Ashoka – the source of social entrepreneurship

Ashoka was founded by Bill Drayton in 1980 based on the idea that the most powerful force for good in the world is a social entrepreneur: a person driven by an innovative idea that can help correct an entrenched global problem. The world’s leading social entrepreneurs pursue system-changing solutions that permanently alter existing patterns of activity.

They identify and support the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learn from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilize a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an “everyone a changemaker world.”

They have 3 pillars to help people understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change.

  • Social Entrepreneurship – selecting world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.
  • Empathy and Young Changemaking – leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they have the power to lead, to contribute — to be in charge.
  • Organizing for Changemaking – living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.

Read the article about ”The new reality” and get an idea of ”The New Framework” they are suggesting and the skills needed:

  • Cognitive Empathy
  • Sophisticated Teamwork
  • New Leadership.
  • Changemaking.