Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry
- Bill Drayton, Founder & CEO, Ashoka - Innovators for the Public
On October 27/28, 2018, Novotel, Aerocity will be the place for one of the largest gatherings of such social entrepreneurs, as Ashoka, one of the top five NGOs globally brings together its Ashoka Fellows under one roof with India’s leading business leaders.
Established in 1980, and known for the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship that it awards to the world’s leading problem-solvers, in India, Ashoka has over 370 Fellows working across sectors from micro-finance to education, to health and youth empowerment. With solving problems to bring about system change at its core, Ashoka believes and promotes the idea of everyone being a changemaker given the times we live in. It includes the likes of Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Magsaysay awardees Anshu Gupta and Sonam Wangchuk, among its ranks.
Given how society follows industry, Ashoka’s flagship event, #OneSolution: Everyone a Changemaker, will be a platform that is putting together India's leading social entrepreneurs with dynamic business leaders, to envision the change we need now, as we head into a fast-changing future. The best, most ingenious minds of today, with a proven record of social impact, will discuss, ideate and come up with actionable steps to solve some of our most critical problems. The focus this time will be on how to collectively tackle the crucial need for empathy as a skill and pushing it to be mainstreamed in discourse and practice among other spheres of influence, especially businesses. The event has no audience because every individual participates in their capacity as a leader of change! Because together, we build a world where Everyone is A Changemaker.
Speaking at the event will be the likes of Mr Anil Swarup, Former Secretary, Govt. of India; Mr AP Singh, CEO India Post Technology Centre & Senior Deputy Director General, Department of Posts; Ashoka Fellow Mr Vijay Mahajan, Founder of BASIX Social Enterprise Group and current CEO of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation; Ashoka Fellow CV Madhukar, co-founder PRS Legislative; Dr Ganesh Natarajan, Global Board Director and Chairman of the India Board of Social Venture Partners; Ashoka Fellow & Magsaysay awardee Sonam Wangchuk, Founder and Advisor, SECMOL; Mr Sanjay Mittal, CEO Living Habitats Pvt. Ltd.; Mr Sunish Jauhari, India Leader, Ashoka; and Mr Vishnu Swaminathan, Ashoka Global Partnerships Team; among others.
On what to expect at the event, Mr Sunish Jauhari, India Leader, said “Given how the world is changing rapidly, with the problems we are facing - from climate change to unemployment to inadequate skilling - growing at a pace faster than we can solve them, it is almost urgent that we start practicing empathy as a skill and not just a good-to-have moral value. Because only then will we understand and creatively solve these problems. And businesses have to lead this change given the scale and impact they have in this world. At #OneSolution, we will be putting India’s best brains together to make this happen and give the world a framework to follow.”
Also present at the event will be heads of India’s leading civil society organisations, corporate investors, social impact investors, CSR heads and luminaries from the art and media space. To know more about #OneSolution, head to onesolution.ashoka.org.