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Editor's Note: This article was written by the co-authors Olivier Kayser and Valeria Budinich, who wrote “Scaling up Business Solutions to Social Problems”, Palgrave MacMillan, February 2015. The article first appered on Business Fights Poverty. I don’t know about you but I struggle to think of a...
Previously a Mechanical Engineer, Ashoka Fellow Arvind Kejriwal was elected as a Fellow due to his work which used a 2001 law called the Right to Information Act (RTIA) to bring political power back to the people of India. The law began in Delhi, and has since spread to more than eight other...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, February 19, 2015
Editor's Note: This article was written by Michael Zakaras who is part of the AshokaUS Venture and Fellowship team. Maybe Ashoka is onto something after all! It wasn’t more than 15 minutes into this week’s Global Innovation Summit + Week that empathy came up in the context of creating...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, February 19, 2015
Editor's Note: This article was written by Fernande Raine, Managing Director, Ashoka and first appeared newcitiesfoundation.org. When you look at the work of the young and dynamic social entrepreneur Sascha Haselmayer, founder of Citymart, you can observe many different things. Most...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, February 16, 2015
Editor's Note: The introduction for this article was written by Linda Peia from the Ashoka Latin America and Carribean team and part of the story first appeared on the Global Teacher Prize 2015 announcement.  Teachers have an uprecedented role in shaping the future generation. This year the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, February 9, 2015
Editor's Note: This article was written by Ashoka's Darlene Damm. People often ask me why I started working with Ashoka and why I have I stayed with Ashoka for the last eight years.  I tell the story of how during my late teens and twenties I worked in Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and other...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, January 27, 2015
Editor's Note: This article is written by Roman Krznaric and first appeared on our Start Empathy blog. Roman is a founding faculty member of The School of Life. His latest book is Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution. His previous books include The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, January 20, 2015
Editor's Note: This article was written by Darlene Damm and first appeared on singularityhub.com. From Elon Musk’s tweet that artificial intelligence may be more dangerous than nuclear weapons to the growing clamor of voices warning robots will take away our jobs, it is clear we are focusing more...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, January 15, 2015
Editor's Note: Tiwale, KadAfrica, Twim Academy, GiftedMom, and AEPT were named winners in The MasterCard Foundation and Ashoka’s “Future Forward: Innovations for Youth Employment in Africa” challenge. These young social entrepreneurs will take part in the Ashoka Changemakers Day on...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, December 3, 2014
The global community of Ashoka deeply mourns the loss of fellow Ibrahim Sobham. His visionary concept of “putting young people in charge” became a model in later years for the Youth Venture idea and Ashoka’s current work transforming the youth years. Ibrahim, the first Ashoka fellow elected from...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, December 1, 2014
With the events in Ferguson, MO dominating the news and the national conversation, it's easy to feel powerless, and cynical. But let's remember that in communities like Ferguson -- and similar ones all across the U.S. -- there are changemakers for the good championing creative ideas to bring the U...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, November 24, 2014
Jose Salcedo was one of the winners of Youth Venture and MTV Tr3s Agents of Change Campaign back in 2010. The campaign spotlighted the issues that affect the Hispanic community in the US including immigration, education, financial access, cultural integration, among others. Jose Salcedo represented...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Thu, November 6, 2014
Today is the day. After seven months, 632 entries from 63 countries, and the selection of 305 Pacesetters and 30 Pioneers, we are proud to announce the 10 Champions in the Re-imagine Learning Challenge. These 10 Champions were introduced on stage at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE...
"A Path Appears," by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn  is about making a difference here and abroad. According to its publisher it is  a  sweeping tapestry of people who are using research, evidence-based strategies, and brilliant ideas to make the world a better place and a...
Ashoka is honored to announce the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday, October 10, 2014 to Ashoka fellow Kailash Satyarthi from India and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai a passionate advocate for education.The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two "for their struggle against the suppression of young...