1 THE ASHOKA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
2 ASHOKA WORKING WITH THE WORLD S LEADING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS Ashoka is the global professional association of the world s leading social entrepreneurs individuals with new ideas for systemically addressing the world s biggest challenges and with the entrepreneurial skills to transform those ideas into actions with national, regional and global social impact. For over thirty years we have identified, supported and networked 3,000 social entrepreneurs Ashoka Fellows in over 80 countries, solving systemic problems in education, healthcare, civic participation, economic development, environmental protection and other key areas. BUILDING COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORTIVE ECOSYSTEMS FOR CHANGEMAKERS Ashoka creates the necessary support systems for changemakers to deliver sustainable social solutions, such as access to social financing, bridges to business and academic sectors, as well as frameworks for partnerships that deliver social and financial value. This vast experience enables Ashoka to spearhead unprecedented pathways of scaling social innovations through the power of collaboration with public institutions, the finance industry, the business sector and other key actors. ENABLING NEW FORMS OF PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN BUSINESS AND CIVIL SOCIETY For-profit organizations today have an opportunity to collaborate with citizen sector organizations (CSOs) on large-scale social and environmental problems that neither group has been able to solve on its own. The power of such partnerships lies in the complementary strengths of the participants. Businesses offer scale, expertise in manufacturing and operations, sales and financing, while social entrepreneurs and CSOs contribute with strong social networks, deep insights into the needs of their customers and communities, and social innovation power. These cross-sectorial partnerships not only change the rules of conventional business logic (as they strive for both social and economic value), but also result in important transformations within the organizations involved. Partners begin to capitalize on each other s complementary assets and experiences, and as they begin to cross-pollinate, new leadership styles and organizational structures evolve. These partnerships become a powerful force for internal cultural change for all the entities involved. The future lies in collaboration.
3 BECOMING A PARTICIPANT Becoming a participant means being part of a program in which you will attend 7 modules of 2-3 days over a nine-months period. In these modules you will learn about: THE MARKET Spotting opportunities in the emerging market of social entrepreneurial initiatives for new system-changing ideas and social innovations. THE TOOLS Applying the impact model and the impact-oriented business plan; planning impact-based; measuring the impact of social entrepreneurial initiatives. THE KNOW-HOW Financing and scaling social innovation as well as building partnerships between the social, public and business sectors, while understanding to mobilize the ecosystem of support. THE MANAGEMENT Assessing social entrepreneurial initiatives along the life-cycle, co-creating hybrid value systems, enabling matchmaking, advocacy and managing stakeholders. THE PEOPLE Discussing, learning and sharing with key stakeholders from across the full spectrum of the global social entrepreneurship movement. CURRICULUM Participants get equipped with the skills to master entrepreneurial success and social impact at the same time. MODULE 1 Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation MODULE 2 Business Modeling & Impact MODULE 3 Funding & Scaling Social Innovation MODULE 4 Partnerships & Co-Creation MODULE 5 Stakeholder Communication & Leadership MODULE 6 Managing Organizations & Talents MODULE 7 The Art of Storytelling & Marketing Spotting opportunities in the emerging market of social entrepreneurship for new system-changing ideas, social innovations, and collaborations. Applying an impact model and impactoriented business plan for strategy & organizational development. Developing ways to scale and maximize social impact; understanding financing approaches to increase readiness and to attract funding and financing. Understanding and leveraging the power of private companies, public institutions and traditional welfare organizations. Mobilizing stakeholders, facilitating impact-oriented collaboration and decision making, and enabling system-change. Managing organizations; scouting for, attracting, recruiting, managing and rewarding the best talents. Designing, crafting and communicating success stories, leveraging the power of mass media, and utilizing social media channels. OPTION A: PLACEMENT AS AN EXECUTIVE IN RESIDENCE FOR AN ASSIGNMENT WITH ONE OF OUR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS OPTION B: DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN OF YOUR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL INITIATIVE THROUGH THE PROGRAM YOU WILL Work as an Executive in Residence for a social entrepreneur on a challenging assignment. You will develop strategic products (e.g., impact, business and scaling plans), identify development needs, and mobilize corresponding resources, while at the same time spotting opportunities and strengthening networks around the social entrepreneur s mission. Receive an excellent education from a world-class faculty and leading changemakers from the not-for-profit, business, and public sectors. Take part in fireside chats, learning about the journeys of successful social entrepreneurs. Learn from corporate leaders, as well as public institutions and large civil society organizations about how they pioneer social innovation in their organizations. Be part of a team consisting of Peers, Mentors, Ashoka Staff and pro-bono Partners that support you to develop your social entrepreneurial ideas. Become part of Ashoka s global networks of social entrepreneurs and changemakers. After completing the program you will be invited to join Ashoka events across Europe. As leaders of change and pioneers of new professional pathways, Ashoka will actively profile and connect you.
