Bill Drayton, “The Social Entrepreneur”

Introduction

William Drayton also was known as William “Bill” Drayton, born in New York City, The United States of America is a social entrepreneur. Bill Drayton was mentioned by the U.S. News & World Report in the list of America’s 25 Best Leaders as one of the best leaders in 2005. Social Entrepreneur is the one who does social work and philanthropy work for humanity and to spread awareness among people. He is the one who introduced the phrase “social entrepreneur”. The concept of it was first found in print in 1972.

Bill Drayton is the founding founder and currently the chairperson of Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, an organization that is working to find and to fosters the concept and motive of social entrepreneurs worldwide. Drayton is also a chairperson of two other organizations, named Youth Venture and Get America Working.

Drayton’s idea moreover philosophy for social entrepreneurs is that those individuals who motivated with innovative solutions to society’s most important and hard social problems. To quote Drayton, “Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”

Early years

William Bill Drayton was born in NYC a city in the USA in 1943. Bill Drayton’s mother arrived at the United States from country Australia while his father was an American who later became an explorer. Both parents had high values, public service, philanthropy and strong values running through their history of families. The family had been including several of the earliest anti-slavery destruction and women’s leaders in the U.S Drayton was born in 1943 in New York City.

Drayton went to high school at Phillips Academy, where he developed the Asia Society that soon became school’s one of the most popular student society. He attended Harvard and completed his Bachelors, receiving a degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1965. He established the Ashoka Table, a platform where students can learn how things really worked and how can they develop more by bringing in important government, union, and some of the church leaders for dinners. Bill Drayton after receiving his Bachelor degree in Arts later entered Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a Master degree in Arts in 1967. He did not stop here and went to Yale Law School where he collected his Juris Doctor in 1970. Bill Drayton formed and founded Yale Legislative Service while studying at Yale Law School, which involved a third of the law school’s student body.

Career

Bill Drayton

Drayton worked as a manager and management consultant while working for McKinsey and Company as a consultant for more than 10 years. He was the assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, launching his emissions trading during the administration of President Jimmy Carter (1977–1981). Drayton has also served as a visiting Professor at Harvard University and Stanford University.

Awards and achievements.

Drayton has received various awards and acknowledgments for his achievements.

  • He was selected as one of the early MacArthur Fellows for his work that includes the founding of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.
  • The American Society of Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration collectively awarded him their National Public Service Award.
  • He has been named a Preiskel-Silverman Fellow for Yale Law School.
  • He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Bill Drayton was honored with the award of the honorary degree, Doctorate of Human Letters by Yale University at on May 25, 2009, Drayton was awarded an honorary degree, Doctorate of Humane Letters, by Yale University at the beginning.
  • David Gergen has called Drayton the “godfather of social entrepreneurship.
  • In 2008, Drayton was named a “visionary” as one of Utne Reader magazine’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.
  • In 2011, Drayton won the Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Awards for international cooperation for his work for promoting entrepreneurs. The prize foundation related him as a “driving force behind the concept of social entrepreneurs, men, and women who think and work for innovative initiatives for the common good.
  • In the span of two weeks, Drayton was awarded the John W. Gardner Leadership Award, the award was established in 1985 to honor outstanding Americans who make the effort for leadership.
  • Very recently in 2012, Bill Drayton was named as an introductory recipient of Middlebury College’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship Vision Award for the work and the impact of his contributions in the field of social entrepreneurship.

 

Social Entrepreneurship is the most famous entrepreneur types, where people work innovatively and ideally only for humanity cause and social work. To work and think for the important and pressing problems occurring in the world and solve them to help humanity. Social entrepreneurs serve the world with their leadership quality and ideas. Someone who thinks for others before themselves is so gracious. The world requires more people like Bill Drayton to have initiatives for humanity and social work moreover supports others to help and develop their ideas.


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