This Globalizer Summit will convene in Bogota, Colombia on November 7th – 9th, 2014.
Ashoka has partnered with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) to support social entrepreneurs in Latin America working for economic inclusion. The Globalizer Summit in Colombia will bring together Ashoka Fellows with globally scalable innovations for poverty alleviation. These ideas are market-driven, have proven track records and involve entire communities to alleviate poverty.
These social influencers are now ready to expand their innovations’ impact beyond localized organizations. They have varied strategies for increasing economic inclusion, such as:
• Beatriz Pellizzari, whose training and employment program challenges society’s prejudices about the professional prospects of the disabled
• Jose Manuel Moller, who is building networks of local grocery vendors to provide sustainable, low-cost food in vulnerable neighborhoods while also rebuilding these communities’ social fabric
• Jacqueline Moreno Mendoza, whose barter system is empowering marginalized communities to draw on their own resources for development, shifting the paradigm of traditional development aid
• Francesco Piazzesi, whose auto-construction housing model provides low-income people with the opportunity to own safe, sustainable homes with community-based financing
The Globalizer Summit in Colombia will match these "ready to globalize” economic inclusion models with the strategic resources they need to rapidly and effectively achieve continental or global scale.
In the months leading up to November’s Globalizer Summit, Fellows will build their scaling strategies with an advisory team of senior business executives and strategy consultants. At the Summit itself, global business leaders will meet with Fellows and critically analyze their scaling strategies while also offering Fellows the strategic support and insight needed to enable these innovations to increase their impact dramatically.
The Summit’s Ecosystem Day will then take a broader view by having participants explore barriers faced by economic inclusion initiatives and brainstorm ways to generate greater economic opportunities for communities. Throughout the Globalizer Summit, Ashoka Fellows will engage in peer-to-peer exchange to facilitate collaboration on their shared work towards economic inclusion.