Great business ideas grow or travel internationally to serve customers around the world. By contrast, no such market forces exist in the social sector. As a result, we reinvent the wheel many times over, do not use resources efficiently, and fail to use opportunities for learning and innovation where they are needed most. The Ashoka Globalizer assembles the supply and demand for globalizing change, and the architecture for this marketplace to grow. It does so by supporting the most advanced social entrepreneurs extend the impact of their innovations to create truly global change and transform entire fields – by building in-depth structured connections between leaders in the business and social sectors and creating knowledge to benefit entrepreneurs in both sectors.
The Globalizer Experience
The Ashoka Globalizer process involves five stages:
- Identification of social entrepreneurs who are ready to go global;
- Identification of cutting-edge strategy tracks that fit their work;
- Identification of business entrepreneurs and other experts best suited for each of these tracks;
- An intensive several-month local preparation and mentoring process that results in first-rate business plans;
- A 3-day summit (March 26-28) with in-depth advising sessions and group ‘panel’ deliberations, access to business know-how, and sessions that explore different strategies for taking an idea to global impact;
After the summit, social and business entrepreneurs continue the mentoring and collaborative process through which fellows can share and get input on their plans and impact.
“Nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere.
The challenge of the 21st century is to find out what works and bring it to scale.”
– Bill Clinton, Former US President
The Globalizer Summit is designed to work without long presentations and plenary meetings but rather focus on what entrepreneurs are best at: overcoming real world barriers for key social innovations by drawing on business experience, networks, and the creativity of the panelists. Over the course of one weekend, both social entrepreneurs and business entrepreneurs leave with new approaches to their work, insights for their organizations, and a powerful new network.
The proposed activities are designed to:
- Provide the globalization infrastructure for social entrepreneurs so that their ideas travel and impact multiplies.
- Develop a collaborative network of the world’s best practitioners including both social and business entrepreneurs, thus fostering collaboration and exchange of best practices and mutual learning across sectors.
- Build the field beyond our immediate networks by surfacing, collecting and spreading unique insights on how to create economic and other important opportunities for the disadvantaged.
Globalizer Fellows & Alliance For Global Good’s Themes
The 5 thematic areas in which the Alliance for Global Good works are well represented amongst the 37 Globalizer Fellows selected in 2010 and 2011.
The Fellows roughly divide into the thematic areas as follows:
- World Health: 8 Fellows
- World Poverty: 11 Fellows
- World Education: 9 Fellows
- World Environment: 2 Fellows
- World Relationships of Nations: 7 Fellows
The 37 Globalizer Fellows come from 21 countries, across Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. Their collective impact is already in the tens of millions and poised to grow rapidly into hundreds of millions of beneficiaries collectively.
Finally, everything Ashoka does conforms to the principles of Leverage, Scalabilty, Transparency, Sustainability and Collaboration. Indeed, it is this very set of shared values and guideposts that most indicate to us the wonderful fit between the Alliance and Ashoka.