David Bornstein is the definitive author on social entrepreneurship, a co-author of the Fixes Column in the New York Times, and cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network. In this resource-packed episode, David breaks down the problems with mass media and our current information feedback system. He shares how his early experience as a journalist prompted him to shift from focusing on problems to focusing on solutions, and how Solutions Journalism effectively takes on our current news cycle. David also shares practical advice on forming a social entrepreneurship and offers simple action items everyone can do to create systemic social change.

In Episode 3, Molly and Hans talk with David Bornstein — a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which seeks to legitimize and spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting that examines responses to social problems. He has been a journalist for 26 years and currently co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He lives in New York. FROM DAVIDBORNSTEIN.WORDPRESS.COM

Show Links

Below are links to all the items we discussed during our conversation with David.

Huck’s Raft by Steven Mintz

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer

The Center for Courage and Renewal

The New Better Off by Courtney Martin

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

How Children Fail by John Holt

Key Question for Us All

Do you believe there’s hope for humanity? If we believe in hope for humanity, then we’ll be inspired to get up and make change. Imagine if we all had two hours a day where we were positive, accepting and taking the time to think about the collective whole…this comes from hope!


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