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The Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs

The Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs is building a global network of social entrepreneurs so that elder members can support one another and also share their wisdom across the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Membership is open to all social entrepreneurs over the age of 55. Any social entrepreneur under 55 can become an associate member. For the Elders Council to become a non-profit organisation, charity status has been applied for.

The Elders Council is working on two main themes which will be based on a range of expertise accumulated through the years:

  • To support social entrepreneurs who are over 55: by working on systems of mutual support and solidarity.
  • To support the wider community of social entrepreneurs: To focus the wisdom of the elders for the benefit of the wider community of social entrepreneurs, offering whatever support is needed. The support could include mentoring, advice on boards,  transition and other critical challenges.   

Some of the Key Activities for 2021: 

Webinar Series: These are based on case studies and experiences of Social Entrepreneurs across the world. They are a space to share experiences, challenges and lessons learnt. Participants then have space to reflect together as a community. 

The Council offers this choice of webinars for: 

  • Fellow Elder Social Entrepreneurs 
  • Fellow Social Entrepreneurs looking into topics of transition, leadership, and succession 
  • Ashoka Support Network Members interested in transition and succession issues for social entrepreneurs and/or who want to share their own learnings across sectors 

Soul Sessions: These are smaller and more intimate spaces for elder social entrepreneurs to connect for mutual support.  

Find more information about "Who we are" below, reach out to Michela from Ashoka and to Ashoka Fellow Chris from the Elders Council, or register in the form below if you want to work with us and dive deeper through this one-pager:

2021 Webinars Series: Come and join!  

As the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs is a new venture which comes about since they see an urgent need for elders to support each other in practical matters and matters relating to their the feelings as older people, the Council offers this choice of webinars for all Fellow Elder Social Entrepreneurs: 

Upcoming Webinar: Changes: Facing and managing change through your life and career.

After the wonderful song Changes, by David Bowie, we invite three extraordinary African women to reflect on transition and succession in their lives: Angela Benson, from Liberia, Salamatu Garba from Nigeria and Mahali Hlasa from Lesotho. Each will reflect upon the next steps they are thinking about as they each consider the transition pathway and a variety of options for succession. After a successful career with the WHO Angela co-founded Benson Hospital with her husband, Salamatu is the founder of WOFAN an association of thousands of women farmers and Mahali was the Chief Public Health Inspector for Maseru and is now Chairman and Country Director of Riders for Health, Lesotho.
When: June 21, 2021 17:00 PM (CEST)

This is the third Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs webinar for 2021 and we are enormously looking forward to your joining us for this next insightful session. 

Please click on this link to register for the webinar and receive the Zoom link.

The Elders Council looks forward to see you at the webinars! For any questions, please reach out to Michela from Ashoka  and to Ashoka Fellow Chris from the Elders Council. 

Click here to watch our previous Elders Council Webinars!

Who Are We? 

To support the creation of the Elders Council, Ashoka Europe Fellowship hosted a first convening of elder social entrepreneurs at the Wellbeing "Elders Retreat" in September 2019, in Aix-en-Provence (France). That's when 10 Ashoka Fellows gathered and signed the first declaration of the new-born global network: We, the elders from Ashoka Fellowship, pledge to work together to establish a Council of Elders to represent and support social entrepreneurs (in Ashoka) in every phase of transition. Find out more about it in the Executive Summary.

The core group and main contacts of the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs:

You want to connect and work with us?  Please fill out the form above - we're glad to be in touch soon!