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By popular demand: The Disruptors Extended Ebook Edition by Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber out now

The DisruptorsThe Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has announced the official release of The Disruptors Extended Ebook Edition: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society by Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber.

The Disruptors Extended Ebook Edition is a follow up to the The Disruptors, which was released in March 2016.

Both editions are published by GIBS and Bookstorm, with support from the National Treasury and the government of Flanders, and are authored by Kerryn Krige, head of the GIBS Network for Social Entrepreneurship (GIBS NSE), and award-winning journalist Gus Silber.

“Social entrepreneurship makes sense,” Krige says. “We know that business cannot focus on generating profit alone if it wants to thrive, and our social entrepreneurs show the enormous value of setting up hybrid businesses that generate both social and economic value.”

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The Disruptors Extended Ebook Edition: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society tells the stories of South Africa’s social entrepreneurs, such as Vuyani Dance Theatre’s revolution of township dance and Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison’s Spark Schools which are transforming the landscape of affordable, quality education.

The first edition of The Disruptors has already been reprinted in SA and the US after exceeding sales. This extended edition, available as an ebook for Kindle and Kobo, profiles four social entrepreneurs: Trevor Mulaudzi, whose work in sanitation has earned him the nickname the Doctor Shit, Tsonga Shoes’s Peter Maree, early childhood development visionary Jane Evans, and Guy Stubbs whose naked honey, on sale in Dis-Chem, is transforming the lives of communities in Mpumalanga.

Founder and chair of the Women’s Development Bank Trust Zanele Mbeki says in the book’s foreword, “GIBS with its academic and executive programmes in social entrepreneurship and its networks, is the potential catalyst that we need in South Africa to bring big business, government and civil society together.”

The Disruptors Extended Ebook Edition: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society is written in an engaging manner that defies the boundaries of traditional business books. Krige and Silber storify the turning point that led to the creation of the social enterprises and balance this with a compelling academic take that positions the entrepreneur on a social enterprise spectrum.

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Join some of our greatest social entrepreneurs for the launch of The Disruptors in Port Elizabeth

Invitation to the launch of The Disruptors

 
The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and SocietyThe Gordon Institute of Business Science and Bookstorm invite you to the Port Elizabeth launch of Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber’s new book, The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society.

Join the authors and some of South Africa’s greatest social entrepreneurs as they share insight into their organisations, what drives them and sustains them.

The event will take place on Friday, 28 October at the GFI Art Gallery. Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 28 October 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: GFI Art Gallery (previously known as Ron Belling)
    30 Park Dr.
    Port Elizabeth | Map
  • RSVP: Kovashni Gordhan, kgordhan@live.co.za, 083 222 5781

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“People are generating a profit by doing good in their communities” – Kerryn Krige on The Disruptors (Video)

The DisruptorsThe Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society by Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber tells the story of how social entrepreneurs are imagining a better way to a better world.

GIBS Business School has shared a video of the launch of The Disruptors on their YouTube channel in which Krige explains why she is so excited by this important study. The launch took place at the University of Johannesburg earlier this year.

“For the first time, we really have a full profile of what modern-day social entrepreneurship looks like in South Africa and the real breadth of activity that is happening in this space,” Krige says. “So, people are generating a profit by doing good in their communities.”

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How “super-entrepreneurs” will shape our economic future – The Disruptors author Kerryn Krige explains

The DisruptorsKerryn Krige chatted to SABC News recently about her new book, The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society.

The Disruptors, co-written by Krige and Gus Silber, focuses on a new breed of social entrepreneurs – who Krige calls “super-entrepreneurs” – who are striving to build and grow enterprises that fight social ills, foster opportunity, and help to improve society.

South Africa’s unemployment rate is at an eight year high – a situation that calls for innovative solutions. “As our economy gets more difficult for business to thrive in,” Krige says, “I do believe it’s our social entrepreneurs who hold the secret key to how entrepreneurship can thrive in South Africa.”

