Ashoka's Blogs

Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, November 30, 2012
Lucy Kanu, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Idea Builders, wins award for her empowering emerging talent in sub-Saharan Africa to break free from the cycle of poverty. Since 2010, the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), founded by President Bill Clinton and Karen Tramontano, has selected leaders who...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, November 30, 2012
Editor's Note: This post is written by our Ashoka UK team. Click here for more information about Ashoka UK's programme to bring more international Fellows to the UK and click here for information about Ashoka's Empathy initiative and follow #startempathy on twitter. On 26th...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 28, 2012
Social entrepreneurship is blowing up, particularly in the United States. From 1995 to 2005, the number of non-profits registered with the IRS grew by 53 percent. What does an increase in ventures that blend profits with purpose mean for philanthropy? And how can the everyday changemaker use better...
Ashoka Globalizer is partnering with SWIFT Innotribe and a global platform of banks to identify how social innovation can connect to long-term business initiatives. Ashoka Fellows from around the world that are working on social finance innovations presented their ideas to a global...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Mon, November 19, 2012
Ashoka recently announced its inagural class of Changemakers Schools. These schools—and, more importantly, the educators within them—proving that teaching skills like empathy, leadership and teamwork are what truly prepare students for the new global economy. Here, Laura White, a member...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, November 16, 2012
The Changemakers online community voted for the digital technology solutions they thought deserved to be at the fingertips of girls and women worldwide during the past four weeks. This community, made up of tech users like you, had a chance to pick its favorite innovations from a pool of 11...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 14, 2012
What are you doing to stop climate change? After being absent from national discourse, the environment is now back on center stage, thanks to Sandy and the nor’easter that just made matters worse for those still struggling to cope with Sandy’s aftermath. One kid is working to do his part to make a...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 14, 2012
Laura Thompson, program associate at Ashoka Singapore shares her thoughts on the state of the social sector in the region. She also got an update on Ashoka Fellow Dr. Kongkiat Kespetchara (center), who recently won the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA) Award for...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Tue, November 13, 2012
The Social Venture Network (SVN) is partying in New York City's Gotham Hall tonight. It's their 25th anniversary, and SVN is kicking off its Hall of Fame Celebration. SVN's Hall of Fame Celebration will honor 25 innovative global leaders who have championed better business. They have each created...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Mon, November 12, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Robin Pendoley, co-founder and CEO of Thinking Beyond Borders, and is republished here with permission.David Bornstein in the New York Times "Fixes" column recently referred to social innovation as part of a “breakthrough—...
Since 2010, the Europ Assistance Group (EA) has made social entrepreneurship its leading commitment in the Corporate Social Responsibility field. Today, 10 Group companies are actively involved in selecting and supporting top social innovators in Europe, in partnership with Ashoka France, to...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, November 9, 2012
The winner of the “G2012 Mexico Financial Inclusion: Innovative Solutions for Unlocking Access” competition was announced at the G20 Summit in Mexico City last week. The competition, launched by G2012 Mexico and Ashoka Changemakers, sought innovative solutions that would enable underserved and...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Thu, November 8, 2012
We recognize a good idea when we see it; so do you. Ashoka's social innovators have always been sourced from the crowd, whether through our nominator networks or through the collaborative competitions on Changemakers.com (you may have even voted for a few winners). Unfortunately, we haven’t always...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 7, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Cheryl Heller, chair of the first MFA in Design for Social Innovation, Board Chair of PopTech, and founder of Heller Communication Design. This story was originally featured on NextBillion.net.If it is true, as has been said, that all change begins...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Tue, November 6, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Ashoka Community Mobilizer Isabela Carvalho and Michelle Fidelholc, a Changemakers associate in Brazil. This October, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosted the 2012 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), the biggest global event focused on developing market practices...