVIEW)
Artisan-Empowering Enterprise
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Katie Jeanes, Founder of A Little More Good (INTERVIEW)
Katie Jeanes, Founder of A Little More Good (INTERVIEW)
Helping People in Vancouver Give Back
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Emily Holdridge, Co-Founder of Everything Happy (INTERVIEW)
Emily Holdridge, Co-Founder of Everything Happy (INTERVIEW)
Kid's One-for-One Blanket Business
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Leslie Beasley, Co-Founder/Managing Director of The Open Arms Shop (INTERVIEW)
Leslie Beasley, Co-Founder/Managing Director of The Open Arms Shop (INTERVIEW)
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Worldstock (INTERVIEW)
Worldstock (INTERVIEW)
In Commemoration of the Passing of World Fair Trade Day
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Eric Cope, Founder of Smile Squared (INTERVIEW)
Eric Cope, Founder of Smile Squared (INTERVIEW)
One for One Toothbrushes
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Ajay Godhwani, Founder & CEO of Intuary (INTERVIEW)
Ajay Godhwani, Founder & CEO of Intuary (INTERVIEW)
Verbally for iPad
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Mike Radparvar, Co-Founder of Holstee (INTERVIEW)
Mike Radparvar, Co-Founder of Holstee (INTERVIEW)
On Using a Manifesto, Not a Business Plan
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Rachel Cope, Co-Founder of Lazy Angel (INTERVIEW)
Rachel Cope, Co-Founder of Lazy Angel (INTERVIEW)
Browser Ad-On that Fights Malnutrition
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Jennifer Gootman, Executive Director of Global Goods Partners (INTERVIEW)
Jennifer Gootman, Executive Director of Global Goods Partners (INTERVIEW)
Fair Trade Online Store
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Stacy McCoy, Co-Founder of Give to Get Jobs
Stacy McCoy, Co-Founder of Give to Get Jobs
Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Job Board
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Barb Stegemann, CEO of The 7 Virtues (INTERVIEW)
Barb Stegemann, CEO of The 7 Virtues (INTERVIEW)
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Assaf Weisz, Founder of Venture Deli (INTERVIEW)
Assaf Weisz, Founder of Venture Deli (INTERVIEW)
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Nick Foley, Founder of Celebrate the Hero (INTERVIEW)
Nick Foley, Founder of Celebrate the Hero (INTERVIEW)
Anti-Bullying Initiative
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Jimmy Ostholm, Founder & CEO of The Porteur Foundation (INTERVIEW)
Jimmy Ostholm, Founder & CEO of The Porteur Foundation (INTERVIEW)
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Sharon Schneider, Founder & CEO of Good Karma Clothing for Kids (INTERVIEW)
Sharon Schneider, Founder & CEO of Good Karma Clothing for Kids (INTERVIEW)
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Merete Mueller, Writer & Producer of The Tiny Documentary (INTERVIEW)
Merete Mueller, Writer & Producer of The Tiny Documentary (INTERVIEW)
Small Home Movement
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Bridget Hilton and Ben Richardson, Co-Founders of Jack's Soap (INTERVIEW)
Bridget Hilton and Ben Richardson, Co-Founders of Jack's Soap (INTERVIEW)
1 for 1 Soap
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Brooks Dame, Founder of Proof Eyewear (INTERVIEW)
Brooks Dame, Founder of Proof Eyewear (INTERVIEW)
Sustainable Wood Sunglasses with a Cause
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