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    Q&A with IBM’s Tony Tenicela: Empathy, Diversity, and the Keys to Corporate Turnaround

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    We put a lot of energy into building camaraderie among employees and management alike, which is absolutely critical to maintaining empathy and mutual respect. We’ve developed a strong virtual community, so that employees get to know each other across team and managerial lines. It doesn’t replace face-to-face, but it absolutely enhances the employee experience.

    Is Business the Place where Social Impact Happens Most? Ashoka Fellow Ben Powell Thinks So

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    My interest in entrepreneurship as a tool for development began after I started a miniature golf business in Puebla Mexico.

    A Business Perspective on Scaling Impact at Healing Fields Foundation

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    For Healing Fields Foundation (HFF), hosting an Executive in Residence was a new experience that opened our minds to an international business envi

    Combining Passion and Purpose: A Conversation with Western Union and Agora Partnerships

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    Declan Daly reflected on what the Executive in Residence program means to Western Union and what he brought back from his placement, including his experience working with Agora-supported entrepreneurs at CO2 Bambu, a provider of environmentally friendly materials for long-term housing in Nicaragua. Agora Chief Strategy Officer, Dorrit Lowsen, also shared what Declan’s placement meant for Agora Partnerships.

    How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty: 4 Insights From The World's Best Social Entrepreneurs

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    How do you profitably sell to a customer who earns less than $2 per day?

    How are Innovative Leaders Helping Redefine ‘Value Creation’ Across Sectors?

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    How do we overcome cultural, economic, and geographic barriers to create large-scale social change?

    Innovative Leaders in the Ashoka Support Network Conceive a Future Shaped by Cross-Sector Collaboration

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    It would be impossible to solve the world’s most difficult problems without collaboration and co-creation among business leaders, social entrepreneurs and public servants. This is particularly true in an increasingly interconnected and fast-changing world, where changemakers must grasp the intricate dynamics of markets, media, and their own organizations.

    Empathy and Teamwork Are Key for Building Innovation Ecosystems

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    Maybe Ashoka is onto something after all! It wasn’t more than 15 minutes into this week’s Global Innovation Summit + Week that empathy came up in the context of creating innovation ecosystems. The predominant metaphor for the week is that of a rainforest, where we may all be competing for a finite amount of sunlight at the top, we must lock hands in the soil if we’re ever going to make it (the way that tall redwoods lock their root systems).