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This article originally appeared on Harvard Graduate School of Education

Bill Drayton is the originator of the term “social entrepreneur,” someone who seeks to drive large-scale ideas to tackle entrenched social problems – in a word, changemakers. The basic idea is that entrepreneurs can impact society, not just finance or an industry. Since coining the phrase in the 1980s, Drayton has shepherded the idea to international prominence in large part through his work at the Ashoka Foundation. Ashoka has more than 3,500 Fellows and alumni working in 93 countries.

Discussants from the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI):

  • Monica Higgins, Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership, HGSE; faculty co-chair, ALI
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; chair and director, ALI
  • Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and director of the International Education Policy Program and of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, HGSE; faculty co-chair, ALI

Ashoka Insight

We now need everyone to be a changemaker because the game has changed: Bill Drayton uses vivid examples to explain how the world has changed, and what is required from individuals and institutions to adapt and thrive in this new environment.

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