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In our efforts to reduce poverty and advance human flourishing, we are often quick to glorify the "noble nonprofit," while viewing entrepreneurship and enterprise as amoral at best. In Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, Chris Horst and Peter Greer of HOPE International argue that such a posture neglects the very engine of human flourishing--whatever their size or form ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by AEI Press
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Isaac Ezell
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is a must read for the business owner and the philanthropist. Horst and Greer go deep and engage emotion in this small volume outlining the macro-economic progress that entrepreneurship has brought about in the last 100 years. This book is for those of us that are tempted to think that our work in the business world is somehow less honorable or meaningful than Peace Corps volunteers or non-profit CEOs.
This is quite and interesting little book.

The writers build the moral case for free enterprise. The make the case that entrepreneurialism is the long-term hope of the poor. Across the world. In every country. "Business isn't secondary in helping the poor; it is primary." p7

Few people rise out of poverty with government help. Most do it through small business, micro-business.

"Entrpeneurialship occurs when people use their God-given skills and talents to create and grow organizations."p7

"The my
Brice Karickhoff
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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Loved all the ideas in this book. The authors did a great job to remind readers that while non-profits play an important role in poverty alleviation, the development of for-profit businesses is ultimately the process that turns the wheels of economic development. I’m totally here for it, and the authors did their research well. I’ve hardly ever not seen eye to eye with Peter Greer on anything he’s written.

I give this book 3 stars because it was probably 75% anecdotes. Which is great because peo
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet. If you're not familiar with the concept it is a good intro to the value of micro-finance and savings organizations. 4-stars by default (basic but short) although there are similar books by Peter Greer I'd recommend more. ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Create-sell-invest-give: this is the consistent cycle of any flourishing entrepreneur. And when entrepreneurs flourish, people and places flourish.
Paul Hernandez
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Solid read. Does not dive deep with ideas but explores how business and entrepreneurship are essential to thriving society
Really helpful little book!
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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In this mini-book, Chris Horst and Peter Greer encourage businesses to be involved in their community. They challenge young startups to overcome the sacred/secular divide and integrate their faith into their businesses and communities. Entrepreneurship is essential for human flourishing. Providing employment is much more beneficial in the long run for communities than material goods and services. “Charity is at its best when it complements the private sector, when it temporarily assists those wh ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Peter Greer challenges the distinction between "for profit" and "non-profit" companies in helping people around the world. He share stories of individuals who used their "for profit" companies to provide jobs, expand education, and bring life to communities.
I have now heard Peter Greer speak several times and I'm so glad this book came out. It is a powerful message and one I hope people, especially within the church, will take to heart. "Non-profit" does not equal super holy compared to "for pr
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I mean, it's everything I care about. Just not very practical. ...more
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