Bill Drayton

A Quote by Bill Drayton on ideas, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, and conscious capitalism

What is the most powerful force in the world? And I think you would agree that is a big idea if it is in the hands of an entrepreneur who is actually going to make the idea not only happen, but spread all across society. And we understand that in business but we have need for entrepreneurship just as much in education, human rights, health, and the environment as we do in hotels and steel.

Bill Drayton

Source: Interview with Bill Drayton: http://www.ashoka.org/node/1027

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, and focus

How could any entrepreneur, confronted by such amazing opportunities to help transform the world and to do so with such extraordinary colleagues, be tempted to lose focus? Especially since the work involves such breadth that the boredom of routine or specialization does not exist.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, management, and leadership

The worst mistake I have made was to compromise on these core principles. For example, toward the end of our first period of very rapid growth (45 percent a year for five years), we hired several wonderful, spirited managers. However, they were not entrepreneurs; and they never could, partly in consequence, intuitively "get" our vision, our core stakeholders, or our culture. They set to work managing, which ended in failure, uncomprehending frustration, and culture division. Good entrepreneurs can manage, but no one but an entrepreneur can entrepreneur, let alone help build and lead the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs and their top business entrepreneur allies.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and conscious capitalism

Entrepreneurs cannot be happy people until they have seen their visions become the new reality across all of society. They learn how to master whatever skills are necessary. I am, for example, modestly an introvert. However, I spent most of my days dealing with people. It helps hugely that my daily interactions are with wonderful, caring, creative entrepreneurs from whom I learn and with whom I connect. My decision to commit to the Ashoka vision turned in part on recognizing how important this balance would be. My escape for long backpack trips in the wilderness also helps. And so, of course, does finding colleagues who are complements–and with whom I and our values-based entrepreneurial community share so much that the fit works.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship

What is Social Entrepreneurship?
Whenever society is stuck or has an opportunity to seize a new opportunity, it needs an entrepreneur to see the opportunity and then to turn that vision into a realistic idea and then a reality and then, indeed, the new pattern all across society. We need such entrepreneurial leadership at least as much in education and human rights as we do in communications and hotels. This is the work of social entrepreneurs.

Bill Drayton

Source: GOOD Q&A: Bill Drayton: http://www.goodmagazine.com/section/Features/good_qa_bill_drayton

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on good, respect, love, and change

What is your personal definition of “good”?
A world in which everyone is universally empathetic and exercises love and respect with full change-making power.

Bill Drayton

Source: Q&A: Bill Drayton - Ashoka - Social Capitalism: http://www.fastcompany.com/social/2008/articles/bill-drayton.html

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, citizen sector, and network

An entrepreneur plows the field and it weakens the idea that change isn't possible. He seeds with some very user-friendly idea. The next entrepreneur comes, and there's more plowing, more seeding. Then hundreds. As we wire the world together, ideas flow from Bangladesh to the United States and Brazil, and back. This becomes multiplicative. The network becomes a distribution channel.

Bill Drayton

Source: Fast Company: A Lever Long Enough to Move the World: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/90/open_ashoka.html

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on for-profit, non-profit, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, good business, and financing

We need to reverse three centuries of walling the for-profit and non-profit sectors off from one another. When you think for-profit and non-profit, you most often think of entities with either zero social return or zero return on capital and zero social return. Clearly, there's some opportunity in the spectrum between those extremes. What's missing is the for-profit finance industry coming in to that area. Look at the enormous diversity of the for-profit financial industry as opposed to monolithic nature of the non-profit world; it's quite astonishing.

Bill Drayton

Source: Q&A: Bill Drayton - Ashoka - Social Capitalism: http://www.fastcompany.com/social/2008/articles/bill-drayton.html

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, social entrepreneurs, and social enterprise

What does an entrepreneur do? The first thing is they've given themselves permission to see a problem. Most people don't want to see problems ... Once you see a problem and you keep looking at it you'll find an answer.

Bill Drayton

Source: Bill Drayton on Social Entrepreneurs: http://www.pbs.org/now/news/321.html

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on idea, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs, and business

It's the combination: big idea with a good entrepreneur: there's nothing more powerful. That's just as true [for] education and human rights as it is for hotel or steels.

Bill Drayton

Source: Bill Drayton on Social Entrepreneurs: http://www.pbs.org/now/news/321.html

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