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Thalita Guimarães, Senior Product Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim Brazil, was selected to participate in Ashoka’s Executive in Residence program and spent 6 months working with MyMind in Ireland.  Founded by Ashoka Fellow Krystian Fikert in 2006, MyMind strives to bring affordable and...
Declan Daly is Vice President Europe, Network Agents at Western Union Financial Services based in Vienna, Austria.  In 2012 he went to Nicaragua through Ashoka’s Executive in Residence program, which fosters collaborations between corporate executives and social entrepreneurs.  There he...
"It is time to rediscover the financial industry's history of using social innovation to help people improve their lives", argue authors Noel Gordon, Ashoka Support Network, former head of banking at Accenture, Felix Oldenburg, Ashoka Germany and Europe and Nic Parmaksizian, Capco in the first of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, September 18, 2013
    Editor's Note: This post was written by Diana Fernholz (@Diana_Fernholz), who works with Ashoka. What worries you?  This is the question that Ashoka Fellow Dina Buchbinder of Mexico begins all of her sessions with, regardless of whether her audience is an established group of...
  Mike a serial social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and Harvard MBA who has previously created successful internet-based companies in telecoms and finance as well as online education, has had the challenges of accessing education imprinted on him from an early age. The first of his family to...
  This is the time where the number of connections across the globe and the amount of change is increasing. More and more we see global discontentment rise over how public and private sectors are playing a role to deliver vital interests, from economic opportunity to health care and education...
In an increasingly fast-paced world, many of us are looking to learn the skills of the future. Increasingly, we are called to step into entrepreneural roles to help create better realities. Ashoka's Youth Venture and StraighterLines have partnered to provide future social entrepreneurs with the...
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...