Systemic and Empowering

Ashoka Systems Change Podcast

May 2020. Fergal Byrne and I talk to leading social entrepreneurs about questions like: What are the benefits of working on a systems level? How can you build networks and coalitions? What is the role of well-being and personal development? Available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Systemic and Empowering

Systemic and Empowering. Social Entrepreneurship in the Time of Philanthrocapitalism

May 2020. Five case studies that show how turning people into changemakers can be a powerful way to create legitimacy and accountability in systems change work. Together with Alexandra Ioan, PhD, and Olga Shirobokova.

Wenn aus klein systemisch wird

Embracing Complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

January 2020. Joint study by Ashoka, Catalyst 2030, Co-Impact, Echoing Green, McKinsey, Schwab Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and SystemIQ. Together with numerous colleagues from all partner organizations. Initiated by Florian Rutsch and me.

Wenn aus klein systemisch wird

Wenn aus klein systemisch wird: Das Milliardenpotenzial sozialer Innovationen
From small to systemic: The multibillion-euro potential in social innovations

March 2019. Study by Ashoka Germany and McKinsey on the economic potential of social innovations. Together with Laura Brämswig and the team at McKinsey.


Warum die Regierung gerade Sozialunternehmen helfen muss
April 2020. Op-ed asking the German government to include social ventures in their rescue packages. Together with Laura Haverkamp.

World Economic Forum Agenda blog

A new yardstick for leaders in the 21st Century
February 2020. Op-ed arguing for a new success metric for leaders in all sectors. Together with Diana Wells, Matthias Daub, and Katharina Wagner.


Stiftungen, lasst Sozialunternehmen die Welt besser machen! (Foundations, change your funding practices!)
January 2020. Op-ed asking for new funding practices to better support social entrepreneurs.
Machine translation to English available here.


Die System-Tüftler (The Systems Tinkerers)
14 March 2019. Op-ed in DIE ZEIT / ZEIT ONLINE on the economic potential of social innovations and how we should support them.

The Multibillion-Dollar Potential Of Social Innovation
October 2019. English version in Forbes, together with Laura Brämswig and Katharina Wagner.

Social Innovations Journal

Which Systems Change Should You Work On?
March 2019. Case study on how to identify the right systems change goal for you.

Interview on how to support systems entrepreneurs
Social Innovations Partners President Mike Clark interviewed me for the first edition of the Social Innovations Finance Series in SIJ.

A Plea to Foundations and Philanthropists
to aim for systems change, to focus on indirect impact, and to leave room for learning and adaptation.


Working on system changes together
August 2018. Call to action for foundations to invest in systemic initiatives. With Laura Haverkamp. German version.

Adjusted English version published in March 2019 at Social Innovations Journal: A Plea to Foundations and Philanthropists.


Systems Change—Big or Small?
February 2018. To tap the full potential of a systems change approach, we should not limit our thinking to large, transformational changes. We should also include smaller, more targeted changes.


Über Mopp und Eimer
(On Mops and Buckets)
July 2017. Ambition, attitude, and way of thinking of successful systems entrepreneurs. Only available in German.