Changemakers

Through a three-step process—frame, convene, ignite—Ashoka Changemakers works with the rest of Ashoka and its partners to exponentially accelerate lasting social change so it sweeps through systems, tipping the attitudes and behavior of individuals and institutions. It convenes and connects high-potential changemakers, their ideas and their resources, through the power of collaborative competitions and partner networks.

Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade history to build a global network that embodies the Ashoka vision of an “Everyone a Changemaker” world, where people gain the skills and resources they need to collaborate on solving complex social problems. It has built a global network of more than 10,000 innovators, hundreds of partners, and tens of thousands of changemakers from 125 countries by running more than 70 online competitions during the past decade, with partners such as GE, Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many other innovating organizations.

Frame

Changemakers applies Ashoka’s more than 30 years of experience in identifying and evaluating social innovations, plus the insights gathered from the world’s largest network of leading social entrepreneurs, to frame problems and emerging innovations in a way that maximizes the systems-changing impact of each partnership.

 We analyze the current landscape of a problem by defining the core problems, and mapping them against patterns and trends emerging from the work of leading social entrepreneurs. We take this information from the frontier of knowledge and assemble it, producing a Discovery Framework that serves as a mosaic of strategic opportunities for moving the needle on systems change. It is supported by a communications strategy that includes calls-to action and compelling visuals, deployed through traditional and social media, to activate large-scale changemaking.

Convene

Changemakers leverages online competitions to convene the world’s leading innovators, their ideas, and supporters, forming a network for collaboration between people, and even teams of people. Changemakers provides the platform where ideas and feedback are shared and refined; innovators receive feedback from their peers and thought leaders; and funder and investors can connect to evaluate and support innovations showing the most promise for scaled-up impact.  

We reach hundreds of thousands of users on social and traditional media, to build communities that support change. We engage with stories about how social innovators are leading, collaborating, and creating impact in big ways, and create dialogues for spreading and refining innovative practices.

Ignite

With our partners, we engage a network that functions as a team of teams, focusing the efforts of social innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, connectors, thought leaders, communicators, citizen sector organizations and citizens constituents to work together to exponentially accelerate lasting social change. They are supported—through our platform that supports online and face-to-face interactions—to move along the spectrum from local service delivery, to scaled-up service delivery, to systems-changing solutions, and ultimately to shape the way society frames change.

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