Submitted by: Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Categories: Business Ethics
Posted: Apr 03, 2006 – 12:00 AM EST
WHO: Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global organization that supports the field of social entrepreneurship around the world, and Changemakers, an Ashoka Initiative that creates community through open-sourcing social solutions, host 11 finalists of Changemakers' latest on-line competition on Market-based Strategies that Benefit Low-Income Communities
Speakers will include:
WHAT: An opportunity to discuss new approaches to economically sustainable change with Ashoka and 11 Changemakers finalists. Followed by a reception and interview session with individual finalists.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 5th, 2006, 7pm
WHERE: The National Press Club Ballroom; 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045
Strategies leveraging market forces and business models to achieve social impact are part of an increasing trend where the borders between the business and the social sectors are blurring. Increasingly, citizen sector organizations and businesses are developing creative approaches centered on profit and positive social impact that provide enhanced opportunities for low-income individuals and their families. Entrepreneurial market-based approaches represent a tremendous potential for large-scale social impact, innovation and value creation for low-income communities, citizen sector organizations and businesses altogether.
Harnessing the momentum of this critical issue, Changemakers launched a global online competition to bring together the most innovative solutions for Market-based Strategies that Benefit Low-Income Communities. The 13 competition finalists from both business and social sectors were selected from an impressive field of 128 participants from 38 entries.
The finalists include:
Business Sector Organizations:
Social Sector Organizations:
Ashoka is the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs--individuals with innovative and practical ideas for addressing social needs. Since its founding in 1980, Ashoka has launched more than 1,700 leading social entrepreneurs in over 60 countries. Working with these social entrepreneurs, Ashoka builds communities of innovators who work collectively to transform society and design new ways for the social sector to become more productive, entrepreneurial and globally integrated. For more information, visit www.ashoka.org.
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