Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with more than 3,200 Ashoka Fellows (social entrepreneurs) in 88 countries putting their system of changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.
In early 2018, Ashoka Switzerland and HEG Fribourg created a collaborative Forum in Fribourg. A unique opportunity to engage Swiss companies on a journey to collaborate with today’s top social innovators from around the world and drive social change in Switzerland and globally.
At a one day workshop, leaders from the private, public and social sectors came together in Fribourg to discover innovative, evolutive and high-impact collaborative models. They have explored how to build together potential solutions for the society’s most pressing problems.
This event was followed by a conference on “Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Digital Era”, with an inspiring panel discussion with Keynote Speaker Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia and Ashoka Fellow.
“Ashoka believes everyone can contribute positively to the society and be a changemaker. This is why we involve the private and public sectors to incorporate and accelerate the social innovations led by leading entrepreneurs. “Co-creation” is a way to pool their complementary skills and expertise to meet challenges that none of these actors could have solved alone, to create value for all and a better society.”
Ashoka Switzerland Team
In 2017 the Lunt Foundation has supported the salary of project manager in charge of the general coordination of the Forum. The support allowed him to
- do a survey to 140 large and medium businesses, analyze the result and publish a “barometer”.
- to organize a workshop in Fribourg with 50 participants, including 17 from businesses, 6 from the public sector, 9 from the social sector and 9 social entrepreneurs
- to co-organize a night event with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia together with HEG Fribourg and the Swiss Economic Forum (business network)- 200 participants.