Bill Drayton and Sally Osberg on Growth and Transformation of Social Entrepreneurship

Sally Osberg and Bill Drayton
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This article originally appeared on skoll.org

What are social entrepreneurs? What are the unique ways in which they work to achieve lasting solutions to the enormous problems facing humankind? What makes social entrepreneurship different from other approaches to social change?

Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka, and Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, sat down with Skoll’s Director of Public Engagement Suzana Grego to discuss these questions, and to talk about why they continue to be excited by the social entrepreneurship movement as it grows and transforms.

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Once we recognize the power of social entrepreneurs to create massive change for the better, the next question is, as Bill Drayton asks: “How do we build a community that enables entrepreneurs, the great entrepreneurs for the good of all, to work together?” This has been the focus of Ashoka and the Skoll Foundation.

There’s no denying it, the problems we face are enormous, and things often seem to be going in the wrong direction. But Sally Osberg finds reasons for hope: “the degree of fearlessness and determination that social entrepreneurs bring to these challenges is I think exceptional.”

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William Drayton
As a student, he founded organizations ranging from Yale Legislative Services to Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an inter-disciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. He launched Ashoka in 1981. He used the stipend received when elected a MacArthur Fellow in 1984 to devote himself fully to Ashoka. In 2005, he was selected one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. Other awards include the Yale Law School’s highest alumni honor, the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievement Award International; and the National Academy of Public Administration National Public Service Award. As one of three members of the Leadership Team, his special responsibilities are leadership of the new group entrepreneurship and social financial services programs as well as staff search and marketing functions.

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