Ashoka is lead­ing a pro­found trans­for­ma­tion in soci­ety. In the past three decades, the global cit­i­zen sec­tor, led by social entre­pre­neurs, has grown expo­nen­tially. Just as the busi­ness sec­tor expe­ri­enced a tremen­dous spurt in pro­duc­tiv­ity over the last cen­tury, the cit­i­zen sec­tor is expe­ri­enc­ing a sim­i­lar rev­o­lu­tion, with the num­ber and sophis­ti­ca­tion of cit­i­zen orga­ni­za­tions increas­ing dramatically.

Rather than leav­ing soci­etal needs for the gov­ern­ment or busi­ness sec­tors to address, social entre­pre­neurs are cre­at­ing inno­v­a­tive solu­tions, deliv­er­ing extra­or­di­nary results, and improv­ing the lives of mil­lions of people.

It is this insight into the power of social entre­pre­neurs that led Bill Dray­ton to found Ashoka in 1980 and that con­tin­ues to guide Ashoka today.

Begin­ning with the first Ashoka Fel­lows elected in India in 1981, Ashoka has grown to an asso­ci­a­tion of 3,000 Fel­lows in over 70 coun­tries around the world.

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