Great social innovations have a global market potential but too often remain local, instead of reaching people where they are most needed. Often, the market forces at work in the traditional business world do not work the same way in the social sector. There is a limited body of literature and set of best practice focused on how to scale the impact of a social innovation so it can meet its full demand. The Ashoka Globalizer Program strives to change this scenario. It supports advanced Ashoka Fellows from around the globe to develop effective impact scaling strategies, involving leading business minds in the process.
TOPIC FOCUS: Economic Inclusion
Out of the many challenges the 3+ billion people in the world living at or below the economic poverty level face two stand out: the lack of access to markets and financial services and lack of access and/or prohibitive prices for basic goods and services. As part of its Opportunity Project, the eBay Foundation is now pairing up with the Ashoka Globalizer to help scale the most promising ideas to generate abundant economic opportunities for disadvantaged groups around the globe and increase access to critical goods and services at fair prices.
The Chennai Globalizer Summit will convene 20 experienced Ashoka Fellows and eBay Foundation grantees whose proven models support low-income entrepreneurs and/or increase access to sorely needed products and services in BoP markets through innovations - from last mile distribution systems to micro enterprise finance. See the online profiles>> or scaling profiles (brochure)>> of the participating Social Entrepreneurs. This powerful practitioners’ cohort will sit down with key movers and shakers form the business sector committed to high social impact. Past participants at Globalizer summits in Vienna, Munich, Stockholm, Geneva, Nairobi and Bangalore include founders of groundbreaking businesses, CEOs of leading corporations, and a Nobel Prize laureate. See the list of participating Strategy Thought Partners>>.
AGENDA: February 28th – March 2nd 2014 / Chennai, India
Globalizer Summits are small, yet very high-profile, roll-up-your-sleeves events geared towards supporting leading social entrepreneurs to scale their impact far more broadly. Without plenary sessions and lengthy speeches, leading entrepreneurial doers from the business and citizen sector connect in intimate one-on-one conversations and small group sessions focusing on what entrepreneurs are best at: drawing on business experience, networks, and creativity to come up with real solutions for real world barriers.
FEBRUARY 28th - ECOSYSTEM DAY: While trying to scale their impact many initiatives working on economic empowerment at the BoP face the same systemic barriers. Small, multi-sectorial working groups focus around one specific Ecosystem Barrier each and draft out possible solutions and action plans. (This day is open to a broader expert audience. If you want to aplly for being an active co-creator, register here>>.)
MARCH 1st - ACCELERATOR PANELS: This “speed-dating” format convenes dozens of personal meetings through a series of intimate one-on-one conversations at eyelevel. Here, social entrepreneurs have the chance to refine their previously prepared impact scaling strategies and establish key contacts for implementing these in action-oriented dialogues with key movers and shakers from the social and business sectors. (This day is on private invitation only.)
MARCH 2nd - PEER-TO-PEER EXCHANGE: Participating social entrepreneurs have the chance to exchange their current challenges and lessons learnt on scaling-related topics such as leadership, organizational and personal development, partnerships/alliances and others. (This day is exclusive for participating social entrepreneurs.)