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Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, explains the importance of empathy in a rapidly changing world. He discusses the work of an Ashoka fellow named Mary Gordon, who implemented a program in elementary schools that not only decreased bullying, but actually taught empathy.
With the creation in 1981 of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton put forward the notion that the individual person driving the change is worth supporting, rather than the organization itself. He contends that the most powerful force is a big idea in the right hands: those of an entrepreneur who is not only going to make the idea happen, but spread it across society. Drayton shares his belief that the need for entrepreneurship is just as strong in areas such as education and health as that of hotels and steel. – Commonwealth Club of California
Bill Drayton is the CEO, Chairmen of the Board, and Founder of Ashoka, which strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector. Prior to Ashoka, Drayton was a McKinsey and Company consultant and served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served briefly in the White House, and has taught both law and management at Stanford Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.