Gretchen is co-author, with Beulah Thumbadoo, of From Dust to Diamonds: Stories of South African Social Entrepreneurs.

Globalization and an emerging geopolitical landscape challenge conventional understandings of economic development and social issues. The concept of “social entrepreneurship” is gaining traction among economists, philanthropists, and activists. Though the definition of the term remains fluid, it broadly includes using innovative solutions to produce large-scale social change.

From Dust to Diamonds profiles 19 civil society leaders in South Africa. Each story illustrates the individual’s passion, vision and commitment to broad social transformation — as well as their innovative approaches to address South Africa’s current social challenges.

From Dust to Diamonds has been published in Johannesburg by Pan Macmillan since 2007.

ISBN 978-1-77010-069-5

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From Dust To Diamonds