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Editor's Note: Below is a Q&A with Timothy J. McClimon is president of the American Express Foundation and vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express. Read more about the Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovators Bootcamp on the 2014...
Irwin Zahn founded General Staple Company in 1954 in the garment district of New York City. This initial concept grew into a global electronic interconnect company, later named Autosplice, Inc. and moved to San Diego, California. In 2011, after 57 years, Irwin sold the business and started a new...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, August 25, 2014
Editor’s Note: Names of children in this article have been changed for children’s privacy. ...and a new tool that will help you build and practice it! Gloria Perez smiled as she closed down the snack-stand after a busy day. The market survey she conducted turned out to be a good idea—she was...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, August 15, 2014
We have to change the way the next generation of children learn, think and interact with people and the environment (both built and natural). “This world requires a new paradigm for growing up and therefore also for education,” Bill Drayton wrote last year in Stanford Social Innovation Review. “...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Daniel Schiff who works with the Ashoka Support Network Team at Ashoka. It would be impossible to solve the world’s most difficult problems without collaboration and co-creation among business leaders, social entrepreneurs and public servants. This is...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, June 30, 2014
People take time out and recruit themselves to accomplish extraordinary things. Around the world, 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs ("Ashoka Fellows") have taken this leap into the unknown, driven by a new idea that they know can solve a social problem at scale.  Now, writers, journalists,...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, June 19, 2014
 “Wellness” a multifaceted and multi-billion dollar industry in many countries across the west. This “industry” is only starting to emerge in various countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV gain much of the attention, but the leading killers in Africa...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, June 18, 2014
Nafisika Trust aims to help young people in Kenyan prisons to become ambassadors of change, not of crime.Vickie Wambura Wamonje founded Nafisika Trust after discovering that Kenyan prisoners were often young repeat offenders who continued to commit crimes following their release from...
Editor's Note: On June 2, 2014, The Washington Post newspaper front page story highlighted an Ashoka Changemaker School and an Ashoka Fellow organization whose work showcase Ashoka's key strategy to transform the growing up experience of youth to one where changemaking is at the core. Maury...
Editor's Note: This article was written by David Strelneck who has advised and helped lead initiatives with Ashoka Fellows in rural and environmental innovations worldwide over the past 10 years. Follow his learning about soils and emerging Nutrient Value Chains...
Editor's Note: This post was written by Henry F. De Sio (@henrydesio), Leadership Group Member at Ashoka, where he advocates a new framework for next generation youth innovators.  Previously, Henry served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama. Re-imagining youth...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, May 8, 2014
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Rukmini Banerjee of Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative. On April 28th, Ashoka, in collaboration with the World Faiths Development Dialogue, the Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs, the SIPS Fund, the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, April 21, 2014
Editor's Note: This article was written by Elizabeth Ferruelo who contributes to Ashoka's blog on Forbes.com. International volunteering evokes images of the Peace Corps. That more than 1,000 Peace Corps volunteers have written books about their experience leaves no doubt that...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, April 2, 2014
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation. Read and watch the rest of the stories.One development problem in India...
Editor's Note: This post was written by Mark Cheng, Director of Ashoka UK and Ashoka’s senior advisor on social finance and first appeared on Ashoka's Forbes.com blog "Change in the Making". How do you profitably sell to a customer who earns less than $2 per day? It is probably the most...