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Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, February 1, 2013
  Editor's Note: This article was written by Jaime Gusching, Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator with the Ashoka Executive Office.Bill Drayton’s lifetime achievements, which include founding  Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, have earned him the distinction as one of...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Wed, January 23, 2013
From the moment we are born, society has already defined us. We are pushed into thinking small throughout our entire lives—by others, our environment, and the existing systems within our society, but most powerfully of all we unconsciously limit ourselves. Ashoka works from a very different belief...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, December 21, 2012
(Top from left: Juan David Aristizábal Ospina, Ashoka Fellow; Will Bryne, Ashoka Fellow; Kerstin Forsberg, Ashoka Fellow; Eric Glustorm, Ashoka Fellow; Sejal Hathi, Youth Venture Fellow. Bottom from left: Marina Kim, AshokaU Founder; Josh Nesbit, Ashoka Fellow; Andrew...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Tue, December 18, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Aphrodite Bouikidis and Olivia Richman, an Ashoka associate. Today is International Migrants Day, a day proclaimed by the United Nations in 2000 as a day to share information and further action to protect the rights of migrant workers. Migrant labor is...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, December 14, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Will Sloan, a writer for YourStory.in, and has been republished here with permission.Just when I felt I was beginning to understand the confines within which the term social entrepreneur or social enterprise can be applied, this new...
The world has changed since the '80s, when Bill Drayton, Ashoka's founder and CEO, first used the term “social entrepreneur” to describe someone who uses business principles to tackle social problems. The phrase, while applied to successful innovators throughout the social sector, isn't yet...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, December 10, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was written by Marzena Zukowska, Media Manager at Ashoka Changemakers.How can the world address some of the greatest social challenges in a way that is both sustainable and scalable? Eli Malinsky, executive director of the new Center for Social Innovation in New York...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Thu, December 6, 2012
How do you know when you, or a group of social innovators like you, have revolutionized an industry? Ashoka has been working with CEB for the last several months to explore this million-dollar question. Ashoka is the world's largest community of changemakers and leading social entrepreneurs,...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, December 5, 2012
The campaign to abolish slavery in the U.S. might be over, but globally the problem persists. In Mali, one descendant of servitude is taking up the fight to help others become free.While slavery was abolished in Mali after independence from the French in 1960, there are still more than 800,000...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, November 30, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Ashoka's Youth Venture staff. I'm frustrated by the way that many in the nonprofit and education sectors talk about young people. Individuals, organizations and CSR initiatives use youth challenges as a way to bring importance and relevance to their social...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, November 30, 2012
Lucy Kanu, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Idea Builders, wins award for her empowering emerging talent in sub-Saharan Africa to break free from the cycle of poverty. Since 2010, the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), founded by President Bill Clinton and Karen Tramontano, has selected leaders who...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Fri, November 30, 2012
Editor's Note: This post is written by our Ashoka UK team. Click here for more information about Ashoka UK's programme to bring more international Fellows to the UK and click here for information about Ashoka's Empathy initiative and follow #startempathy on twitter. On 26th...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 28, 2012
Social entrepreneurship is blowing up, particularly in the United States. From 1995 to 2005, the number of non-profits registered with the IRS grew by 53 percent. What does an increase in ventures that blend profits with purpose mean for philanthropy? And how can the everyday changemaker use better...
Ashoka Globalizer is partnering with SWIFT Innotribe and a global platform of banks to identify how social innovation can connect to long-term business initiatives. Ashoka Fellows from around the world that are working on social finance innovations presented their ideas to a global...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Mon, November 19, 2012
Ashoka recently announced its inagural class of Changemakers Schools. These schools—and, more importantly, the educators within them—proving that teaching skills like empathy, leadership and teamwork are what truly prepare students for the new global economy. Here, Laura White, a member...