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Ashoka is saddened to report that Fellow Abdul Waheed was killed on May 13, 2013. Abdul was creating opportunities for a modern education in the poor, urban localities in Pakistan, particularly by working with children studying in madrasahs. On May 13th, Abdul was shot dead and then a hand...
At the 2013 Ashoka U Exchange, Bill Drayton, in his keynote speech at the exchange, shares his vision for the future of higher education. About the Exchange he said; "This is not a few people talking and everyone else listening. This is an everyone a changemaker meeting where everyone is here to...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, May 14, 2013
Have you ever wondered what Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses are all about? They are incubation hubs for Changemakers in their respective communities. We invite you to join Portland State University's Impact Entrepreneurs in their "Elevating Impact Summit" on June 21st. Hear about inspiring...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, April 26, 2013
Editor's note:  This post was written by Leah Binkovitiz for the Smithsonian. In the spirit of Mark Twain who famously said he never let his schooling interfere with his education, Bill Drayton grew up enthusiastic at school, but not so much about school. He enjoyed a few subjects, but he...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, April 19, 2013
Editor's note: This is a part of a series of articles that are updates from Ashoka at the Skoll World Forum. This post was written by Ashoka UK Director Mark Cheng. The 10th annual Skoll World Forum, which brought together several hundred of the world’s leading social...
Editor's note: This post was written by Ashoka Associate Neerali Patel and was originally posted on Forbes.True, sustained success does not happen overnight. Nor does it happen on the basis of raw talent or one great idea. It is achieved through the commitment and culmination of endless hours of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, April 17, 2013
Editor's Note: This article is written by Joe Furino who is Senior Manager for Campus Recruiting at Philips North America and Gretchen Zucker who is the Executive Director of Ashoka Youth Venture. The number of new businesses setting up shop in our state is up four percent from last year. So...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, April 15, 2013
Editor's note: This is a part of a series of articles that are updates from Ashoka at the Skoll World Forum.  This post was originally found on Forbes and was written by Felicity McLean, the communications manager at Ashoka UK.  We have seen capacity for innovation shift from the 1700s,...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, April 15, 2013
Editor's note: This is an update that is a part of a series from Ashoka at the Skoll World Forum and was originally found on Pioneers Post. On the Thursday morning at the Skoll World Forum, Tim West, editor of Pioneers Post, met Bill Drayton – the original social entrepreneur and instigator of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, April 12, 2013
Editor's note: This is an update that is a part of a series from Ashoka at the Skoll World Forum.  This post was originally found on Forbes and was written by Felicity McLean, the communications manager at Ashoka UK.  In our world of both exponential growth and accelerating innovation,...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, April 11, 2013
  Values Aligned - Peace Corps and Ashoka Ashoka works to create an Everyone a Changemaker world - a world where every individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to create solutions to social challenges they see in their community. Ashoka knows that Peace Corps Volunteers all...
Editor's Note: This is a part of a series of articles that are updates from Ashoka at the Skoll World Forum. In recent years, it has become apparent that the rate of change is at an all-time high as change begets change in a world that is interconnected like never before. In today’s...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, April 5, 2013
The Board of Directors, Fellows and Staff of Ashoka deeply mourn the passing of our friend and colleague Gloria De Souza, founder of Parisar Asha Environmental Education Centre, which introduced modern experiential education that challenged students to think and to solve problems together instead...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, April 2, 2013
Editor's note: This is the eighth post in a new series highlighting some of the most high-impact and replicable innovations in social entrepreneurship education through the lens of the 2013 Ashoka U – Cordes Innovation Awards winners. This post was written by Carolyn Meyer, director of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, April 2, 2013
Editor's note: This is the seventh post in a series highlighting some of the most high-impact and replicable innovations in social entrepreneurship education through the lens of the 2013 Ashoka U – Cordes Innovation Awards winners. This entry was written by Holly Vins and Kaitlyn...