We want to invite you to join a conversation on the power of social entrepreneurship to shape solutions for the new inequalities. A conversation with the founder and CEO of Ashoka Bill Drayton. Where we will talk about what matters but is less talked about. June 18th, 5PM (EEST).
The conversation will be guided by our beloved Ashoka Fellows: Florin Stoican (of Parcul Natural Văcărești), Elena Calistru (of Funky Citizens) and Ioana Sandescu - Bauer (of eLiberare).
Over 300 years, we have been moving very rapidly, exponentially rapidly, towards what is now the dominant reality: an everything changing and everything interconnected world. Now, we have two stringent questions. First, why is income distribution getting worse everywhere in the world; and second, why in the last decade has “us versus them” mentality swept the world?
The new inequality in the world is between those people who are in the new game, who have the underlying very complex abilities to contribute to change, to adapt to change, to live and work in a world not of institutions, but of fluid, open, integrated teams of teams and those that do not have the ability to do so. This, ‘the new inequality’, is deeply destructive and divisive leading to unequal distributions across the world. There’s a bidding war for those who have the skills to participate in the fast-growing ‘everyone a changemaker’ world.
However, what about the other half? They are on the wrong side of “the new inequality” dividing the world. This inequality is unlike those with which we have long been familiar: Race, gender, religion, etc. It gets deeper every year. Exponentially so. A world so divided, a world so profoundly hurtful to so many, is deeply dysfunctional and, worse, unethical.
During the current pandemic, we have seen the situation taking a turn for the worse, and divides are growing.