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Thursday, May 30 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Creating the New Business-Social Ecosystem

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What would a world look like without any walls between the business and social sector? How are social entrepreneurs already engaged in building this new world? What are the opportunities and challenges they see? This panel will bring together three social entrepreneurs advancing change beyond the scope of a social enterprise or a citizen sector organization. These Ashoka Fellows are transforming industries by re-envisioning value creation and enabling entire new eco-systems. They are not just building partnerships across society but creating teams of teams committed to a shared vision for advancing change at significant scale. Building from their examples and on-the ground experiences, we will engage the audience in a dialogue about the future of business/social congruence. Is it really possible? Why does it make sense? What do we need to start doing today to build this new future?


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Valeria Budinich

Founder and CEO of Full Economic Citizenship, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Valeria is a social entrepreneur who has worked for 25 years in the creation and expansion of new businesses with social impact in 22 countries worldwide. At Ashoka in 2003, Valeria founded the Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Initiative, a global initiative enabling large commercial alliances between social entrepreneurs and private companies to deliver products and services to small producers and low-income families through the articulation of... Read More →
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Stephen Friend

President, Sage Bionetworks
Dr. Friend is the President of Sage Bionetworks, a non-profit organization dedicated to redefining biomedical research through open systems, incentives and norms.  He is an authority in the field of cancer biology and a pioneer in the field of the genetics of gene expression integrating system biology approaches to complex diseases.  Under his leadership, Sage Bionetworks develops technology platforms for data-intensive analysis... Read More →
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Scott Gilmore

CEO & Founder, Building Markets
Scott Gilmore is the founder and CEO of Building Markets, a social enterprise that helps create jobs and reduce poverty by connecting local entrepreneurs to global markets. Under his leadership, that organization pioneered new models for creating shared value, and helped broker over $1.2 billion in contracts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor Leste and Liberia, creating 70,000 local jobs in the process. Recently, Scott launched a new enterprise, Anchor... Read More →
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Nicole Rycroft

Executive Dorector, Canopy
Nicole leads the strategic direction of Canopy and ensures the organization advances its mission with maximum efficiency and effect. Fueled by a deep commitment to social justice and a passion for wild places, Nicole strives for the creation of a compassionate society where our natural world is respected and valued beyond its resource values. A firm believer that we could be doing things in a better way, Nicole is committed to ensuring that the... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

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