Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer...
A Book on Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan
Leading Social Entrepreneurs of Pakistan: The Unsung Heroes, a new book by Iqbal M. Khan, pays a tribute to the social entrepreneurs and innovators of Pakistan who worked against all odds to make a lasting impact on the country's social economy and infrastructure.
The book takes a close look at 92 Pakistani social entrepreneurs and traces their social ventures and the inspiration behind them. Khan says that these enterprising men and women are social fighters and urges the reader to join this human battle by embracing the spirit of social enterprise and playing a proactive social role.
The book is divided into nine sections, starting with a general overview. The sections are primarily focused on different areas of social entrepreneurship, including health, education, micro finance, child development, community development, human rights, heritage and environment conservation, gender issues and women empowerment. The book is not just a collection of biographical essays to trace the journeys of leading social entrepreneurs in Pakistan, but it also serves as a source of inspiration and guidance for those who have an aspiration to make a real impact to improve the socio-economic conditions in the country.
Unsung Heroes conducts an incisive analysis of the lives and experiences of 92 social entrepreneurs. It reviews their achievements in various social ventures and urges the reader to acknowledge these tireless men and women as the real enterprising force in Pakistan. Khan presents a biographical sketch of each individual and dwells upon their unique endeavors and achievements. The book comes across as an inspirational guide that sets an example for the future generations of how social enterprise can transform lives and bring positive change.
The book not only celebrates social entrepreneurship, but also urges youngsters not to be deterred by the gigantic social challenges facing the nation and asks them to get rid of the fear of failure that prevents them from taking action. The book cites the exemplary performance of social entrepreneurs who could not have achieved what they did, had they been paralyzed by the fear of failure, or had they paid heed to cynics and critics of their path-breaking endeavors.
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