Diversity Accelerates our “Everyone a Changemaker” Future


  • Bunmi Otegbade Bunmi Otegbade is Senior Change Leader at Ashoka
  • Kenny Clewett Kenny Clewett is Lead for Venture Europe and Co-Director of Hello World at Ashoka
  • Lorena Garcia Duran Lorena Garcia Duran is Global Leader for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ashoka


diversity, inclusion, equity, multiculturalism, proximate leaders, social entrepreneurship, privilege, access, minority


This paper examines what the 2021 Global Fellows Survey tells us about diversity from the lens of Fellows who self-identify as part of one or more minority groups. We find that the opportunity to connect with social entrepreneurs from diverse fields, geographies, and backgrounds within Ashoka’s Fellowship has offered a space to further innovate and to build community across a common commitment for change for the good of all. Also, social entrepreneurs that self-identify with minorities contribute to enhancing the scope and quality of the network by representing communities they are proximate leaders in, as well as by contributing key assets, and in their ability to build relationships. Intentionally seeking and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion is an on-going process key to ensure these positive relationships, interactions and skill sharing happens and accelerates effective change processes.




How to Cite

Otegbade, B., Clewett , K., & Garcia Duran, L. . (2022). Diversity Accelerates our “Everyone a Changemaker” Future. Social Innovations Journal, 11(1). Retrieved from https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/2029