4 SUMMARY PROGRAM INFORMATION Target Group: Mid-career professionals and leaders from all sectors Minimum Requirements: The desire to become a leader in thought 5 years of work experience Excellent English skills Duration: Part-time, over a duration of 9 month (September June) 15 days of in-class sessions Tailored executive in residence program, assignment o n-site or/and online, over the duration of the course Language: English Course Location: Vienna, Austria Application: CV and letter of motivation: For more information: austria.ashoka.org Costs: EUR 10,000 TARGET GROUP Dedicated professionals from the public, private and non-profit sector who aim to broaden their knowledge and network in the field of social entrepreneurship Current and future social entrepreneurs Experienced individuals who aim to share, enrich, apply and transform their expertise for the common good in an entrepreneurial way Highly motivated professionals and inspiring changemakers REQUIREMENTS A track record of innovating solutions and successfully bringing them to fruition Ability to lead through influence, inspiration and ideas The desire to become a thought leader who is able to identify, articulate and drive major innovation trends and opportunities in various fields The willingness to explore your personal, multi-stakeholder, reflective and communication competencies A minimum of 5 years of work experience Excellent English skills LECTURERS The faculty body consists of distinguished experts from leading academic institutions, from Ashoka s network of partner universities, professionals from the business, non-profit, public and financial sectors, and world-class social entrepreneurs. TEACHING METHODOLOGY The program creates inspiring and transforming learning experiences. This means that participants will be exposed to group work, case studies, peer-reviews, coaching and mentoring, and will be actively engaged in assignments with leading social entrepreneurs.
5 ENLIGHTENED LEADERS ARE MAKING SUSTAINABILITY A CORE PART OF BUSINESS STRATEGY. Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General THE ASHOKA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION ORGANIZATIONS THAT TAP INTO THE CHANGEMAKER VISION CAN SPARK INNO VATION, ENGAGE EMPLOYEES, AND BETTER MEET CUSTOMER NEEDS WHILE IMPROVING THE BOTTOM LINES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY AS A WHOLE. Ronald L. Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples. Inc. This is a pioneering leadership program for executives and leaders of change from the corporate world, the public sector and civil society. The time has come for collaboration across sectors to address the complex challenges we face today. Social entrepreneurs and civil society are striving for greater impact and scale of their ventures. Businesses are looking for new markets, strategies to remain relevant in the future and to achieve more purpose for their employees. Public institutions are looking for new ways of delivering public goods and services. The program s participants are pioneers striving for new careers, business, and social impact pathways in society. Our participants can expect to become equipped with the skills to master entrepreneurial success and social impact at the same time. All our participants are invited into Ashoka s network of leading social entrepreneurs, corporations, the finance industry and public institutions. SOCIAL ENTRE PRENEURS ARE DEMONSTRATING TO THE WORLD HOW BUSINESS CAN BE A FORCE FOR GOOD. Richard Branson, businessman and investor TAKING PART IN THE PROGRAM MEANS THAT YOU will be trained to address society s challenges while achieving economic value for your organization will learn from and collaborate with leading experts from the fields of non-profit, business, academia, and the public sector will acquire cutting-edge knowledge and unique tools for developing innovative social entrepreneurial initiatives will work with leading social entrepreneurs to gain practical experience will understand the role of the different actors including International Development Agencies, governments, impact investors and NGOs in the growing field of social entrepreneurship will explore and create new career paths will become part of a pioneering alumni network of changemakers SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP A FAST-GROWING SECTOR Social Entrepreneurship booms in Europe: % of European GDP is generated by the social economy. The social economy employs over 11 million people in the EU, amounting to 4.5% of the active EU population. One in four new enterprises setup every year in the European Union is a social enterprise The European Commission actively contributes to creating a favorable environment for the development of social business in Europe and the social economy at large.
6 THOSE TODAY WE CALL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS MAY BE WHAT WE SIMPLY CALL ENTREPRENEURS IN THE FUTURE, JUST AS WE MAY COME TO REGARD ENHANCING WELL-BEING AS ONE OF THE BASICS OF BUSINESS ITSELF. IN THE END, TRANSFORMING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN ENTERPRISE MAY BE THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION THAT COMES FROM THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS MOVEMENT. Peter M. Senge, founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning. In 1997, Harvard Business Review identified Senge's book The Fifth Discipline as one of the seminal management books of the previous seventy-five years. HEAD OF PROGRAMS Raphaela Toncic-Sorinj PARTNERS CONTACT Ashoka gemeinnützige GmbH Expert cluster hosted by oehner petsche pollak Tuchlauben 7a 1010 Vienna / Austria T M Founding Partner of the Leadership Program
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