On my way to Oxford, UK to attend the Skoll World Forum, I ran into the father of social entrepreneurship, Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka in 1980. Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. www.ashoka.org
I have heard Bill speak several times, and to have time on the shuttle with him was a great honor. He continues to be a mentor and an inspiration. In 2010, I co-founded with filmmaker Patrick Davidson, The World We Want Foundation. The World We Want Foundation promotes and support young global citizens making positive social change in their communities and around the world. www.theworldwewantfoundation.org
Bill is one of the featured social entrepreneurs in a new Skoll Foundation short film that provides an overview of the burgeoning field of leading practitioners in social entrepreneurship, including Mohammad Yunus, Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation, Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, John Elkington of Volans, and author David Bornstein. David’s new book is an important resource, How To Change the World, Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.
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