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Creating a World Without Poverty: How Social Business Can Transform Our Lives | [Muhammad Yunus]

Creating a World Without Poverty: How Social Business Can Transform Our Lives

While free markets have brought positive change, traditional capitalism cannot solve problems of inequality and poverty because of its view of people as solely profit-driven. In fact, humans have other drives and passions, including spiritual, social, and altruistic.
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While free markets have brought positive change, traditional capitalism cannot solve problems of inequality and poverty because of its view of people as solely profit-driven. In fact, humans have other drives and passions, including spiritual, social, and altruistic.

Welcome to the world of social business, where the creative vision of the entrepreneur is applied to today's most serious problems: feeding the poor, housing the homeless, healing the sick, and protecting the planet. Creating a World Without Poverty tells the stories of some of the earliest examples of social businesses, including Yunus' own Grameen Bank. It reveals the next phase in an economic and social revolution that is already underway and in the worldwide effort to eliminate poverty by unleashing the productive energy of every human being.

©2007 Muhammad Yunus; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"The influential economist and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize outlines his vision for a new business model that combines the power of free markets with the quest for a more humane world." (Bookseller)

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    A. shah durant, Ok 03-12-09 Member Since 2006

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    "excellent book"

    A great book to read. I have read authors prevouse book called bankers to poors. Both are insight into todays micro and macro economics.

    The narratortion of this book is of very bad quality. The reader is not reading the book , he is giving a lecture. He is slow and boring.

    The prevouse book quality is so good that it feels like you are driving on a smooth road the ipod is in your car and the information is downloaded to your cortex through a cable/DSL modem. This book is something like you are downloading through a 56k old modem. So slooooooooowwww.

    still worth listening to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    marie keaau, HI, United States 09-25-10
    marie keaau, HI, United States 09-25-10
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    "could not finish it"

    He spoke too lenghtily on Dannon yogurt. Too many un-necessary details. It felt tedious and boring, I kept saying get to the point. I wanted to learn something, but it was way too tedious for me. I got lost in a million little details.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maha Bali Egypt 01-14-10
    Maha Bali Egypt 01-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "informational but drags on a bit?"

    I'm not sure if it's the narration, the translation, or the writing style of the original author but I felt the book dragged on and on. I learned a lot, really I did, and it inspired me. But I only liked the first few hours. Everything else after that sounds very repetitive (I've been stuck in the middle of the book for a while now and can't finish it).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glen Hopkinton, NH, USA 07-22-10
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    "Good on the whole"

    While slow and repetitive at times, this is a good book with an important message about one means of alleviating poverty. I look forward to reading more of Yunus' books and more about him. The narration of this book left something to be desired. The hideous French accent put on for the French characters was mind boggling. Why? And the restarts after an error, without editing out the error, made for an amateurish feel. Still, well worth the listen.

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    Paul St. Louis, MO, United States 01-24-08
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    "Narrator is awful"

    I can't stand listening to Patrick Lawlor's nasal whine for more than two minutes. His voice has no depth and no character at all. It's really horrible that such a great book has been chosen to be narrated by such an awful narrator.

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    Encouraging, enlightening, a grand journey and hope for us all, based on real successes and adventures. Bold thoughts and arguments that anyone can grasp and run with. Great stuff from a Nobel Peace Prize winning mind.

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