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Why We Face a Crisis of Leadership Across the World

New research suggests that business leaders in every part of the globe are under-performing when it comes to the skills and capacities they will need in the 21st Century.

Siemens Stiftung and Ashoka: An Innovative Partnership is Born

When one of Germany’s biggest corporations, Siemens, decided to create a foundation, its leadership knew social business models were a key tool in achieving community impact. Their early research led them to Ashoka, and the innovative social change Ashoka Fellows are making all over around the world.

Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim Partner to Promote New Ways of "Making More Health"

Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s largest and most innovative pharmaceutical companies, yesterday announced a new global partnership: “Making More Health.”

Operating in the Gray Area

David Bornstein addresses the ever widening gray area between some social programs and the business sector.

More than Manic

What it really takes to be a social entrepreneur...

What Is a Social Entrepreneur, Really?

In the middle of the night, I wake up thinking about this question. 

Why is this on my mind, you might be wondering? As a recently baptized Ashoka Fellow, I find myself spending a lot of time lately explaining the meaning of the phrase social entrepreneurship. The sometimes confused looks on the faces of people listening tell me that they don't always get it.
Fueled by insomnia and searching for a better explanation, I fire up the Internet and, of course, check Wikipedia. It says this:

Ashoka Plays Matchmaker to Businesses and Social Entrepreneurs

Mexican social entrepreneurs Carlos Cruz was admittedly suspicious of big business when a group from Danone SA sought his help training low-income women to sell yogurt on the street.

For six months, their teams met in neutral locations, hashing out how Cruz might adapt a life- and job-skills program he’d designed for his citizen sector group Cauce Ciudadano to make the vendors more productive.

Get Ready to Be a Changemaker

Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton and Valeria Budinich, who heads Ashoka's worldwide efforts to forge profitable alliances between private companies and citizen-sector organizations, have just submitted a jointly authored blog post to the Harvard Business Reviews "The Conversation" blogs section.