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Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Mon, October 1, 2012
Our guest blogger Derek Ellerman looks back on his time at Brown University in honor of Brown’s designation as Changemaker Campus today. Derek is the co-founder of Polaris Project and an Ashoka Fellow. He's currently launching a new start-up, SHIFT, to support the...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, September 28, 2012
This post was written by Njideka Harry, Ashoka Fellow and CEO & Founder of the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an innovative non-profit company focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of rural youth and women living in developing countries. Prior to founding YTF,...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, September 25, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was writen by Andrea Boston, a writer with Ashoka Changemakers. Picture this: More than 600 social entrepreneurs, university professionals, and students have come together for a weekend in sunny California. In one room, an Ashoka Fellow presents an interactive...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, September 19, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was written by Michele Leaman Director of AshokaU's Changemaker Campus Along with Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and author of ‘Half the Sky’, Ashoka U and the entire college community celebrated Rollins College’s designation as Changemaker Campus through...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, September 14, 2012
The Grameen Foundation’s Mobile Microfranchising initiative was selected as one of the winners of the Ashoka Changemakers Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works competition, a partnership with eBay Foundation. As a result, eBay Foundation is now exploring how to continue...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Thu, September 13, 2012
Peace will be the flavor of the next week. The United Nation's International Day of Peace is next Friday, September 21, but things will get a little sweeter thanks to Ben & Jerry's, one of our partners (and a community favorite). They partnered with the Peace Alliance to hold a free ice cream...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, September 12, 2012
Editor’s Note: This article is written by Laura Pingree, an intern with AshokaU.This is the fifth post in a series where we share the conversations between higher education leaders that came together during Everyone a Changemaker Week. They discussed the role of...
Editor’s Note: This article is written by David Nahmias, Americas Liaison for Ashoka Global Venture and Fellowship When I used to work in Ashoka’s Mexico office as the Venture Coordinator, organizing the search and selection for new Ashoka Fellows in Mexico and Central America, I was struck...
Ashoka Fellow Ben Powell is founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships. Ben’s work has long been connected to promoting entrepreneurship as a tool for development: during this week he will be sharing his experience and knowledge about how to unleash the Power of Small My interest in entrepreneurship as...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Thu, August 30, 2012
Editor’s Note: This article is written by Luis Aguilera an intern with AshokaU. This is the fourth post in a series where we share the conversations between higher education leaders that came together during Everyone a Changemaker Week. They discussed the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, August 29, 2012
Ashoka Changemakers has a growing pool of capital in search of great ideas and proven impact. It’s a marketplace that connects funding with entrepreneurial passion to grow innovative solutions. Changemakers has channeled $600 million directly to the most promising projects submitted by social...
Matt Flannery, founder and CEO of Kiva and Ashoka Fellow, talks to Ashoka about how Kiva is promoting financial inclusion. Kiva connects people through lending to alleviate poverty by leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions. Matt also took part in...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, August 23, 2012
Editor’s Note: This article is written by Jamie Salazar an intern with AshokaU This is the third post in a series where we share the conversations between higher education leaders that came together during Everyone a Changemaker Week. They discussed...
Long-time advocate for the health of young girls and women Catalina Escobar was recently recognized as a CNN Hero. Escobar works as a "community crusader" in Cartagena, one of Colombia's largest cities where one-third of residents live at or below the poverty line, and, to complicate matters even...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, August 21, 2012
Editor’s Note: This article is written by Leah Breen an intern with AshokaU This is the second post in a series where we share the conversations between higher education leaders that came together during Everyone a Changemaker Week. They discussed the role of social innovation as a...