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Laxmi Parthasarathy is Global Media Manager, Framework Change team for Ashoka, based in Washington D.C.  Across the world today, citizens are active participants both as members of the audience, news makers and reporters. People are contributing to the story of change as technology lowers...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 25, 2015
Ashoka is honored to announce that Ashoka Fellow (elected in 2006), Felipe Vergara, will be joining our board of directors in the coming year. Felipe Vergara is a pioneering social entrepreneur. He has launched four organizations in the education and finance industries, won several...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 25, 2015
"Young people cannot know they are Changemakers unless they have done something that proves it to themselves.” said Bill Drayton in his conversation with the Carnegie foundation on June 10.The vision for an “Everyone a Changemaker” world is very clear:  The demand for industrial...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 18, 2015
Editor's Note: This post was written by Henry F. De Sio (@henrydesio), Leadership Group Member at Ashoka, where he advocates a new framework for next generation youth innovators.  Previously, Henry served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama.What do you do when the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 18, 2015
Editor's Note: This post was written by Henry F. De Sio (@henrydesio), Leadership Group Member at Ashoka, where he advocates a new framework for next generation youth innovators.  Previously, Henry served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama.It's game time.Alone in...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 18, 2015
Editor's Note: This post was written by Henry F. De Sio (@henrydesio), Leadership Group Member at Ashoka, where he advocates a new framework for next generation youth innovators.  Previously, Henry served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama.It’s time for a reality...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, June 16, 2015
Taddy Blecher, an Ashoka fellow, founded the Maharishi Institute to try and revive a lost generation. Every day in South Africa, 4 million youths wake up with nothing to do and it pushes them on to the streets and into crime. Taddy dreamed of a way to unlocking the genius within these young people...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 11, 2015
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Forbes.com.Dr. Julie H. Sullivan is Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of San Diego, an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, and President-Elect at University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul Innovators in education,...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 11, 2015
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Virgin.com as a collaborative article by the Ashoka team. The report contextualises and explores the mission and impact of Ashoka   In 1950 Detroit was an engineering hub: home of Ford Motorcars and the heart of the American auto industry. In...
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Forbes.com and was written by Felix Oldenburg, Diector of Ashoka Germany. In the article he discusses the complexities of money and value flow into Social Enterprises in comparison to other businesses.    After decades of frustrating...
Submitted by Adam Lent on Mon, June 8, 2015
Editor's Note: This article was written by Adam Lent, European Director of Research and Innovation at Ashoka. You can follow Adam on twitter and read his other blog posts on this website. His book ‘Small is Powerful: Why the era of big government, big business and big...
For several years, we have been caught in a state of rapid transition; in our work, our social environment and our personal lives. Yet, there has been little or no conversation about the roles we play in ensuring that we shape a future that has a place for everyone. On May 13-...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, May 25, 2015
Editor's Note: This video is created by RSA Animate. Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. Taken from a lecture given by Jeremy Rifkin as...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, May 22, 2015
Editor's Note: This article was first published on Ashoka's column on Forbes.com. It was written by Eana Chung who works with Ashoka’s Global Fellowship team and coordinated the 2015 Ashoka Silicon Valley Tech Innovation Exchange, sponsored by the Intel Foundation. While...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, May 22, 2015
Editor's Note: Adam Lent is European Director of Research and Innovation at Ashoka. His book ‘Small is Powerful: why the era of big business, big government and big culture’ is over is published next year and can be pre-ordered here.  The respected economist John Kay dedicated one of his...