Over the last few weeks I have been in touch with the Ashoka team here in Madrid. I have considered myself a big fan for a few years now, so I was really pleased to be able to meet the actual people behind the institution.
I first heard of Ashoka in 2005, when the press reported on President Rodríguez Zapatero handing a copy of David Bornstein's "How to change the world: social entrepreneurship and the power of new ideas" to his cabinet ministers. <voice_over> See, even ZP has good things to be remembered by... :) </voice_over>.
It is not often that one has the chance of lending a hand, tentatively at least, to a group of highly talented and self motivated individuals trying to bring about social change through the use of the little known --at least in Spain-- tool of spearheading social entrepreneurship.
Ashoka has been gaining increased recognition for its good work world-wide and Bill Drayton has received a number of prestigious awards, but there is still a lot to be done in order to help Ashoka establish itself firmly in our coutry. I am really glad that I will be trying to contribute to this wonderful effort in the coming months.