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Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Three Questions with David Aylward, Senior Advisor on Global Health and Technology at Ashoka

Source: The Daily Meal

Food Tank, in partnership with The George Washington University, is hosting the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington D.C. on January 21-22, 2015.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A with Ashoka’s Maria Escorcia: Boosting Entrepreneurship for Social Change

Source: Miami Hearald

Changemakers can come from anywhere, including the corporate world. Just look at Maria Escorcia, director of the South Florida chapter of Ashoka, a nonprofit that supports a network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs around the world.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Social Enterprise Through Accountability

Source: Forbes

The social enterprise sector is hot—it may be worth well over $500 billion in the US alone. But if social business is to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, we have to make sure it has both internal and external accountability systems in place to do so.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social entrepreneurship: More complex than 'start a business, save the world'

Source: devex

Gauging the impact of a social entrepreneurship is not a hard science, but there are clear signs of when such an effort is on the right track. The highest level of impact can be based on whether the entrepreneur changed a system, said Simon Stumpf, regional representative of Ashoka East Africa. A small operation in organic fertilizer or microhydro might not look as efficient as it could be, but an entrepreneur may have worked to get power purchase agreements so others can sell power to grid, for example.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

You have to teach empathy like literacy: Ashoka-Innovators founder

Source: The Times of India

Way back in 1980, Bill Drayton recognized the power of an idea to change the world. As the founder and CEO of Ashoka-Innovators for the Public, he has led the creation of a global network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs. Ashoka likes to call it the citizen sector - because it believes that when people come together to create positive social change, they become citizens in the fullest sense. On a visit to India, Drayton, who is regarded as the 'Father of social enterpreneurship', spoke with Madhavi Rajadhyaksha on the importance of change-making in today's ecosystem.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

6 Business Models That Are Transforming Health Systems Around The World

Source: Forbes

The new vision for health care isn’t just about access, quality and affordability.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — South Asia

Q&A With Arun Gore Of Gray Ghost Ventures: 'Social Impact Needs Scale'

Source: Forbes

Esha Chhabra (@esh2440) chats with Arun Gore, the president and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, about the global impact investing movement.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Maternal Health Startup Makes History As First 'Do-It-Yourself' Benefit Corporation In Michigan

Source: Forbes

A Michigan startup company founded by University of Michigan students has made legal history by becoming the first “do-it-yourself” benefit corporation in the state. Deborah Burand, a law professor at the University of Michigan and co-founder of the International Transactions Clinic (ITC), reports.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — No Region Specified

Bill Drayton's Five Trends For Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

At a recent event in NYC, journalist and author David Bornstein interviewed Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton about the future of social entrepreneurship. In case you missed it, here’s a recap from Eli Malinsky of the Centre for Social Innovation.
Friday, December 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

How Law Schools And Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Serve Both Students and Innovators

Source: Forbes

In this post, Tiffany Morris, has taken a look at the new collaborations happening between universities and social innovators ensuring that the fine print doesn’t get overlooked while trying to change the world.
Monday, November 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Forbes

What’s the future of social entrepreneurship? On November 29th, Ashoka’s founder, Bill Drayton, is giving his predictions in an interview with David Bornstein from the New York Times. But what do you think? Give your say on Twitter using the hashtag #FutureSocEnt and your thoughts will feed into the event and a post-event summary.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — South Asia

How To Strengthen Pakistan's Economy? Empower Women!

Source: Forbes

Changemakers talked to Shaista Bukhari about how to unleash the entrepreneurial power of women and what it could mean to Pakistan’s economy, if more women were to open businesses on their own. A transformation that requires more than just seed money.
Friday, October 5, 2012 — No Region Specified

The VisionSpring Model: Creating Markets And Players Instead Of Empty CSR

Source: Forbes

Earlier this month, the Schwab Foundation announced its 2012 “class” of outstanding social entrepreneurs. Among them was Dr. Jordan Kassalow, the founder of an organization called VisionSpring that works to ensure that everyone in the developing world has access to eyeglasses.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet A Playboy Entrepreneur Who Went From Making Millions To Making an Impact

Source: Forbes

Kitwe, a dusty industrial city in North Western Zambia’s ‘Copper Belt’ region, isn’t much to look at. It does however have a hidden jewel. The city is home to the office of internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur, Peter Sinkamba.
Monday, July 9, 2012 — No Region Specified

Ashoka Wins First Place In 2012 Global 'Long-Term Capitalism Challenge'

Source: Press Release

San Francisco. Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship (FEC), an initiative founded by Ashoka’s Leadership Group Member Valeria Budinich, was named the first place winner of the 2012 Global Long-Term Capitalism Challenge, co-sponsored by the Management Innovation Exchange (the MIX), Harvard Business Review and McKinsey & Company. The announcement capped a day-long global gathering called the MIX MASHUP, where over 200 of the world’s most respected corporate executives, management consultants and thought leaders came together to share their transformative, disruptive management innovations. They gathered from numerous countries to learn which of them had won the top awards from three global competitions held during 2012 (Reinventing Management, Beyond Bureaucracy and the Long-Term Capitalism Challenge) and which corporation overall was voted “Management Innovator of the Year.”
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 — No Region Specified

SAP Teams With Endeavor and Ashoka Changemakers to Empower Entrepreneurs Around the Globe

Source: PR Newswire

SAP AG today announced two new initiatives aimed at unlocking the potential for entrepreneurs and small and midsize businesses to drive economic growth, innovation and job creation, which in turn is key to SAP's long-term success.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 — No Region Specified

The Tupperware Effect: Can Direct Sales Help Women Living in Poverty?

Source: Newsweek

While direct sales presents a potential career path for Americans looking for work, most of the growth for companies like Tupperware and Avon is happening abroad-specifically, in emerging markets like Africa and Indonesia. The presence of these companies in poor nations have provided a much-needed chance for women to gain economic independence. It's been a successful partnership on both sides, and the impact of these companies is s...
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