Next week, Young World Shining will be officially available as an eBook exclusive. The book combines new and unpublished essays with some shorter pieces I wrote over the past year for various business publications. So why a sequel?
Simply put, the story has evolved. When I first began writing Young World Rising in 2008, the idea that entrepreneurship could be about more than just business creation was an idea at the periphery of the discussion. The world was teetering on the brink of economic crisis that was about to bring down some of the central pillars of global capital, and few had time to notice what was going on at the frontiers of innovation.
Now policymakers, big businesses, NGOs and educators are all placing entrepreneurship at the center of the agenda. People recognize that the efforts of Young World innovators in some of the newly-wired, high-growth economies of Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have the potential to transform not just their economies, but the entire world.
The past two years have seen the emergence of forces to propel entrepreneurship forward as a vehicle for global change – and hold it back. Young World Shining provides a look at those forces from a ground-level perspective, based on my travels to various centers of innovation around the Young World. It carries the story forward, and ends with a candid assessment of the barriers still remaining if entrepreneurship is to fulfill its potential.