The website Tactics of Hope is a wonderful resource for aspiring social entrepreneurs.

Muhammad Yunus, the “father of microcredit”, is the author of Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty and Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism.

For more about microfinance, visit the Los Angeles Microfinance Network.

More inspirational non-fiction by social entrepreneurs: How to Change the World by David Bornstein, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading is “a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who have just two things in common: they seek a deeper understanding of the world, and they hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all.” Watch videos from the conferences to get inspired by brilliant individuals. Also check out TEDxUSC, coming Tuesday April 13, 2010 here on campus.

GOOD “is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. Since 2006 we’ve been making a magazine, videos, and events for people who give a damn.”

William Easterly’s blog tracks the debate between top-down and bottom-up development approaches.