Robert Ashton: The Barefoot Entrepreneur
Robert Ashton is a passionate social entrepreneur, campaigner and best selling business author. Intelligent, intuitive and influential, he helps audiences to see their opportunity within our fast changing enterprise world.
Driven by a strong sense of social justice, Robert works with charities, schools, housing associations and corporates. His project work takes from the sometimes sordid streets to often surreal meetings with Government Ministers. He makes it his business to understand and his mission to change the way we see the world.
Robert’s core skill is entrepreneurship. He takes his audience on a journey of exploration. He introduces uncomfortable truths with sensitivity and compassion. He enthuses, empowers and entertains, illustrating sometimes grim realities with humour and hope. In tough economic times he highlights opportunities audiences will believe they can achieve.
Robert challenges perceptions and offers fresh new perspectives. He advises Government, is a Guardian online columnist and blogs for Civil Society. His 12 books have been translated into 18 languages and sell in 86 countries. Three new books will be published in 2012.
Robert's areas of expertise include:
- Becoming more entrepreneurial and taking control of your future
- Making sense of and finding the opportunity in organisational change
- How to differentiate your organisation by making a difference to others
I hired Robert to deliver a thought provoking, challenging and mildly risqué session on social entrepreneurship in the third sector; I got exactly this and more. Robert delivered a session so tantalisingly creative and inventive (there was no death by PowerPoint, no intense theory, just innovative and inclusive conversation with his audience) that people left the event asking when they could access more.
Thanks Robert for today's session. I really feel things are starting to click for people & you have a wonderful way of engaging a group of people who have been for many years operating from the margins. You are fantastic in helping turn vision into reality.
Your session was very stimulating, thought provoking and indeed life changing. The feed back was exceptional and really set the theme for the day.