Paul McCartney
Paul Newman
Paul Rice
Peter Gabriel
Phil Lane Jr.
Pierce Brosnan
Pope John Paul II
Queen Noor of Jordan
Quincy Jones
Quratulain Bakhteari
Rajendra K. Pachauri
Ravi Shankar
Rev. Benjamin Weir
Robert Kennedy Jr.
Robert Redford
Rodrigo Baggio
Ron Kovic
Roshaneh Zafar
Rupert Howes
Sakeena Yacoobi
Sebastien Marot
Shimon Peres
Shirin Ebadi
Sidney Poitier
Sonia Gandhi
Soraya Salti
Sr. Helen Prejean
Steven Spielberg
Sue Riddlestone and Pooran Desai
Susan Burns and Mathis Wackernagel
Taddy Blecher
Ted Turner
Theo Colborn
Thich Nhat Hanh
Tony Blair
Vicky Colbert
Victoria Hale
Wangari Maathai
Wei Jingsheng
William Strickland
Zainab Salbi

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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