You have to teach empathy like literacy: Ashoka-Innovators founder

Way back in 1980, Bill Drayton recognized the power of an idea to change the world. As the founder and CEO of Ashoka-Innovators for the Public, he has led the creation of a global network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs.


There seems to be a talent crunch in the social entrepreneurship sector. How can youngsters be drawn in to the field? 

No sector, including the citizen sector, is going to have change-makers , if we aren’t producing them. Empathy is just like literacy and learnt language. If this generation of children and young people do not master empathy (cognitive empathy which is a foundational skill), team work, a very different type of leadership and change-making they are not going to be helpful to anybody in any sector. For India and the world, it is essential that every child and young person develops these skills. You can’t be a change-maker by reading a book. This is the ultimate bicycle ride. You have to do it. We have to teach empathy as we do literacy


Madhavi Rajadhyaksha