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Breaking Poverty by Providing Access to Free Higher Education in South Africa

Taddy Blecher, an Ashoka fellow, founded the Maharishi Institute to try and revive a lost generation. Every day in South Africa, 4 million youths wake up with nothing to do and it pushes them on to the streets and into crime. Taddy dreamed of a way to unlocking the genius within these young people without invoking a financial burden on them by way of costly education. This was all made possible by the work of the Maharishi institute.

A social entrepreneur's guide to changing the world

In 1950 Detroit was an engineering hub: home of Ford Motorcars and the heart of the American auto industry. In 2013 the city filed for bankruptcy, in the largest such claim in US history.

Future of Work: What Skills Will Help Us Keep Pace?

From Elon Musk’s tweet that artificial intelligence may be more dangerous than nuclear weapons to the growing clamor of voices warning robots will take away our jobs, it is clear we are focusing more on the problems of AI, robotics, and automation than the solutions. While the problems are real and should be taken into account, social innovators around the world are already working to deliver solutions.

How 5 Creative Young People Are Addressing Youth Employment In Africa

African business and political leaders, including Zambia Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, have described Africa’s youth employment challenge as a “ticking time bomb.” The deepening gap between young people’s skills and the needs of employers has been linked to education systems that simply are not up to snuff, but also to a general lack of faith in young people as being capable of making meaningful contributions in a global marketplace, sometimes because of cultural and gender biases.

Everything Starts with an Internship

Hi! I’m Marc, and much like you, I am in a constant state of high five with social entrepreneurship.

Yoga in Africa- Transforming Young Minds, Hearts, and Livelihoods

“Wellness” a multifaceted and multi-billion dollar industry in many countries across the west. This “industry” is only starting to emerge in various countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Ashoka Fireside chats: Leadership on steroids

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 with Ashoka and using the force, in an exclusive interview with Pioneers Post editor Tim West. 

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Pioneers Post.

Clarifying Your Mission: The First Step to Making Social Impact Careers Happen

“How can I be a Marxist and still own a Jacuzzi?”

That essential question drove my career as well as the job search for many of the students I’ve counseled over the years.

Q&A with IBM’s Tony Tenicela: Empathy, Diversity, and the Keys to Corporate Turnaround

We put a lot of energy into building camaraderie among employees and management alike, which is absolutely critical to maintaining empathy and mutual respect. We’ve developed a strong virtual community, so that employees get to know each other across team and managerial lines. It doesn’t replace face-to-face, but it absolutely enhances the employee experience.

Peruvian Fellow Receives Prestigious Honors in US and UK

Ruiz’s commitment to improving the lives of the working poor recently attracted the attention of The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), which was founded with the goal of promoting fair and sustainable approaches to economic development. GFI presented Ruiz with the 2011 Fairness Award on November 8, 2011. Two weeks later, Ruiz accepted the prestigious Albert Medal at the Royal Society of Arts in London, joining a long and distinguished list of innovative pioneers that includes Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.