WISE is the Women’s Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship, a program with the goal of elevating the number, knowledge, and power of women innovators.
South-Led Stories of Impact session was about showcasing powerful social change models from the Global South and elevating women social entrepreneurs. Examples of how female innovators have scaled deep but also showcasing that women social entrepreneurs do also scale up and out.
Dr Dajani explained her model of change – one through which she empowers communities with the mindsets and tools to create change and let go control, giving them the agency to scale deep themselves. Dr Dajani’s approach truly embodies the core type of impact Ashoka is seeking to elevate through WISE – a focus on scaling deep that leads to impacting thousands, if not millions. We Love Reading is a story that should reverberate across the ecosystem as an example of the remarkable impact and success women social entrepreneurs create.
Link to session
From July 13-15 Ashoka held the online WISE Up series, highlighting the transformative impact being led by women innovators worldwide.
From the conference description:
At WISE Up, we sought to spark discussions at the ecosystem level around how we can better invest in, advance, and learn from impact models that scale deep – ones that prioritize shifts in cultures, values, ideas, and attitudes over reach.
We have seen through our work that women entrepreneurs often lead scaling deep movements for change, and at this series, we got the opportunity to hear the insights and reflections of leading women entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the innovation sector into how they enact change and how this current moment can be taken advantage of to strengthen the innovation sector.
The event had more than 860 registered attendees, 28 speakers, and 17 outreach partners.