James & Sarah Brady
James Lovell
Jane Goodall
J.B. Schramm
Jean-M. Cousteau
Jeff Skoll
Jehan Sadat
Jenny Bowen
J. Hockenstein & M. Siriphongphan
Jeroo Billimoria
Jim Fruchterman
Jimmy Carter
Joan Baez
Jody Williams
Joe Madiath
John & Susan C. Marks
John Glenn
John Hume
John Wood
José Ramos-Horta
Juan Mendez & Paul van Zyl
Kailash Satyarthi
Karen Tse
Kerry Kennedy
Kim Dae-Jung
Kofi Annan
Lech Walesa
Lee Butler
Linus Pauling
Luis Szarán
Madeleine Albright
Mahbub ul-Haq
Mahnaz Afkhami
Mairead C. Maguire
Margaret Thatcher
Marian W. Edelman
Mark Plotkin & Liliana Madrigal
Martin Burt
Martin Von Hildebrand
Mary Robinson
Matt Flannery & Premal Shah
Maya Angelou
Maya Ying Lin
Michael Eckhart
Mikhail Gorbachev
Mindy Lubber
Mitch Besser & Gene Falk
Mohamed El-Baradei
Mother Teresa
Muhammad Yunus
Munqeth Mehyar, Nader Khateeb, & Gidon Bromberg
Neil Armstrong
Nelson Mandela
Nick Moon & Martin Fisher
Nina Smith
Norman E. Borlaug
Óscar Arias S.
Patch Adams
Paul Farmer
Paul Hawken

Bill Drayton


Bill DraytonBill Drayton invented the word social entrepreneur. Literally. He coined the now-famous and oft-used phrase in 1972 after taking a trip to India to help a man named Vinoba Bhave ask for, receive, and then redistribute land so that more people in India would be landowners and be able to contribute to their respective communities. The journey, which ultimately succeeded in redistributing 7 million acres of land, was a turning point for Drayton's life, and led him on the path of social entrepreneurship for the duration of his career. Today, Drayton is the founder and CEO of Ashoka, a world-famous organization that was created to help support, connect, and build up entrepreneurs and their ideas. Many of the most innovative and successful social entrepreneurs of our time have received grants and fellowships through Ashoka. By funding the work of social entrepreneurs around the world, Drayton has impacted issues ranging from human rights abuses to climate change to poverty. It doesn't hurt that he has a brilliant mind for business either - with degrees from Harvard and Oxford, Drayton has dedicated his life to activism, but has also worked at the prestigious McKinsey & Co. as a consultant and the Environmental Protection Agency as an assistant administrator. For his extraordinary contributions to social change, Drayton has been named a MacArthur Fellow and has received a National Public Service Award.


"Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry."


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