Ashoka's Blogs

Submitted by Claire Bangser on Thu, April 29, 2010
It doesn’t make sense, but it’s true: a bus ride that costs mere cents could be the life or death determinant of a woman’s survival during pregnancy.Around the world transportation is a common barrier to women being able to access timely and quality healthcare services. Transport services,...
Ashoka CEO Bill Drayton in Asahi Newspaper, JapanAshoka CEO Bill Drayton recently visited Japan as part of the development of Ashoka Japan. Initially Youth Venture will be launched in Japan, followed by other Ashoka programs as it makes sense to do so. You can read Ashoka advisor Nana Watanabe's...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Tue, April 27, 2010
The Director of Ashoka Arab World, Dr. Iman Bibars, is currently participating in the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington DC. She has just published an article on The Huffington Post outlining the messages she is taking to the Summit. These key...
Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Best Buy announced the 10 winners of the second @15 Community Impact Challenge today. Five teams of young social entrepreneurs will receive $5,000 each and five teams will be selected to receive $1,500 each from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation to expand their ventures...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Fri, April 23, 2010
Announcing the Inaugural G(irls) 20 SummitOn June 20, 2010, national and international organizations including Nike Foundation, Care Canada, ONE, Right To Play and many others will come together to focus on child and maternal health, education and economic prosperity of girls and women during the...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Thu, April 22, 2010
Yes, we are hiring - If you've been on our website lately, making your way carefully to the 'Careers' section, buried deeply within the 'Get Involved' page, then you know that we are 'always hiring' collegial entrepreneurs. Those who have been jaded by job-seeking occasionally interpret this to...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Tue, April 20, 2010
The Ashoka Advantage is a monthly newsletter filled with opportunities, news, conference information and resources to help social entrepreneurs. Originally developed for the Ashoka Fellows it is now available for anyone to sign up for here. Here's the April edition:   The Ashoka Advantage -...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Tue, April 20, 2010
Image from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We hear of the volcano first on Thursday at the Skoll World Forum. A dozen Ashoka Fellows going to the Globalizer panels in Vienna combined their trip with Oxford. All preparations are made. Another dozen Fellows are getting ready to go to Vienna during...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Mon, April 19, 2010
On April 20 PBS will air "Dirt! The Movie", which explores the ways in which human activity has endangered the quality of our soil, leading to numerous environmental issues. It askes "how can humans reconnect to dirt, the living skin of the planet?" One of their interview subjects is Ashoka Fellow...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Fri, April 16, 2010
Bill Drayton on the power of collaborative entrepreneurship in McKinsey's "What Matters?"Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton has contributed an essay to McKinsey&Company's new What Matters publication and website. In it he describes the qualities and instincts of social entrepreneurs, sharing...
UPDATE:We just received the following email from Jon McPhedran Waitzer, the Director of Globalizer:Dear colleagues,As many of you have heard by now, the volcanic ash cloud over Europe will make travelling to Vienna impossible for almost everyone involved in the Globalizer Panels. Airports in the...
Submitted by Claire Bangser on Thu, April 15, 2010
The maternal health community has been buzzing this week about a report on maternal health released by the Lancet and featured in the New York Times. The report uses new and improved maternal health data to evidence significant declines in maternal mortality worldwide between 1980 and 2008. Why is...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Wed, April 14, 2010
I got this email from my colleague Keith Hammonds of Ashoka's News & Knowledge Program and, with his permission, wanted to post it. It's a wonderful little example of how social media is facilitaing new connections and opportunities for people to get involved with Ashoka: "I wanted to share a...
Submitted by Tom Dawkins on Tue, April 13, 2010
On February 19 the AshokaU team hosted TEDxAshokaU, an independently-organized TED event focused on education. The videos are now up on the TEDx YouTube channel and I gave myself the difficult task of choosing three to feature, as they were all moving and insightful and brilliant in their own way....
Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton has contributed an essay to McKinsey&Company's new What Matters publication and website. In it he describes the qualities and instincts of social entrepreneurs, sharing lessons learnt from 30 years of seeking out the world's most high-impact changemakers. He...