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Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, November 16, 2012
The Changemakers online community voted for the digital technology solutions they thought deserved to be at the fingertips of girls and women worldwide during the past four weeks. This community, made up of tech users like you, had a chance to pick its favorite innovations from a pool of 11...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 14, 2012
What are you doing to stop climate change? After being absent from national discourse, the environment is now back on center stage, thanks to Sandy and the nor’easter that just made matters worse for those still struggling to cope with Sandy’s aftermath. One kid is working to do his part to make a...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 14, 2012
Laura Thompson, program associate at Ashoka Singapore shares her thoughts on the state of the social sector in the region. She also got an update on Ashoka Fellow Dr. Kongkiat Kespetchara (center), who recently won the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA) Award for...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Tue, November 13, 2012
The Social Venture Network (SVN) is partying in New York City's Gotham Hall tonight. It's their 25th anniversary, and SVN is kicking off its Hall of Fame Celebration. SVN's Hall of Fame Celebration will honor 25 innovative global leaders who have championed better business. They have each created...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Mon, November 12, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Robin Pendoley, co-founder and CEO of Thinking Beyond Borders, and is republished here with permission.David Bornstein in the New York Times "Fixes" column recently referred to social innovation as part of a “breakthrough—...
Since 2010, the Europ Assistance Group (EA) has made social entrepreneurship its leading commitment in the Corporate Social Responsibility field. Today, 10 Group companies are actively involved in selecting and supporting top social innovators in Europe, in partnership with Ashoka France, to...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Fri, November 9, 2012
The winner of the “G2012 Mexico Financial Inclusion: Innovative Solutions for Unlocking Access” competition was announced at the G20 Summit in Mexico City last week. The competition, launched by G2012 Mexico and Ashoka Changemakers, sought innovative solutions that would enable underserved and...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Thu, November 8, 2012
We recognize a good idea when we see it; so do you. Ashoka's social innovators have always been sourced from the crowd, whether through our nominator networks or through the collaborative competitions on Changemakers.com (you may have even voted for a few winners). Unfortunately, we haven’t always...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, November 7, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Cheryl Heller, chair of the first MFA in Design for Social Innovation, Board Chair of PopTech, and founder of Heller Communication Design. This story was originally featured on NextBillion.net.If it is true, as has been said, that all change begins...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Tue, November 6, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Ashoka Community Mobilizer Isabela Carvalho and Michelle Fidelholc, a Changemakers associate in Brazil. This October, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosted the 2012 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), the biggest global event focused on developing market practices...
Editor's note: This post was written by Trent Van Alfen, intern with Executive Office and Framework Change Team. Ashoka Fellow Juan David is a 23-year-old social entrepreneur who founded the organization Buena Nota in Colombia. Juan David recently visited Ashoka's global headquarters in Rosslyn, VA...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Wed, October 31, 2012
 Dr. Firman Lubis, a social innovator, public health expert and long-time friend of Ashoka, passed away last month in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was 66 years old. “His is the sort of story Ashoka should always be about,” Bill Drayton said, remembering Dr. Lubis. “In every way he was one of us: a...
Editor's Note: The Brown Human Rights report interview is written by Cameron Parsons and is republished here with permission with an introduction incorporated by Ashoka. Ashoka's very own Diana Wells got some recognition from her alma mater, Brown University, for exceptional service...
Submitted by John Converse Townsend on Tue, October 30, 2012
Editor's note: This post was written by Peter Bonanno, project manager with Ashoka's Knowledge Team and was originally published on our Rural Innovation and Farming blog. Once, long ago, social change meant “give a man a fish.” Then we figured out that “teach a man to fish” could be more...
Submitted by Tsega Belachew on Mon, October 29, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was written by the Ashoka Seattle team and edited by Trent Van Alfen, an intern with Executive Office and Framework Change Teams. The Vision: Cities and Changemaking Ashoka’s vision is to have an Everyone A Changemaker™ world: one that responds quickly and...