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Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, March 29, 2013
Editor’s note: This is the first post in the Ashoka U 2013 was written by Robin Pendoley, co-founder and CEO of Thinking Beyond Borders. This is the first post in the series on the Cordes Innovation Award Winners.   Higher education in the United States is facing a crisis. The...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, March 29, 2013
As more and more colleges and universities seek to launch and grow social entrepreneurship programs on campus, there is an even greater need to share expertise, challenges, and inspiration for creating positive social and environmental impact. The Ashoka U Exchange, hosted at the University of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, March 22, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Alison Craiglow Huckenberry, a contributing editor for the Huffington Post.Higher education may be notoriously resistant to change, but at this point the writing's on the whiteboard, so to speak. Change is inevitable. Some of our most ambitious...
Editors note: This article was written by Darlene Damm, part of the Strategic Partnerships Team and Changemakers Team. Why is it that so few women have changed the world on a massive scale in the same way that men have?  Where are the female HenryFords,Steve Jobs and Bill Gates?...
“As a girl, I am always being told that things happen because of fate, but it’s the things I do, not luck, that determine my fate.” says Sikha, a young girl from the slums of West Bengal featured in a documentary film “The Revolutionary Optimists”. The film tells the stories of three young...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, March 5, 2013
Ashoka, the world’s largest organization of social entrepreneurs, teamed up with Accenture as the convening sponsor to host a global competition—The League of Intrapreneurs: Building Better Business from the Inside Out. Through our search, we have found 15 social intrapreneurs within leading...
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, March 1, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Willa Kendrick, intern with the Ashoka Framework Change Team. This month The Global Journal released its second edition of Top 100 NGOs.  This comprehensive list is the only one of it’s kind and demonstrates the growing influence of NGOs in the world...
Editor's note: This article was written by Alaa Itani, an intern with Ashoka’s Diaspora team. At the end of 2012, the east coast was hit by the disaster of Hurricane Sandy. Billions of dollars barely supported recovery efforts as the federal government and charities continue to raise funds....
Editor's Note: This article was written by Jessica Pealer an intern with the Strategic Resources team. Ana Bella Estevez is an Ashoka fellow empowering victims of domestic violence in Spain and Latin America.  Having experienced domestic abuse in her own life, Ana Bella recognized the...
Editor's Note: This article first appeared on the AshokaUK website and was writen by Margherita Philipp, Communications Associate with the Ashoka UK team. It was a great pleasure to host Dr Iman Bibars, Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World, during her visit from Cairo to the UK between...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, February 5, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Jaime Gusching, Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator with the Ashoka Executive Office. Ashoka's very own Diana Wells got some recognition from her alma mater, Brown University, for exceptional service and contribution to society. Wells received the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, February 1, 2013
  Editor's Note: This article was written by Jaime Gusching, Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator with the Ashoka Executive Office.Bill Drayton’s lifetime achievements, which include founding  Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, have earned him the distinction as one of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, January 23, 2013
From the moment we are born, society has already defined us. We are pushed into thinking small throughout our entire lives—by others, our environment, and the existing systems within our society, but most powerfully of all we unconsciously limit ourselves. Ashoka works from a very different belief...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, December 21, 2012
(Top from left: Juan David Aristizábal Ospina, Ashoka Fellow; Will Bryne, Ashoka Fellow; Kerstin Forsberg, Ashoka Fellow; Eric Glustorm, Ashoka Fellow; Sejal Hathi, Youth Venture Fellow. Bottom from left: Marina Kim, AshokaU Founder; Josh Nesbit, Ashoka Fellow; Andrew...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Tue, December 18, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Aphrodite Bouikidis and Olivia Richman, an Ashoka associate. Today is International Migrants Day, a day proclaimed by the United Nations in 2000 as a day to share information and further action to protect the rights of migrant workers. Migrant labor is...