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"Today’s environment is full of challenges, innovation is more critical than ever, and education and universities should be ground zero. When I talk to students who want to change the world, I talk about the need to gain a deep understanding of what is with the ability to imagine what could be...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, February 28, 2014
When a lunar eclipse obscured Indonesia in darkness, a teenaged Tri Mumpuni saw things clearly: she saw a world in which nature impacted all living things, and where communities, societies, and the natural world were deeply interconnected. Propelled by her lifelong love of nature and her desire to...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, February 24, 2014
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation Pradip Sarmah was riding in a rickshaw one day in India when he had a...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, February 14, 2014
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation These leaders, whom we call Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows, have accomplished tasks such as...
Today, Arianna Huffington released a book "Thrive" that poses the questions 'What is success?' and 'What other metrics are we missing as society focuses on acquiring money and power?'. She shares her own personal story, mentioning an eye-opening incident in 2011 when she found herself needing...
Editor's note: This post was written by Brittany Koteles and Lennon Flowers with the Ashoka USA Team. Congratulations to the 5 new US Fellows! Tomás Alvarez, Mike Marriner, Emily May, Andrew Mangino, and Jeff Parker: five individuals who, at first glance, don’t have much in common. Jeff uses his...
Editor's Note: This post was written by David Nahmias with the Global Venture and Fellowship team. Despite meteoric economic growth in the past several decades, Latin America still faces severe challenges of violence, organized crime and human rights violations.  With some of the highest...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, February 11, 2014
Geogretown just announced a new center to promote collaboration among students, faculty and the private sector to foster innovation and provide a unique skill-set to generate concrete, solution-based social change. The video from the launch event features Ashoka Fellow Mark Hanis,...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, February 11, 2014
Editor's Note: This article was written by Ashoka Venture and Fellowship Summer 2013 Associate Ayah Abo-Basha Social entrepreneurs, by their very nature, are system disrupters  – they constantly challenge the status quo to mobilize innovative solutions that demand the reinvention of our...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, February 7, 2014
Editor's Note: This post first appeared as an Ashoka "Change in the Making" Forbes post and was written by Terry Donovan with the Global Media and Communications team and Kate Jenkins with the US Team. John Kluge (@klugesan) is co-author with Karl T. Muth and Michael T.S. Lindenmayer of “Charity...
Ashoka is a unique workplace. If you walk into some of the offices across the world, you will see whiteboards, standing desks and creative co-working setups. It is unique in terms of work culture as well. Teams come together fluidly - they form, change, adapt and collaborate with other teams as...
Editor's Note: This story, written by Brittany Koteles (@koteles2), first appeared in Forbes and was brought to you in partnership with Dowser.org, a media organization that reports on social innovation, focusing on the question: Who is solving what and how? A conversation with...
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...