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Social Innovation Won't Save the World

David Bornstein in the New York Times "Fixes" column recently referred to social innovation as part of a “breakthrough—maybe even a new Enlightenment.” He believes it is creating new and lasting change that is unprecedented in the social sector.

Ashoka President Diana Wells Receives the Williams Rogers Award, Brown University's highest honor

Ashoka's very own Diana Wells got some recognition from her alma mater, Brown University, for exceptional service and contribution to society. Wells last month received the Williams Rogers Award, Brown University's highest honor bestowed for graduates who exemplify “the University's mission to prepare alumni for lives of 'usefulness and reputation.' ”

More from Brown about Wells, a member of the class of '88.

Unleash Your Social Impact (and Connect with Ashoka) at the 2012 Net Impact Conference

Changemakers and innovators working at the intersection of business and society will gather at the Net Impact Conference being held in Baltimore, MD later this week—from October 25-27. There will be more than 100 sessions, panels, workshops, and debates about a variety of topics, including corporate impact, clean energy, finance and investing, and urban revitalization.

 

Can Social Enterprise Contribute to Inclusive Growth in Middle East & North Africa?

Before the Arab Spring, numerous Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries appeared to be performing well on several developmental fronts, showing impressive growth rates and improving business climate indicators. However, many of those who took to the streets believed that this growth only benefited a privileged minority.

Is Business the Place where Social Impact Happens Most? Ashoka Fellow Ben Powell Thinks So

My interest in entrepreneurship as a tool for development began after I started a miniature golf business in Puebla Mexico. I learned a lot about business by launching that venture, but what surprised me most about the experience was how much I learned about the impact of business—about how it can improve lives.

As I was growing up, I never thought much about business as a place where social impact happened. But that is precisely where it happens most.

“Beautiful Resistance” & Dancing to Stay Alive in Palestine with Ashoka Fellow Abdelfattah Abusrour

Can dancing save a life? According to Ashoka Fellow Abdelfattah Abusrour it can. In a recent visit to the Ashoka offices in DC, Abusrour shared his story and his vision for peaceful resistance in Palestine.

The Sharable Economy and American Dream 2.0

The shareable economy is home to some of the most inspiring practices and promising tools to help everyday Americans earn money, save money and create jobs. Collectively, we call these shareable approaches the “American Dream 2.0,” a set of solutions to rebuild the American Dream using new technology and practices. 

Watch: Four Young Entrepreneurs with "Three Minutes to Change the World"

These four young innovators, and their stories of change, have been captured in a new one-hour documentary on PBS, "Three Minutes to Change the World(brought to you by the Emmy Award-winning creators of "Bill Nye the Sciene Guy" and "Biz Kid$").

Ashoka Launches Scandinavian Office, with Maja Frankel at Helm

Since her appointment as director of Ashoka’s new Scandinavia office, Maja Frankel’s schedule has been a flurry of travel throughout Northern Europe. Last week, it was Norway; this week, Denmark; next week, back to her home base in Stockholm, Sweden, where the new office is located.

In Copenhagen, Frankel explained the need for an Ashoka office in Scandinavia, despite popular misconceptions:

Ashoka Remembers Fellow Isaac Durojaiye

The Ashoka community is mourning the loss of Ashoka Nigeria Fellow Isaac Durojaiye, an icon of the Ashoka Fellowship who was elected in 2005 for his innovative contributions to the fields of health and environment. Durojaiye founded DMT Evacuation Service, the first mobile toilet initiative in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region, in order to remedy rampant urban unemployment and poor sanitation conditions.