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Chief Entrepreneur for Planet and Climate

State Farm, Virginia, US
Closing date
Nov 28, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
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The Opportunity

The world is better than we think. In pockets across the globe, humans are pioneering and implementing working, real-life solutions - answers to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Ashoka's Next Now identifies, supports and lifts up these examples, and the changemakers behind them. From a bird's eye perspective, we see patterns and frontiers of innovation that show a way to a better future. We weave a community of innovators committed to building it, and share our findings and insights with the world. As part of Ashoka's Next Now, the Planet & Climate field has the mandate to create a shift in rebalancing our relationship with nature. This requires a paradigm shift in how humanity sees itself, how we understand what nature is, and how we see ourselves in the unfolding arc of time. In other words, we need to reframe our relationship with nature: we need to move from seeing humanity as separate from and superior to nature and recognize the interconnectedness that means in fact, we are nature. The mission of Ashoka Planet & Climate is to establish the most effective way to bring this new reality about, leveraging a network of network's approach.

Are you the entrepreneur to lead Planet & Climate?

→ You have a vision of a future where every decision-made advances human and planetary wellbeing; a future where everyone has a role to play.
→ You would relish leading entrepreneurs whose innovations are solving issues of biodiversity & climate change.
→ You want to engage citizens, publishers, and technologists to collaborate with these innovators to catalyze a new era of planetary wellbeing.

Ashoka is looking for an exceptional entrepreneur and field catalyst to lead the field of Planet & Climate globally. The Planet and Climate LGM will be a key member of Ashoka's senior executive team, working closely with Next Now's leadership, teams across Ashoka, Fellows and key partners.

The Planet & Climate LGM will:

• Lead a team and collaborate with peer entrepreneurs to advance the field of Planet & Climate inside and beyond Ashoka; This includes:
o Identifying key field-level insights and patterns, paving the way to a new reality and a new Planet & Climate paradigm
o Building a global ecosystem of Planet & Climate changemakers and key partners, & galvanizing a co-creative effort with them towards a common goal and shared agenda
o Igniting a movement that fosters a new Planet & Climate mindset for the good of all
• Build a vision, a uniting purpose and 3-year rolling strategic priorities for the field of Planet & Climate, in alignment with Next Now's leadership & Ashoka's Board
• Develop high-level relationships with strategic partners, including financial partners that will secure the financial self-sufficiency of Next Now Planet & Climate's work moving forward
• Drive institutional alignment and collaboration that cascades across Ashoka programs and geographical teams
• Serve as a member of Ashoka's and Next Now's senior leadership team, contributing to strategic decision-making

The candidate should have the following experience and characteristics:

• A history of creating new ideas, bringing them to fruition, and creating systemic change supporting marginalized populations
• Launched and led your own organization or business and have a proven track record of significantly scaling social impact
• Experience working with and/or managing programs centered around furthering changemaking and/or empathy
• Demonstrated effectiveness in forming and growing major partnerships & teams
• Experience in mobilizing networks that cut across sectors • Raised significant funding
• A minimum of 10 years' experience

Location: Ashoka Global: Washington DC, or Regional offices: London, Lagos, Cairo, Bangalore, Jakarta, Sao Paulo.

Why Ashoka?

Over the last 35 years, Ashoka coined the term social entrepreneur and pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship globally. We searched and launched 3,800+ extraordinary men and women with system changing ideas to solve problems. Ashoka Fellows have gone on to improve the lives of tens of millions. They have won Nobel Peace Prizes, facilitated the global spread of breakthrough innovations like rotational grazing and microfinance, made major inroads in ending child labor, established key aspects of the sharing economy, championed cross-national treaties to reduce overfishing, and more.

We have also helped the world see why social entrepreneurship was a more powerful way to drive change. Seeing differently, helped people do differently. Investors invested in them, journalists wrote about them, universities created programs and taught courses, and incubators/accelerators supported them. In some countries, governments created policies to support social entrepreneurs.

We continue to grow global movement of social entrepreneurship, and, we recognize this is not enough. The rate of change is accelerating, and our problems are growing faster than our solutions. In such an environment it is not enough for a few to lead and others to follow. Everyone must be a changemaker
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