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The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

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Jonathan C. Lewis is a life-long social justice activist and accomplished social entrepreneur. Jonathan is the Founder of MCE Social Capital, an innovative social venture that leverages $110 million of private capital to finance tiny business loans to deeply impoverished people, mostly women, in 33 countries in the developing world. He is also Founder and President of the Opportunity Collaboration, an annual strategic business retreat for 450 senior level anti-poverty leaders from around the globe. In addition, Jonathan is the co-founder of Copia Global, an Amazon-like consumer catalog serving the base of the economic pyramid in Kenya. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Swift Foundation. Jonathan also serves as a General Partner of Dev Equity, a social impact investment fund in Latin America. Jonathan has taught social entrepreneurship at New York University, the University of California (Berkeley), and has lectured at universities around the world. He is a recipient of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award. During his eclectic career, Jonathan has served as the founder and CEO of a global business knowledge company in the healthcare sector, Chief Budget Adviser to the President of the California State Senate (who, in public debate in the Senate, said to his colleagues, "if the Senate has a resident genius, it's Jonathan Lewis"), founder and CEO of an urban real estate development company and owner of a contemporary art gallery. Jonathan is on a search to find the tastiest hot dog at the wackiest hot dog stand in the world. He collects art made by developing world artisans using recycled materials. He lives near San Francisco with his wife of 45 years. His son Aaron is a public interest lawyer.


"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 and 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 and 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 and 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, Executive Director, Program on Social Enterprise, 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, Ross School of Business, 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, Fundacion 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

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