Krige is a specialist in social and environmental enterprise and heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at Gordon Institute for Business Science.

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Don’t miss the launch of The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society

Invitation to the launch of The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business And Society

 
The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business And SocietyThe UJ Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Economy (CSESE) and the UJ Library in partnership with Bookstorm Publishers invite you to a discussion with Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber the authors of The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society.

The event will take place at the University of Johannesburg on Thursday, 12 May.

The authors will be joined Adelaide Sheik of CSESE.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016
  • Time: 4:30 PM for 5:00 PM
  • Venue: APK Library Auditorium
    Cnr Kingsway & University Road
    Auckland Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Panelist: Adelaide Sheik
  • RSVP: Theodorah Modise, licevents@uj.ac.za, 011 559 2264

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How social entrepreneurs are reinventing business and society: The Disruptors by Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber

The DisruptorsFind out about a new style of social entrepreneurs who are changing the way business integrates with social settings in The Disruptors by Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber:

Can business change the world? Can the world change business?

For a new breed of social entrepreneurs, striving to build and grow enterprises that fight social ills, foster opportunity, and help to improve society, the answer is not can, it’s must.

Meet the Disruptors: impassioned by purpose, and emboldened by ideals, social entrepreneurs imagine a better way to a better world. And then they go out of their way to bring it to life.

Through these tales of daring, struggle, triumph, and innovation, you’ll learn their secrets as they blend business principles with social change. From healthcare to mobile gaming, from education to recycling, from dancing to gardening, these are the game-changers, the difference-makers, the doers of good. Here are their stories.

Published in association with GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science), National Treasury and the government of Flanders.

About the authors

Kerryn Krige heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at GIBS, which focuses on achieving both social and economic change through social enterprise. Krige has worked in the social sector since 2001 with numerous UK charities, and began her career as a journalist for business news channel Summit TV. She holds a Masters in Development Studies.

Gus Silber is an award-winning journalist, editor, speechwriter and author, with a special interest in social entrepreneurship. He has penned several books, covering South African sociopolitical satire, innovation in business, entrepreneurship and mobile technology.

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CONTENTS

List of Acronyms
Foreword by Zanele Mbeki

INTRODUCTION
On the Flipside of Profit

DREAMING AND DISRUPTING: THE POWER OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

LUDWICK MARISHANE
The Eureka Moment of Ludwick Marishane

JONATHAN LIEBMANN
The Maverick of Maboneng

THANDAZILE MARY RALETOOANE
A Mother of the Nation in a Place of Neglect

MIND OF THE MAVERICK: PERSONALITY TRAITS OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

YUSUF RANDERA-REES
A New Revolution on Constitution Hill

GARTH JAPHET
The Heart and Soul of Dr Garth Japhet

SHARANJEET SHAN
The Meaning of Love is Mathematics

ANNE GITHUKU-SHONGWE
A Game-Changer of the African Mind

NAVIGATING THE GREAT UNKNOWN: STRATEGIES AND APPROACHES OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

SPARK SCHOOLS
SPARK of a Revolution

NEIL CAMPHER
Turning Waste into Worth in Helenvale

PAT PILLAI
Life is a Teacher

GREGORY MAQOMA
The Man Who Dances for Joy

CLAIRE REID
The Business that Grew in a Garden

KOVIN NAIDOO
A Man of Radical Vision

TADDY BLECHER
An Alchemist of Human Potential

A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Jeffrey Robinson and Brett Gilbert (Rutgers Business School)

References and Further Reading
Acknowledgements

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Get your work-life balance in place and win a copy of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesWork-life balance is an ongoing challenge. In this ever more pressured age, the tensions arise as we inhabit our technology infused days but yearn to view the starry night sky from the wilds of nature.

The challenges of managing time and space, work and leisure, are explored by Wayne Windell in the February issue of The Catalyst.

Small business entrepreneurs are particularly challenged to accommodate both their own and their staff’s needs in the arena of work-life balance.

