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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

2019 Winterim


Daniela Papi-Thornton is an educator whose work focuses on systems-led social interventions. Daniela was a Lecturer at Yale School of Management this fall where she taught a course on systems-led leadership. Previously she was a Lecturer at Watson Institute and was the Deputy Director at Oxford Saïd Business School’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and she continues to consult for both institutions. At Oxford she launched educational programming designed to help incorporate systems thinking into social entrepreneurship education, including Map the System, a contest now running at 42 global universities. Her report and subsequent article, Tackling Heropreneurship, have been widely referenced. From that research she designed a tool called the Impact Gaps Canvas, used at universities around the world. Daniela’s work in education design builds upon six years of emerging market entrepreneurial experience in Cambodia, running a hybrid social enterprise. She co-authored a book, Learning Service, focused on shifting mindsets and practices related to volunteer travel. Her 2018 Ashoka U Big Idea Talk and her TEDx talk on Reclaiming Social Entrepreneurship highlights some of her more recent thinking.