Everyone has to be a change maker, because if you aren’t able to contribute to change, you’re not going to be a player.
Can one person really change the world? Bill Drayton thinks so. Innovative individuals who believe they can make a difference and don’t give up have been at the forefront of every major social change. Through his organization, Ashoka, Drayton has been investing in trailblazers since 1980, aiming to create a world where everyone believes they can effect change. “Everyone has to be a change maker, because if you aren’t able to contribute to change, you’re not going to be a player,” Drayton says. With more than 2,000 Fellows in 60 countries, Ashoka is helping fuel initiatives that are create mass social change.
TakePart travelled to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, to pick the brains of the world’s biggest thinkers. These Innovators in Action are changing the face of the future with bold new ideas and profound enthusiasm. Motivated by personal experience and fueled by the hope that things can get better, these innovators—each of them true social entrepreneurs—are improving our world, one brilliant business idea at a time.