Teresa Chahine: Introduction to Social
CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2016, Textbook—292 pp, £44.99
Published online: 30 January 2017
Ó International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University 2017
Dr. Teresa Chahine is the Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader at the Harvard
T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Center for Health and the Global Environment.
She teaches social entrepreneurship at Harvard Chan School and Harvard Extension
School. Since 2012, Dr. Chahine is also the Director of Alfanar Lebanon, a venture
philanthropy organization supporting social entrepreneurs in Lebanon and Egypt.
Based both on the author’s practical experience in working with social
entrepreneurs around the world and on the course of social entrepreneurship she
teaches, the content of the book includes exercises and learning tools (i.e. example
boxes, discussion questions, planning templates, assignments) and plenty of case
examples of social entrepreneurship from various sectors (health, environment,
energy, education, agriculture, microﬁnance) from rural and urban areas around the
world. Too, the book includes short interviews with some gurus of social
entrepreneurship like: Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank), Bill Dryton (Ashoka) or
Matt Flannery (Kiva).
The author stated in the Preface that the purpose of the book is to acknowledge
that the social entrepreneurs ‘‘have created and implemented effective, scalable and
sustainable solutions to the most basic of human challenges’’ (p. xvii), making a
huge difference for the underserved population around the world. The readers can
pick a challenge of their choice and to create and develop a solution for it by
applying the different learning tools and concepts from the book.
The manual is structured in 6 modules and 13 chapters arranged in order that is
easy to fallow, even if ‘‘this is not always the order in which social entrepreneurship
takes place’’ (p. 13).
Book Review Editor: Marc Jegers.
& Nicolae Cuta
Social Economy Development Foundation, Craiova, Romania
Voluntas (2017) 28:2807–2808