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A "self-funding" education - Breaking poverty by providing access to higher education

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.

Ashoka Future Forward Innovation Challenge Winners Named Forbes Africa's Top 30

Ashoka is honored to announce that two of the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment challenge winners, Ellen Chilemba and Alain Nteff, were selected among 30 Africa’s most promising young entreprenuers for 2015.

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.