New York social activist wins Spanish prize

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Posted: Jun 08, 2011 8:33 AM
New York social activist wins Spanish prize

New York social activist Bill Drayton has won one of Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias awards for his work promoting entrepreneurs.

The prize foundation said Wednesday it awarded Drayton the International Cooperation award, describing him as a "driving force behind the figure of social entrepreneurs, men and women who undertake innovative initiatives for the common good."

Born in 1943, Drayton is the founder of the Ashoka association that supports socially-motivated entrepreneurial projects worldwide.

The award is one of eight given annually.

Ranging from the arts and humanities to scientific research, they are presented each fall by Crown Prince Felipe in Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias region.