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Systemic and Empowering. Social Entrepreneurship in the Time of Philanthrocapitalism is the latest report from Ashoka's Learning and Action Center and Globalizer teams. It shows how social entrepreneurs can contribute to meaningful social change in a way that counters common criticisms.

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The empowerment and boosting of social entrepreneurship; key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Spain.

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The study is based on our analysis of 25 leading social entrepreneurs who are Ashoka Fellows that work to strengthen democracy. They reveal how democratic ideals must be dispersed throughout all levels of their work to promote a society based on democratic values. 

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As we stand on the threshold of an epochal decade, we are confronted with an urgent need to find, fund, and support transformative solutions at a far greater pace than ever.

For 40 years, Ashoka has found that the world's leading social entrepreneurs, who are recognized as Ashoka Fellows, are at the heart of systems change. On the cusp of Ashoka's 40th anniversary, it has invited partners in the citizen sector to develop a joint perspective on the critical question: how do we get better at funding and supporting systems change?

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Ashoka Fellows frequently report that their most impactful work – the kind that is focused on system change – is generally the least funded. This presents a clear challenge and opportunity for funders to grow the impact of their funding by adopting a system change approach.