Velvet Revolution Inspired Hopes in Turkey: Itir Erhart
The Armenian velvet revolution inspired hope to us, we also having been under the same ruling authority for many years: Itir Erhart, well known Turkish entrepreneur, Ashoka fellow and Ashoka Turkey Council member said at June 21-ին Media Center press conference.

“The velvet revolution showed that changes are possible . The moods in the Turkish press was  - they did it, we also can do it. There was a lot of enthusiasm”, said Itir Erhart.

Itır is also the co-founder of two social enterprises, Adim Adim (Step by Step), and Açık Açık (Openly). In 2009 she was featured on CNN Turk’s “Turkey’s Changemakers”. In 2014 she became an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka was founded in India in 1980 to support leading social entrepreneurs in the world.

Dr. Itır Erhart studied philosophy and Western Languages & Literatures at Boğaziçi University. She completed her M.Phil in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. In 2001 she started teaching at Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Media and Communication Systems. In 2006 she earned her PhD from Boğaziçi University in philosophy. In 2015 she became an associate professor.

She noted that social entrepreneurship is becoming more and more popular in Turkey especially among the youth.

“Ashoka Turkey creates such tools that are going to ease the life and activity of social entrepreneurs. We also aim at setting up such eco environment that will encourage collaboration between entrepreneurs”, Itir says. 

According to her social entrepreneurship despite being a new dimension develops rapidly.

“Social entrepreneurs in Turkey are under the law just as regular entrepreneurs. They don’t enjoy any tax grace. It would be good if that changed”, notes Itir. 

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Lilit Arakelyan, Media Center project editor/coordinator.

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