Economic Architecture

Driven to seek the most powerful way to engage the market to improve the quality and character of people's lives, we've been learning from leading social entrepreneurs on the ground around the world. This is leading us to develop a radically different view of the market. We call it Economic Architecture.

It is not enough to ask: How do we create profit to support our impact? Or even: How do we create impact while generating profit?

We need to ask: How do we change the market so the pursuit of profit creates the greatest impact? 

To find the most powerful answers, we need to support a new wave of innovations that shift the market to align profit and impact.

Developing Economic Architecture: What We Learned When We Challenged Ourselves to Start Over and Search for the Most Powerful Way to Harness the Power of the Market

By Stuart Yasgur, Managing Director of Ashoka SFS After a little more than a decade and considerable achievements, Ashoka Social Financial Services (SFS) decided it was time to redefine success. As the pace of change is accelerating exponentially, we all face a new set of historic opportunities, and...
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Advancing Economic Architecture: How We're Working

To harness the power of market dynamics for the benefit of all, fostering individual solutions is not enough. A different way of thinking - a framework change - is necessary to truly build momentum behind this paradigm imperative that we believe necessary to overcome the failures in the market. Our...
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Shifting The Market / Aligning Profit and Impact, SOCAP 2015

By Stuart Yasgur, Managing Director of Ashoka SFS Ashoka’s Social Financial Services group starts with a single question: “How do we engage the market to improve people’s lives?” It’s motivated by three simple observations. The market affects everyone – there’s no system that’s more pervasive. It...
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The Power of Market-Based Innovations

This article was originally published by Philanthropy Age in 2014. Stuart Yasgur, a leader in the field of social innovation, with Noura Ismail, argues that market forces can be harnessed to solve seemingly intractable social challenges. As the world changes at an ever-increasing rate, it is vital...
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