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Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, January 31, 2014
Editor's Note: This post was written by Rukmini Banerjee an Associate with the Ashoka Empathy Initiative based on a brown bag conversation with Jim Thompson at Ashoka Headquarters in DC. Thirteen years of fieldwork in social entrepreneurship have culminated in The Social Entrepreneur’s...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, January 28, 2014
Editor's Note: This post was written by by Sarra Latif, Fall 2013 Associate with the Ashoka Venture and Fellowship Team. Do not forget to sign up to recieve updates from Ashoka Pakistan. Catch up with the latest here. According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, only 14.3% of women in the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, January 27, 2014
Editor's note: This post was written by Felix Oldenburg (@foldenburg) Ashoka Director Europe and Germany. Every once in a long while, a policy process delivers quick and ambitious results. For a short while.   The recent EU policies around social entrepreneurship may not have made many...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, January 24, 2014
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Forbes and was written by Laura White (@Laura_White), who manages Ashoka’s Changemaker Schools Network, a group of schools that have given empathy as much priority as math and literacy. Laura is passionate about changemaker education, empathy...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, January 23, 2014
Editor's Note: By sharing this story we hope to share the ways in which the connections created between a community of changemakers is helping find solutions; across a Changemakers.com competition "Close the Loop", the Ashoka fellowship process (Kopernik co-founder has recently been announced...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, January 9, 2014
As 2014 rolls into a start, it's time to get some sources of inspiration lined up! How to Change the World given by Wesleyan University has its origins in the Social Good Summit held at the 92nd Street Y in New York. The summit brought together some of the world's most creative...
Forbes has published their second annual list of 30 under 30 social entreperenuers. Ashoka is well represented with Ashoka Fellows and Youth Venturers included in the list. Congratulations to the young people recognized for their hard work changing the world. Educate! - Founder and Fellow, Eric...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, December 23, 2013
The Board of Directors, Fellows and staff of Ashoka deeply mourn the loss of Greg Dees, founding faculty Director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Education (CASE) at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.   Professor Dees was internationally recognized...
  Changing society for the better suddenly seemed like an achievable dream in Karaköy, a trendy neighborhood on the Bosporus shore across the historic peninsula of Istanbul, which was buzzing with excitement as 25 leading young social entrepreneurs from 16 countries in Europe, Turkey and...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Charlotte Hastings, a member of the Health for All team at Ashoka. The annual mHealth summit in Washington, DC took place in December, Ashoka’s Health for All team brought contributions to the table. The annual mHealth summit ran from December 8-11, 2013...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, December 3, 2013
We urgently need a new generation equipped with the skills to lead in a world defined by change. A world of rapid change is a complex landscape to navigate. In the past, we had hierarchies in our societies and institutions that—for better or worse—kept the world organized. Today, knowledge is no...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, December 3, 2013
Editor's Note: Thie post was written by Kathleen Jenkins, Content Editor and Producer with AshokaUS and originally appeared on Forbes. When I read Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s recent article on McKinsey on Society, my first thought was that the tycoon is actually far more articulate...
    "We all know that we are at a transition moment. We all sense that. Basically, we are moving from a world that was defined by seeking efficiency and repitition. Now, we are in a world that is not only different but it is the exact opposite game: it is defined by change...We are living...
This year Ashoka Turkey elected 92 year old Hayrettin Karaca as a senior fellow for his work leading the Turkish environmental movement. Here is a glimpse at some of the wisdom Hayrettin shares in the video: About trees and the environment: 'I gave away 220,000 trees all over Turkey...to villages...
“At various pivotal moments in history, a small group of people see where the world is heading. They help everyone else to see it, urging them to develop a new framework of perceiving, thinking and leading new actions that can have a huge impact on the world.”  We are at such an historical...