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What does "change maker" mean?

This article originally appeared on Washington Examiner

"Change maker," the term Bill Clinton used repeatedly to characterize his wife and nominee was probably an unfamiliar term to most in the convention hall and television audience, and not one familiar probably to most political journalists. But to those of us who spent time in the Yale Law School library, as I did (I graduated in 1969, before the Clintons arrived), it strikes a chord. It's the term used by Bill Drayton, Yale Law 1970, who founded and still heads Ashoka . . .

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Ashoka insight

Ashoka invented the word "changemaker" (the name of its first newsletter) in 1981 and has used it ever since. In the last three years, this word has suddenly entered common usage. That's strong evidence that Ashoka's ten years of work to help everyone see and say out loud that they live in a profoundly different, better "everyone a changemaker" world has reached the tipping point. People need the word because they are changing.

Ashoka earlier introduced the phrase "social entrepreneur" — and now this construct empowers millions of people around the world. The takeoff of "changemakers" is the next big step.