Felix Oldenburg is one of the pioneers for social entrepreneurship, social innovation and bottom up ideas in Europe. Ranked for the third time in Germany’s „40 under 40“ list, he is a BMW Responsible Leader, member of the Baden-Baden CEO Conference, and recipient of the German PR Award 2007. He started an internet company before he graduated in Philosophy (Bonn, Tübingen, Oxford) and Policy Management (Georgetown). He worked with McKinsey&Company in London, and later led a series of large scale citizen participation projects across Europe, before joining Ashoka as Germany director in 2009.
In his TEDx talk, Felix argues that power is shifting from the top down to the bottom up. Never before there have been more people with more time, better education, health, mobility and connectivity. Social entrepreneurs are at the cusp of this transformation. And silently, they have pioneered some of the largest market changes of the last decade. From Wikipedia to Couchsurfing, mobile banking to peer to peer credit, Slow Food to Fair Trade and open education, the rules of the game seem to be changing from attracting capital to attracting changemakers – and rapidly. Soon, the competitiveness of any organisation may be measured by the number and density of people launching ideas for the good of all.