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Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Wed, March 31, 2010
Thorkil Sonne Ashoka Fellow and founder of Specialist People Foundation Thorkil Sonne will be speaking on ABC News on April 1st at 6.30pm US EST. The discussion willl focus on the concept of employing people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at market terms. The clip will also be available for...
Former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson gave the keynote address at the Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Forum in Ireland yesterday:   Mary Robinson's Keynote Address to the Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Forum, March 30 2010 from...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Fri, March 26, 2010
The Secret to Grassroots FundraisingMike Del Ponte of Sparkseed shares his experiences with successful grassroots fundraising and how to leverage efforts to reap larger benefits.What's Wrong with Being Poor?Join Lindsay Clinton from Intellecap in Mumbai, to discuss what it means to be poor --...
This afternoon the Changemaker Campus team at the University of Maryland is hosting The Social Enterprise Symposium: Transforming Business for the Global Good. This is an interactive evening event designed to introduce new approaches for making impactful, lasting social change around the world...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Thu, March 25, 2010
Ashoka’s President, Diana Wells, has just been announced as a Featured Speaker at this year’s Skoll World Forum (being held April 14-16).  You can check out the Featured Speakers here.  Every year, the Skoll World Forum brings together social, academic, corporate, and policy leaders in...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Wed, March 24, 2010
Obama honors an Ashoka Fellow: Please join us in congratulating US Fellow JB Schramm and College Summit for being chosen by US President Barack Obama to recieve $125,000 of his $1.4 milion Nobel Prize.  College Summit is a national non-profit organization that partners with high schools to...
This will be the first of monthly book reviews from Ashoka staff, covering books which we have found relevant to our work. This first review is by Fransje de Waard who works with Ashoka in the Netherlands and is on Up and Out of Poverty - The Social Marketing Solution” by Philip Kotler and Nancy R...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Fri, March 19, 2010
Young Entrepreneurs of Canada: Inaugural Youth Social Entrepreneurship Conference re:VisionOn March 27-28, 2010, YSEC is bringing together the top 100 young changemakers in Ontario to re:Vision change. Do you fit the follow criteria? Theory of Change: A Collaborative Tool? "The Theory of Change is...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Fri, March 19, 2010
Mexican social entrepreneurs Carlos Cruz was admittedly suspicious of big business when a group from Danone SA sought his help training low-income women to sell yogurt on the street. For six months, their teams met in neutral locations, hashing out how Cruz might adapt a life- and job-skills...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Thu, March 18, 2010
Ashoka Fellow Roshaneh Zafar and Kashf Foundation's work will be featured on Amanpour on CNN International today! (Thursday, March 18th, 2010). Kashf's mission is to alleviate poverty by providing quality and cost effective microfinance services to low income households, especially women, in...
Submitted by Claire Bangser on Thu, March 18, 2010
This story was written by Andrea Boston and originally posted on Changemakers.com. Amanda Phillips was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she suffered a miscarriage while living and working in a small village in India. On a rainy night, Phillips had to be carried on a stretcher to the...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Tue, March 16, 2010
  What cause to you care about? Is it the Environment? Education? Global Poverty? Young people just like you are making a difference on these issues and you can help them create the change you want to see! The @15 Community Impact Challenge, a partnership between Ashoka's Youth Venture and...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Mon, March 15, 2010
Tia Johnston Brown, Director for Ashoka's Youth Venture initiative, on ‘creating an “everyone a changemaker” world’:  
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Mon, March 15, 2010
South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) is currently happening in Austin, overwhelming the Twitter accounts of many of us left behind with the #sxsw hashtag. SXSWi is a huge collection of panels, workshops and venders promoting the latest in social technologies. For many people though the most...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Fri, March 12, 2010
Good Capitalist Party at SXSWi reaches 1500 registrations Ashoka’s Changemakers, along with Acumen Fund and the Social Capital Markets Conference is a sponsor of what looks to be one of the biggest parties at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Conference. If you’re in Austin don’t miss it!...