Ashoka's global programs - a selection
The E2 Network - social & business entrepreneurs meet here
The Entrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur — or E2 — Network is a growing yet exclusive network of world-class founders and CEOs. Its members have built businesses that transformed the world around them. Now, they support select Ashoka Fellows as mentors and thought partners. They catalyze our Fellows’ impact by deploying their network, influence, and financial capital. Co-creating solutions through Ashoka's lense of systems thinking and collaborative leadership.
Ashoka Globalizer - accelerating systemic change of changemakers
The Ashoka Globalizer has been helping changemakers identify and address systemic root causes of social and environmental problems since 2010. Its Systems Change Strategy Accelerator has helped 350+ social entrepreneurs around the world develop clear and robust systems change strategies. Added in 2018, the Systems Change Research Lab has produced online courses, podcasts and reports. Additionally, the Globalizer co-creates a supportive environment for changemakers working to improve systems through its Ecosystem Inititiatives.
Ashoka Changemakers - materials to grow your impact
Ashoka Changemakers creates opportunities for companies, foundations, and impact-sector organizations to co-create large-scale social change. Their tools: online challenges, social innovation mappings, course-activated communities, changemaker bootcamps and network mappings. The community of action at changemakers.com is a place for stories of changemakers, how-to-guides and beginners' courses cause anyone, anywhere can be a changemaker.
Ashoka Youth Years - equipping youth with skills for change
Youth Years programs are co-created with schools/educators, youth, universities, parents, and companies and include: LeadYoung collects a series of stories about young people changing their worlds and successful adults who started things in their teens. Your Kids [In development] working with corporations to foster employee/parent support for their kids becoming changemakers while building a changemaker culture within these corporations. Ashoka Young Changemakers selecting young people aged from 12 to 18 in East Africa.
Ashoka U - innovating education for millions of students
Ashoka U collaborate with colleges and universities to break down barriers to institutional change and foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation. By recognizing innovative colleges and universities, convening educators and innovators from higher education, and producing free publications.
The Ashoka Support Network community of committed leaders
The global community of Ashoka Support Network Members strengthens the impact of Ashoka Fellows by supporting Ashoka financially, with their network, experiences and ideas. According to the study behind The Unlonely Report 2022, ASNs helped most Fellows receive strategic guidance, recognize the importance of changing collective mindsets on the social issue they work on, see themselves as a leader and acquire new partnerships.
Next Now - a collection of solutions on 4 global topics
From a bird’s eye perspective, Next Now sees patterns and frontiers of innovation that show a way to a better future. We weave a community of innovators committed to building it and share our findings and insights with the world – helping people and institutions see and build a radically new future in the fields of new longevity, gender, planet & climate and tech & humanity.
WISE - Women's Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship
A global initiative led from the global South that aims to elevate the number, knowledge, and power of women in social entrepreneurship by redefining success from a gendered lens and celebrating the unique ways in which women successfully lead and make impact. WISE believes that there are 3 types of scaling: scaling up (laws and policies), scaling out (large areas or populations), scaling deep (mindsets and cultural norms).
With 40+ years of experience, Ashoka Fellows from 95+ countries & a 300+ team Ashoka has been facilitating impact across the world
Beginning in India in 1981, Ashoka started identifying and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs who have ideas for far-reaching social change. It started by first distilling their unique qualities and pioneering a rigorous global system for vetting and electing them to the Ashoka Fellowship. Ashoka began expanding rapidly in 1986 with the election of Ashoka Fellows in Brazil and then Mexico, Bangladesh, and Nepal in 1987. It continued to add countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe during the 1990s. By the late 1990s, the network stood at 1,000 social entrepreneurs and Ashoka started to work on a new big vision: "Everyone a Changemaker™".
Now, Ashoka has country and regional offices around the world that work closely together to design and implement many programs. In this way, we can access experiences and trends from different cultural and regional contexts, involve and network changemakers internationally — in short: use the power of a global network. And we ensure financial sustainability by accepting donations from a strong base of individuals, funding foundations and companies (more in our FAQs, in German).
This is what it feels like, when changemakers from Ashoka's world come together in one place
Every year, we bring together more than 300 systems-changing social entrepreneurs, young leaders, corporate partners and philanthropists to multiply their social impact. Ashoka’s most important global milestone, the Ashoka Changemaker Summit, is the space for these pioneering changemakers to connect, learn and work together to build a world where everyone is a changemaker and therefore, a world where everyone can thrive. See some impressions from #ACMS2022 in Brussels and watch out for the next one.
How to engage with Ashoka
Whether you want to stay connected to the stories of social entrepreneurs driving change in their communities, get the tools and opportunities you need for your own changemaker journey, nominate an innovator in your circles for their next big adventure, offer your support or bring in your organisation to amplify its impact — we have you covered.
Stay in touch
Want to dive into stories of changemakers on our website? Read up today. And did you know that the new Ashoka Community website is up now - with opportunities for learning, connection and collaboration? The good news: it has a newsletter featuring successes and opportunities from the world of Ashoka! With a focus on Europe — more below. You can also follow us on our international LinkedIn. Or subscribe to any other communications by navigating through Ashoka's websites, just like Ashoka Austria's newsletter (in German).
Nominate a Fellow
Did you know that you can recommend a social entrepreneur as a Ashoka Fellow? We can't source the world’s leading social entrepreneurs on our own, so we need you. Ideal candidates are characterised by possessing a new idea, creativity, entrepreneurial quality, social impact of the idea and ethical fiber. Also, keep an eye out for any of Ashoka's calls for social entrepreneurs, young changemakers & Co. and help us reach more doers and dreamers with these opportunities. Thank you!
Become a supporter
Are you here because you share the vision of Ashoka? You can become part of the Ashoka Support Network (ASN) today! ASN members provide Ashoka with financial support while lending Fellows their time and expertise. These committed leaders join to give back to, learn from and co-create with our community of changemakers. Are you one of them? Do you want to instead provide resources or collaborate on projects as a partner organisation? Discover the partners of Ashoka Austria, or those of your local branch.