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Editor's Note: This article was written by Tsega Belachew, Ashoka's global digital media strategist, and originally appeared on Forbes. Storytelling can indeed influence social change. And the time is now. Thanks to the social Web, the creative pen comes in many shapes and sizes and we have...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Jason Pinegar. More than 1 billion people (1 in 6 of us) live in an urban slum and this number is expected to double by the year 2030. That is enough to make anyone pessimistic. For one Ashoka Fellow, however, the future is in our hands—we control our...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, June 14, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Ashoka UK Communications Manager Felicity McLean, and originally appeared on Forbes. How can technology make your government more open? “At its purest, technology can sponsor transparency and empower citizens,” said Emma Jane Cross, the founder ...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, June 14, 2013
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Pioneers Post. Henry De Sio – Vice President for Framework Change at Ashoka and Chief Operating Officer for the Obama '08 campaign – discusses his experience of 'leadership on steroids'  campaigning for the US president, change-making...
Ashoka welcomes the bold launch of Plan B for Business, one that is determined to "change the values that drive business, to prioritize people and planet alongside profit".  The B Team is also encouraging the general public to submit their views on a new charter for better business at...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Ashoka UK Communications Manager Felicity McLean, and originally appeared in Forbes. On June 10, 2013, one week before world leaders gather for the G8 Summit in London, Ashoka will join the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, June 10, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Marina Kim, co-founder of Ashoka-U, and originally appeared on Forbes. My Only Job Since CollegeA friend from a well-respected organization recently asked me, “How do you have so many people stay on your team for so many years? What’s your secret?” I...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, June 5, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Janita Chalam, a summer associate with Ashoka and edited by Tsega Belachew.  The Ashoka Future Forum witnessed many innovators who shared their groundbreaking, future-focused ideas and solutions for the world's most pressing challenges. Below is a...
Editor's Note: This article was written by Marzena Zukowska, Media Manager & Strategist with Ashoka Changemakers. The Globalizer Summit will share the vision of Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet and showcase the social innovators, businesses, and...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, June 3, 2013
Editor's Note: The article was first posted on the Knight's Foundation blog. Above: Talia Leman, CEO and Founder of RandomKid, addresses the 2013 Ashoka Future Forum. Image Copyright: Knight Foundation When you bring a few hundred social entrepreneurs together to talk about the future of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Tue, May 21, 2013
Editor's Note: This article was written by Karabi Acharya with the AshokaUS team and first appeared on Forbes. It used to be that if you went to school and studied hard, you would get a job, buy a house and be a generally successful person. But the world is changing too fast now. Hierarchies are...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, May 17, 2013
Ashoka is honored to celebrate the life of Ashoka Fellow Abdul Waheed Khan.  Abdul was brutally murdered at the age of 36 in front of his co-educational school in Qasba Colony, Karachi. Abdul was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2004 for his work that aimed to transform informal education...
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...