Harvard Business Review Press
October 6, 2015
In this compelling book, strategy guru Roger L. Martin and Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally R. Osberg describe how social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust equilibrium and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria. All of these leaders – call them disruptors, visionaries, or changemakers – develop, build, and scale their solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place.
The book begins with a probing and useful theory of social entrepreneurship, moving through history to illuminate what it is, how it works, and the nature of its role in modern society. The authors then set out a framework for understanding how successful social entrepreneurs actually go about producing transformative change. There are four key stages: understanding the world; envisioning a new feature; building a model for change; and scaling the solution. With both depth and nuance, Martin and Osberg offer rich examples and personal stories and share lessons and tools invaluable to anyone who aspires to drive positive change, whatever the context.
Getting Beyond Better sets forth a bold new framework, demonstrating how and why meaningful change actually happens in the world and providing concrete lessons and a practical model for businesses, policymakers, civil society organizations, and individuals who seek to transform our world for good.
Roger L. Martin has written many award-winning books, including Playing to Win (with A. G. Lafley), as well as numerous articles in Harvard Business Review and other leading journals and newspapers. He is former dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He has been on the board of the Skoll Foundation since its formation in 1999.
Sally R. Osberg is President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. Under Sally’s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than one hundred ventures led by social entrepreneurs active on five continents; established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School of Oxford University; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations such as the Sundance Institute and the Social Progress Imperative.