It’s not enough to be happy to be in the game of life; we must constantly be reinventing the game. The rapid rate of change in our world has revealed the vulnerabilities in the systems we have designed to support our lives. Yet the call from Bill Drayton is not one of fear or desperation; indeed he believes that our new societies will be led by internal systems of empathy, where people will be capable of recognizing and engaging the contributions of all.
Bill Drayton spoke with MaRS CEO, Dr. Ilse Treurnicht on June 19, 2014 about empathy, entrepreneurship and what the world would look like if we were all change-makers.
In conversation with Bill Drayton was presented by SiG, Ashoka Canada and MaRS.
About Bill Drayton:
Bill Drayton pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship. While a student at Harvard College, Balliol College in Oxford University and Yale Law School, he launched a number of organizations, including Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an interdisciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences, and Yale Legislative Services. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1970, he began his career at McKinsey & Company in New York. From 1977 to 1981, Bill served as Assistant Administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where he launched various reforms, including emissions trading (the basis of the Kyoto Protocol).
From 1981 to 1985, while working part-time at McKinsey, he founded both Ashoka and Save EPA, the predecessor to Environmental Safety. After receiving a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984, he was able to devote himself fully to Ashoka. In addition to his current role as Chairman and CEO of Ashoka, Bill is the chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!