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How a new breed of entrepreneur is doing well by doing good

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Gus Silber, journalist, commentator and co-author of “The Disruptors”, for his weekly business book review.

Silber spoke about his book which he co-authored with Kerryn Krige.

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Can business change the world?

Can the world change business?

For a new breed of social entrepreneurs - who are striving to build and grow enterprises that fight social ills, foster opportunity and help to improve society - the answer is “it must”.

Impassioned by purpose, driven by dreams, 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.

In the process they shake the dust off old ways of thinking and disrupt the way business has always been done.

In this book, brought to you by Gibs, a leading business school based in Johannesburg, South Africa, you’ll get to meet “The Disruptors”.

Through tales of daring, struggle, triumph and innovation you’ll see the world through the eyes of a diverse range of social entrepreneurs, and learn their secrets for changing the world by changing business.

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.

“The Disruptors” tells their stories.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

The social mission comes first.

Gus Silber

It’s a book of stories of interesting people.

Gus Silber

There’s a story of a photographer that got into bee-keeping. It’s BEE in the literal sense!

Gus Silber

It’s also about the disruption of personal lives.

Gus Silber

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