There are thousands of social entrepreneurship programs in
various stages of planning and implementation at any given time.
For the most part, these programs start out small with the
intention of "scaling up" based on trial and error. One Laptop per
Child started out with a very ambitious mission--to provide more
information and better education to the world's poor via an
inexpensive laptop. Almost immediately this organization garnered
attention--the ambition, the caliber of people working on the
program and the initial success. This book tells not only the story
of this lofty group of pioneers, but also puts the lessons into
perspective for future social entrepreneurs--what it means to work
in this environment, how to collaborate with educators,
organizations, countries, administrators, businesses. Part
narrative history of OLpC, part social entrepreneurship lessons and
part futuristic look at attaining the education goals it set out,
this book offers a real on the ground look at how this group
brought together, business, educators, technology, non-profits, and
entrepreneurs to help bring an education to the world's
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