If you find that you spend most of your time working, and tend to feel overwhelmed by duties and responsibilities, it is recommended that you reserve time for your family, friends and yourself when you plan your day or week. Dedicating daily time to fun and relaxation will lower the production of additional stress hormones, which give rise to poor mental and physical wellbeing.

The Catalyst is giving away three copies of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove, because even if you can’t go on safari this week or next, you can probably claim an hour or two for reading about it.

Armchair travellers will delight in this book, which Travel Africa editor, Craig Rix, describes as “wonderful”.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies, all you have to do is subscribe to The Catalyst and share their post on your social media.

The deadline for entries is 29 February, 2016.

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Herman Mashaba Doubts Thomas Piketty’s Logic on Wealth Tax

Black Like YouCapitalist CrusaderAt a Legacy Talk in Johannesburg recently, Herman Mashaba shared his views on “rock star” economist Thomas Piketty, the unemployment rate, and the problems with socialism and communism in Africa.

Piketty, the French economist whose Capital in the Twenty First Century became a global bestseller last year, visited South Africa in early October. During his public lectures, he admitted that his work did not pay enough attention to formerly colonised nations, but did suggest an annual, low-rate wealth tax and national minimum wage to combat inequality in South Africa.

Mashaba, who describes himself as an “unapologetic capitalist”, says he differs with Piketty’s views. “Whatever money that people have made, I take it people have already paid tax. Piketty’s logic doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Aviwe Mtila reported from the event for CNBC Africa:

Mashaba reckons socialism and communism are designed to benefit law makers. He made an example about African countries that, 50 years ago, followed socialist and communist policies, saying most of them “unfortunately collapsed”.

“South Africans need to learn self reliance and not depend on a collective agenda. Government can never be our answer, government is our problem,” says Mashaba.

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Our Labour Laws Totally Ignore the 8.5 Million Unemployed South Africans – Herman Mashaba (Podcast)

Capitalist CrusaderBlack Like YouHerman Mashaba recently spoke on Talk Radio 702 about how stringent labour laws are hobbling small businesses in South Africa.

Mashaba’s new book, Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth, was released by Bookstorm this year. In this book, the author outlines his quest for economic freedom for all South Africans through a firm commitment to capitalist principles.

“One thing we shouldn’t ignore or take for granted is the role that labour plays in our country,” Mashaba says in the interview. “Labour is there to ensure that they protect vulnerable people.”

“You can’t pass laws that only favour a certain section of society.” Mashaba says that labour laws in our country strictly favour employed South Africans, “totally ignoring the eight and a half million unemployed South Africans”.

Listen to the podcast for Mashaba’s practical explanation of how “draconian pieces of legislation” are “annihilating” small businesses:

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Herman Mashaba: Away with the Red Tape That’s Destroying Small Businesses (Podcast)

Capitalist CrusaderBlack Like YouTalk Radio 702 recently featured Herman Mashaba on their Entrepreneurs Corner programme, where he chatted to Africa Melane about the state of entrepreneurship in South Africa.

In the interview, Melane asks the prominent businessperson and author of Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth and Black Like You about how much we should tips waiters, what sparked his interest in business and why he is so successful.

Mashaba attributes his success to the “entrepreneurial spirit” of the time when people were determined to free themselves from the barriers set up by the National Party and says he is “personally disappointed” at the state of entrepreneurship 21 years down the line.

One factor that hinders the growth of small businesses, Mashaba says, is the “legislative impediments” and governmental red tape that “punish and destroys small businesses”. “As a country we need new thinking,” he says, adding that sustainable employment depends on businesses to make money.

Mashaba says if he could give President Jacob Zuma any advice, it would be to deal with some of the aspects of our labour legislation that make it impossible for small businesses to operate. We also need a long-term strategy for education, he says.

Listen to the podcast for Mashaba’s advice to entrepreneurs and his vision for the future of South Africa:

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