Apr 17, 2023
Supporting system changers: the role of system thinking, leadership and wellbeing
A guideline for social entrepreneurs to create equitable, positive and lasting change in their fields.
Supporting System Changers: The role of system thinking, leadership, and wellbeing is a guideline for social entrepreneurs to create equitable, positive & lasting change in their fields.
In this report they outline three features of entrepreneurial support that have become – through years of testing around the world – top priorities for Ashoka’s Fellowship support program.
What is the purpose?
The ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurs has grown tremendously over the last several decades. Supporting System Changers: The role of system thinking, leadership, and wellbeing is written for the wide variety of actors who are working to support current and future generations of social entrepreneurs and to advance social entrepreneurship as a global field of action.
Based on our observations, we believe that these features are essential components of effective entrepreneurial support and that they can play a crucial role in helping social entrepreneurs to create equitable, lasting change. By sharing our learnings, we hope to provide our colleagues and partners in the growing social entrepreneurship ecosystem with useful inspiration and practical insights for their work. More importantly, we hope to spark meaningful dialogue about how our sector can continue to improve and innovate together.
What will you find?
While this guide primarily draws on our experiences working with and learning from our diverse global network of Ashoka Fellows, we also rely on the brilliant work of many other supporters, researchers, and practitioners. We have collaborated with +20 leading individuals and organizations worldwide. Many of these inspiring partners are featured in examples and case studies throughout the guide.
We are excited to share the learnings, resources, and tips that we have compiled through our efforts to build meaningful learning journeys around these three features. We hope you will find them useful, and we welcome any feedback, learnings, or other insights that you would like to share.
We hope that by sharing our approach to these three features of entrepreneurial support, explaining our key design principles, and offering selected tools and resources, other supporters will find useful inspiration and insights for their work.
What makes this report unique?
This report is written for the wide variety of actors who are working to support current and future generations of social entrepreneurs and to advance social entrepreneurship as a global field of action. Also, this report is an invitation for support organizations to come together and reflect on how we can most effectively strengthen the important work of social entrepreneurs across the world.
We work closely with our Fellows and community members to transform their challenges into meaningful learning and support programs. As social entrepreneurs continue to adapt to our changing world, so too will our support and our understanding of what makes it most impactful.
We hope that this work sparks more conversation and knowledge exchange about effective support for social entrepreneurship.
Please reach out to us if you want to host a local roundtable, webinar, or event.
View Ashoka's Supporting System Changes Report here.