The innoFaith Reading List 

The following is a list of books and articles, some faith-focused, some not, that we think provide a great foundation for understanding social innovation generally and in the context of faith. Some of them are specifically about social innovation or social entrepreneurship. Some are the stories of social innovation. Some are by social innovators. We think you will enjoy and learn from all of them.

We are always updating the list. Do you have other recommendations? Send them to us at


About social innovation

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How to Change the World

Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

David Bornstein

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Lean Impact

How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good

Ann Mei Chang

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The Power of Unreasonable People

How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World

John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan

About faith-based social innovation

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Christian Social Innovation

Renewing Wesleyan Witness

L. Gregory Jones

God’s Own Kitchen

The inspiring story of Akshaya Patra — a social enterprise by monks and CEOs

Rashmi Bansal

By social innovators

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Interfaith Leadership

A Primer

Eboo Patel


Putting Peace First

7 Commitments to Change the World

Eric David Dawson

Note: This is a great book for young people, ages 10 and up!


How to Live Forever

The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations

Marc Freedman