Finding New Pathways to a More Inclusive and Humane Economy

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After the rise of the technological revolution, social entrepreneurs are now heralding a new revolution. To address societal issues at their roots, they use the codes and tools from the economic world to advance their missions for the common good. Over two decades, they have demonstrated the compatibility between social and economic value creation as well as nimble organizational structures, leading to big change. From the collaborative economy to microfinance, the models they develop often forecast major economic mutations.

What do these social entrepreneurs tell us today?

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This win-win partnership approach reflects a completely new way of envisioning social change that has the potential to radically transform industries and to deeply change the way companies approach innovation. At the crossroad between sectors and organizational cultures, these partnerships demonstrate that combining complementary expertise and networks enables social impact at large scale, which no single player could have achieved alone.

Win-win partnerships open the way for a more inclusive and humane economy, where social innovation is also a source of economic performance and gradually infiltrates the DNA of every company. In the world where examples like these anticipate future market changes, everyone, whatever his sector of activity, can become a changemaker for the good of all.

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Stéphanie est actuellement en charge de l'initiative de co-création en Europe. Passionnée par les nouveaux modèles à la croisée du social et du business et par le potentiel d'acteur de changement de chacun, Stéphanie a rejoint Ashoka il y a 10 ans pour lancer l'initiative "Citoyenneté Economique pour Tous" depuis le siège international à Washington avant d'être basée au Mexique où elle a dirigé l'initiative pendant quatre ans. Au cours de ses différents rôles chez Ashoka, Stéphanie a développé de nombreux partenariats d'envergure avec différentes organisations - entreprises, fondations, réseaux et institutions académiques - pour accélérer le déploiement d'innovations sociales et de modèles de business inclusifs. Diplômée de l'ESSEC, Stéphanie a travaillé 5 ans en conseil en entreprises chez Deloitte à Paris et à Boston, et a coordonné les programmes de World Relief au Rwanda où elle a notamment créé un nouveau programme de développement rural.
Olivier is responsible for the development of Ashoka in Switzerland. He graduated in 2000 from the French management school EM-Lyon and started working in marketing for the private sector.  Olivier has been active in consulting and business development in the sustainability area for the last 10 years, working both in the non-profit and private sectors (United Nations, foundations). He also co-founded the associations Ecotour (which promotes innovative sustainable initiatives for the environment) in 1999 and Sustainable Finance Geneva in 2006.

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