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Let's Fix It

Harnessing the collective power of social innovators

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On this special episode of Let’s Fix It, Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, chronicles her journey from being the first employee of the World Economic Forum to co-founding the world’s leading platform on social innovation, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

"Social entrepreneurship is described as not just an activity, but it stands for a mindset. So with this mindset, we can see is now penetrating also business and governments as well as the educational system."

Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Today the Schwab Foundation consists of a community of 400 social innovators have impacted the lives of 722 million people in over 190 countries.

Learn from some of the world’s best social innovators on how to create a more just, sustainable and equitable world.

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Hosted by:
Pavitra Raja

Programme and Engagement Lead, Europe and Americas - Schwab Foundation, World Economic Forum

Hilde Schwab

Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum Geneva


Social Innovation

Social innovation is driven by purpose, partnership, and accountability, in order to develop solutions that enable traditionally excluded people to participate in the economy. It is the process of applying new solutions to global problems, by creating or improving products, services, business models, and markets - and more effectively responding to unmet needs. Collaboration among businesses, the government, and civil society that cuts across boundaries is essential for social enterprises to increase the scale of their impact. These enterprises can be non-profits like First Book, which provides books for children in need, or for-profits that embed a social mission in their busin...

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