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Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, April 21, 2014
Editor's Note: This article was written by Elizabeth Ferruelo who contributes to Ashoka's blog on Forbes.com. International volunteering evokes images of the Peace Corps. That more than 1,000 Peace Corps volunteers have written books about their experience leaves no doubt that...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, April 2, 2014
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation. Read and watch the rest of the stories.One development problem in India...
Editor's Note: This post was written by Mark Cheng, Director of Ashoka UK and Ashoka’s senior advisor on social finance and first appeared on Ashoka's Forbes.com blog "Change in the Making". How do you profitably sell to a customer who earns less than $2 per day? It is probably the most...
Editor's Note: Gonzalo Muñoz, Ashoka fellow, son of Ximena Abogabir also an Ashoka fellow shared the following as a speech to an audience of media, business, public and citizen leaders.  “The privileges you enjoy also carry a great responsibility toward those less fortunate.”  As a child...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, March 11, 2014
David Bornstein and Bill Drayton speak about the future of social entrepreneurship at the New York offices of Liquidnet on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Sponsored by Liquidnet For Good, the Centre for Social Innovation, and Keystone Catalysts. Join the conversation on Twitter: #FutureSocEnt The...
From 2001 to 2011 the number of nonprofits in the US increased 25 percent whereas the number of for profit businesses grew only one half of one percent.  During this period our sector also way outpaced business in percentage growth of jobs, wages, and contributions to the GDP.  (Source...
March 8th is international women's day and we commemorate the day by sharing some of the stories great women changmakers we celebrated throughout the year. We are proud that more than 40% of our Ashoka Fellows who are reinventing market systems, changing national policy and changing our world are...
Diana Wells, Ashoka President recently sat down for an interview at the Department of State to share why she believes change is possible. "What we find to be the biggest barrier in changemaking is that people don't give themselves permission to make change. 50% of the world believe that change is...
"Today’s environment is full of challenges, innovation is more critical than ever, and education and universities should be ground zero. When I talk to students who want to change the world, I talk about the need to gain a deep understanding of what is with the ability to imagine what could be...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, February 28, 2014
When a lunar eclipse obscured Indonesia in darkness, a teenaged Tri Mumpuni saw things clearly: she saw a world in which nature impacted all living things, and where communities, societies, and the natural world were deeply interconnected. Propelled by her lifelong love of nature and her desire to...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, February 24, 2014
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation Pradip Sarmah was riding in a rickshaw one day in India when he had a...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, February 14, 2014
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation These leaders, whom we call Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows, have accomplished tasks such as...
Today, Arianna Huffington released a book "Thrive" that poses the questions 'What is success?' and 'What other metrics are we missing as society focuses on acquiring money and power?'. She shares her own personal story, mentioning an eye-opening incident in 2011 when she found herself needing...
Editor's note: This post was written by Brittany Koteles and Lennon Flowers with the Ashoka USA Team. Congratulations to the 5 new US Fellows! Tomás Alvarez, Mike Marriner, Emily May, Andrew Mangino, and Jeff Parker: five individuals who, at first glance, don’t have much in common. Jeff uses his...
Editor's Note: This post was written by David Nahmias with the Global Venture and Fellowship team. Despite meteoric economic growth in the past several decades, Latin America still faces severe challenges of violence, organized crime and human rights violations.  With some of the highest...