Ashoka's own amongst Forbes' 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs
Forbes has published their final list of 30 under 30 social entreperenuers. Ashoka is well represented with 11 of the 30 being Ashoka Fellows, Youth Venturers or current and former staff. As 2012 comes to a close, we say hats off to these young visionaries and to all changemakers in all corners of the globe. We salute you for your empathy, resilience, passion and leadership. We are that much closer to a better world because of you. Let us enjoy the holidays to come back to a new year of changemaking where each of us steps into our greatness to build communites and systems of change.
This inaugural 30 Under 30 for social entrepreneurs is full of others who share that conviction, as well as the talent, the business model and the proven results to back it up. Besides Doyne, there’s James Whelton, whose Coder Dojo each week allows more than 10,000 kids, in 22 countries, to learn coding skills for free. Sejal Hathi, a Yale student who has come up with three different enterprises to help young girls in more than 100 countries. Hugh Evans, who pulled off the Global Citizen concert in Central Park that leveraged the likes of Neil Young and the Foo Fighters to generated hundreds of millions in pledges to end world poverty.
Membership in this club was tough to come by. Forbes staff writer Erin Carlyle developed a list of more than 100 tentative candidates. From there, our team engaged in a serious round of due diligence, followed by extensive debate, in-person, on the phone and via email. Our esteemed judging panel: Ashoka founder Bill Drayton, Echoing Green president Cheryl Dorsey and the head of the Manhattan Institute’s social entrepreneurship initiative, Howard Husock, abetted by yours truly.