Quotes by Bill Drayton

Bill Drayton

American social entrepreneur

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    Entrepreneurs almost always have to step out of existing institutions that embody old ways of doing things to build their vision.
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    Entrepreneurs cannot be happy people until they have seen their visions become the new reality across all of society.
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    Every successful organization has to make the transition from a world defined primarily by repetition to one primarily defined by change. This is the biggest transformation in the structure of how humans work together since the Agricultural Revolution.
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    Everyone says you've got to do a foundation and legal structure to finance social change. What nonsense!
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    Good entrepreneurs can manage, but no one but an entrepreneur can entrepreneur, let alone help build and lead the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs and their top business entrepreneur allies.
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    In 1962, when I was 19, I visited India. With introductions from people involved in the U.S. civil rights movement, I was able to visit with several of the leading Gandhians there. The hundred-to-one difference in average per capita income between America and India at the time was a stark reality for the people who became my friends there.
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    It's the combination: big idea with a good entrepreneur: there's nothing more powerful.
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    Organizations must shift away from repetitive-function hierarchies with rules and enforcement and walls. Instead, we must migrate rapidly to becoming a global 'team of teams' that comes together in whatever combination necessary to add the greatest value to the changes underway.
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    Public service and respect for ideas is a recurrent theme in both the American and Australian sides of my family.
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    We are all very deeply the children of our parents and their parents. Far more than we generally realize.
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    We started Ashoka here in India with a simple idea: that you needed social entrepreneurs to deal with problems that don't fit the business paradigm.
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    We would like to have every middle and high school become a place where there will be lots of examples of youth competence and confidence.
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    What does an entrepreneur do? The first thing is they've given themselves permission to see a problem. Most people don't want to see problems... Once you see a problem and you keep looking at it, you'll find an answer.
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