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The global Ashoka community mourns the loss of pioneer, a social entrepreneur and Fellow Charles Julius Banda (Malawi, 2013) who passed away from complications of liver cancer and kidney illness on the afternoon of 5th August 2013 in Blantyre Malawi. Charles, the first Ashoka fellow elected from...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, August 9, 2013
Editor's Note: This post was written by David Nahmias, and originally appeared on Forbes.  On this blog, we seldom wade into the mire of politics. Social entrepreneurship is not a partisan issue. But changemaking—seeking to effect a positive change in a community—is inevitably a political act...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, August 9, 2013
Editor's Note: This post was written by Smita Satiani, Project Manager at Ashoka Changemakers, and originally appeared on Forbes.  The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), a convergence space for innovators that aims to “catalyze, connect and support new ideas that are changing the...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, August 9, 2013
Editor's Note: This post was written by John Converse Townsend, and originally appeared on Forbes.  Molly Barker is a yogi, a four-time Ironman triathlete (!), an author, and a recovering alcoholic. She’s also a social entrepreneur, an Ashoka Fellow, and the founder of Girls on the...
Editor's Note: This article was written by David Nahmias and originally appeared on Forbes.  For years, Americans varying from former President George W. Bush to actress Eva Longoria have denounced the United States immigration system as broken. “Broken” seems like an...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, August 8, 2013
Editor's Note: This post was written by Ashoka Fellows Salomón Raydán and Jean Claude Rodriguez Ferrera, and originally appeared on Forbes.  Big news: Three Ashoka Fellows have created the first do-it-yourself credit creation app. The most recent financial crisis, caused by low...
Editor's Note: This post was written by Paul Glader - a journalist, professor and entrepreneur - and originally appeared on Forbes. BONN, Germany – With the federal election season in full swing in Germany, social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Gregor Hackmack is busy...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Thu, August 8, 2013
Editor's Note: This post was written by Jan Birchfield, Ph.D., the founder of Contemplative Leadership Development (CLD), and originally appeared on Forbes. My grandmother’s name was Flora, and she was all heart. Born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee, she had a deep connection...
Last week the White House honored Ashoka Fellow Steven Clift (@democracy). Clift is the founder of E-Democracy.org, an online platform for citizen collaboration and government transparency. The White House honored 14 innovators from around the country as open government and civic hacking “...
Editor's Note: Basil Kransdorff is an Ashoka Fellow part of the Nutrients for All initiative. To get updates about e'Pap, follow the Zimbabwe Facebook page. At Benmore Gardens Johannesburg we celebrated International Mandela Day. Many joined us to feed the hungry, the...
Rippling:  How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World has won another book award – a Silver Axiom Business Book Award (honoring the best business books of the year) in the category of philanthropy. Rippling is in good company; Dan Pallotta, author of Charity Case:...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, July 15, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Ashoka Global Venture's Asia Knowledge Team liaison Avani Patel, and originally appeared on Forbes. For social entrepreneurs, achieving scale and leveraging the full capacity of their organization is a critical and challenging undertaking. “There is a...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, July 15, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Ashoka Global Venture's Europe liaison Addie Thompson, and originally appeared on Forbes.   Addie Thompson (@adelinemt) writes about what it means to redefine success in business as well as the role social entrepreneurs can play in doing so...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, July 15, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Ashoka U.S. change leader Karabi Acharya, and originally appeared on Forbes.  Tragedies like terrorist attacks, school shootings or natural disasters create indelible bonds between the people affected. Lifelong friendships, based on deep empathy and...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Addie Thompson, Europe liaison on Ashoka’s Global Venture and Fellowship team, and originally appeared on Forbes. Addie Thompson (@adelinemt) covered the 2013 Ashoka Future Forum and, here, she offers a glimpse into the news and media world...