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Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, March 26, 2015
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Felix Oldenburg (@foldenburg), Director of Ashoka Europe and Germany after the Changemaker Alliance event held in Berlin to welcome 5 new Fellows.Earlier this month 500 changemakers came together next to the Brandenburg Gate to listen to Kailash Satyarthi...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, March 13, 2015
Editor's Note: This article was written by Brittany Koteles of AshokaUS and Sachin Malhan of Ashoka Changemakers who will take part in two SXSW sessions To Hell With Good Intentions, Part I and Part II. on March 17. Geoff Zimmerman of StriveTogether will be apart of the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, March 11, 2015
The Istanbul Social Innovation Summit hosted by Ashoka Turkey and BMW Foundation provided social entrepreneurs, impact investors, leaders from civil society organization and corporate executives from both Turkey and abroad with a great opportunity to share their stories, exchange and ideas and...
  Editor's Note: This article was written in a collaboration between Meera Vijayann of the Ashoka India team and Tsega Belachew of the Global and Ashoka Africa Teams. Anti-corruption activist and Ashoka Fellow Arvind Kejriwal has been elected to serve as Chief Minister of Delhi. We...
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...
  The global community of Ashoka mourns the loss of fellow Alvaro Ugalde who along with Mario Bazo is seen as the father of Costa Rica’s National Park System.    Initially, Alvaro and Mario  faced a challenge in convincing Costa Ricans that national parks were of great value to...
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...