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Submitted by Stephen Outlaw on Fri, April 29, 2016
Editor's Note: This post was submitted by Bob Spoer - Chief Entrepreneur for People/Search/Partnerships at Ashoka.What do Robin Chase, Richard Branson, Maya Penn, Aaron Hurst, Tonya Surman and over 80 percent of Ashoka’s top social entrepreneur Fellows have in common?They started a purpose-...
"Back in Syria, I did not know I was a changemaker. Now in Zaatari of all places, I feel I am a changemaker,"  said a young Syrian who participated in Ashoka’s Youth Venture’s #MeWeSyria program. These are not mere words. These words are a measure of success that speaks to young refugees’...
Submitted by Stephen Outlaw on Wed, February 24, 2016
The global community of Ashoka deeply mourns the loss of Fellow Narong Patibatsarakich. His  remarkable and inspiring story combined with a powerful and gentle spirit drove him to change the world not only for himself but for other people with disabilities. His life is a true testament to the...
Submitted by Stephen Outlaw on Mon, November 9, 2015
Editor's Note: This post was submitted by Bernard Coffey, a long time volunteer with the Ashoka Support Network (ASN) team.In this ever more connected day and age, you are undoubtedly part of some type of network -- whether it is through your alma mater, current profession or the bounty of social...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Kristie Wang of the Ashoka Changemakers team. Hosted by C&A Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers, the challenge will award more than €100,000 in prizes to support innovative solutions More than likely, the clothes you’re wearing were made in a sweatshop...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, September 11, 2015
Editor's Note: This Op-Ed first appeared on the Thomson Reuters website and is written by Hon. Henry F. De Sio, Jr. He is the Global Chair for Framework Change at Ashoka, and the author of Campaign Inc.: How Leadership and Organization Propelled Barack Obama to the White House.  ...
Are you a doer, thinker or a change agent working to shape a future of ‘work’ that can advance the socio economic status of young Africans and their communities? Apply for this online course. Make new connections & get exposed to innovative new ideas! The six-week online professional...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, August 25, 2015
What does changemaking in higher education look like in Singapore, Mexico, and the southeast United States? Though contexts vary, common interests and experiences unite these institutions across oceans. To celebrate this excellence, these three new institutions have been selected to join the...
"The world is crying out for new ideas... Our kids ought to recognise how deep their capacities for education are.""The capacity for new thinking - or turning old ideas into new applications - has really never been more important."How should we adapt to the modern world? International advisor on...
Anshu K. Gupta, Ashoka Fellow and Founder of Goonj observed that two Indias exist side-by-side: the increasingly wealthy, urban India and the impoverished, neglected rural India. Anshu realized that the vast stocks of everyday necessities - from clothes to medicines - lying as idle surplus in the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, July 30, 2015
In conjunction with the 2015 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, the Ashoka Media Globalizer brought together several Ashoka Fellows from around the world. Throughout the forum, these Ashoka Fellows were able to connect, collaborate, and discuss their powerful solutions that...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Avery Pagán and Dan Schiff who are part of the Ashoka Support Network team. If you are curious to learn more about how business leaders can support social entrepreneurs read this article which first appeared on Forbes.com. The success of the Ashoka...
This article originally appeared on www.changemakers.com/futureforward on June 15Taddy 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...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, July 14, 2015
This article originally appeared on AshokaU on July 7 2015. It was written by Mariana Kim. Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, working with campuses to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the university culture.There is a point in an entrepreneurial venture when...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, July 9, 2015
From one day to the next, our environments are changing and our global community is struggling to keep up with the high-rate of change. More than ever, today, the world needs changemakers and social entrepreneurs who are dedicated to tackling problems with the greater good of everyone always in...