I Have A Dream is a book written by Rashmi Bansal and published by westland publications in in 2011. Though this book was written in 2011 I still find it relevant in 2020 as the stories in the book inspire us even today.
According to me this book is a must read for the millenium generation as for a generation thriving on relentless pursuit of selfish goals, Rashmi Bansal’s “I have a Dream” comes as a reminder that life is much more than just one’s own world.
The book chronicles the lives of twenty idealists, who took a step towards bringing happiness in the lives of millions, but not in the usual charitable ways. They took the ideals of a business complete with profit motive and turned them into tools of betterment of the society. They are all, what can be termed as ‘social entrepreneurs’.
They are committed to different causes, but they have one thing in common: a belief that principles of management can and must be used to achieve a greater common good. These stories say one thing loud and clear change starts with one person, and that person could be someone next door. Someone like you.
The book is divided into three sections – Rainmakers, Changemakers and The Spiritual Capitalists.
Rainmakers is about social enterprises which generate revenues but where profit is not the primary motive. This section has some very interesting stories behind enterprises which have taken the object of doing good and has built a successful business around it.
Changemakers is about people who took a small step towards their dreams, which became a revolution in itself.
Spiritual Capitalists has stories of individuals who are guided by a supreme purpose in their mission to do good.
I think that Rashmi Bansal has written as if she was transcribing her interview with the people. Some of the stories have too many details, which sometimes lost me completely.
In conclusion, I will recommend this book to anyone, whether or not he has an interest in social entrepreneurship, because the book shows that anyone has the power to take up a cause and make the world a better place to live in.