Rippling Innovation and Action

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This week I had the opportunity to attend a discussion with Beverly Schwartz, the author of the new book ‘Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World‘. In her book, and during the discussion, Schwartz encourages everyday individuals to become social entrepreneurs, or at the very least work alongside social entrepreneurs, to make real, sustainable, systemic changes in society.

During the discussion numerous examples of social entrepreneurs were discussed, all of whom are or were fellows of Ashoka, the social change organization that Schwartz works for. I found the stories of these innovators inspiring on multiple levels and feel strongly that innovations and work like this should be elevated to inspire other thinkers, dreamers and doers in our society to take action.

Below are a few videos about the work and impact of some inspirational social entrepreneurs:

  • Albina Ruiz created a profitable recycling industry that lifts people out of poverty.
  • Isaac Durojaiye started the first revenue-generating mobile toilet initiative in Nigeria to improve sanitation and create jobs for at-risk workers.
  • Pradip Sharmah designed a light, ergonomic rickshaw with a financing service and new business model to enable rickshaw drivers to build a better quality of life.

If you are aware of other innovators making real change around the globe, please share in the comments below! In a world full of tough headlines and conflict, let’s raise social innovation and entrepreneurship up as legitimate responses to some difficult challenges.

Andrea Perri
Project Specialist
Campaign Consultation, Inc.

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Andrea Perri

I came to Campaign Consultation with a strong background in social work and community organizing. I am also a former Peace Corps health volunteer who served in The Gambia working on maternal and child health care projects.In my role as Project Specialist, I assist with project research, content development and other support for the Social Innovation Fund, George Washington University Freshman Day of Service and other projects.Read more.

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