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New book, Rippling, is a roadmap for changemakers

Beverly Schwartz has released a new book-length work, Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation, that lays out five actionable principles for how individuals can effectively serve their community and culture as a Changemaker. Having spent eight years at the helm of Ashoka’s marketing efforts, Schwartz has a unique perspective on what it takes to be a changemaker.

An Executive and a Student Walk into a Subway Car: Creating a Self-Sustaining Jordan Through Unlikely Teamwork

According to Ashoka Fellow Raghda Butros, there are two types of poverty in Jordan. The first is obvious: financial poverty in low-income neighborhoods. But Butros sees the second—the cultural poverty of more-affluent Ammanis—as an equally serious impediment to social change.

World Economic Forum Appoints Revolution Foods Co-Founder Kristin Groos Richmond to Young Global Leaders Program

Among young people in the United States, the current state of food-culture and nutrition is bleak. Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the past 3

Bill Drayton: Generation Z Will Network Its Way to Social Change

In an increasingly resource-stretched world, it takes more than social activism to cut to the heart of social challenges. Today the world needs social entrepreneurs — who work like entrepreneurs to address social problems — according to Ashoka founder Bill Drayton, who last week contributed to Harvard University's Launching a Social Venture lecture series.

Empathy as a Way of Being

A conversation with Sonali Ojha, Ashoka Fellow and founder of the Dreamcatchers Foundation

When the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami struck at the end of 2004, hundreds of relief organizations rushed to the scene. Sonali Ojha's organization, the Dreamcatchers Foundation, was there too, but to perform a very different function than first aid and rescue.

The Moments of Solidarity and Fraternity Make it Worthwhile

Although my age and the work I do (with indigenous people in the state of Ceará, Northeast of Brazil) are not typical compared to the majority of  Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs, it was an important opportunity because it allowed me to glimpse this fertile soil. In fact, although being 80 years old could have been a barrier in the decision of approving me as an Ashoka Fellow, this organization showed a very non-exclusive and flexible selection, which is rare nowadays.

Creatively incorporating social entrepreneurship in the classroom

If you think social entrepreneurship has to be taught as a stand-alone subject, you haven’t met Jane Turner and Benhür Oral. While teaching English as a preparatory subject in Istanbul’s Özyeğin University, they quickly realized they could incorporate far more into the syllabus than just the basic language knowledge set.


Laura White on the Disruption Needed in Higher Education: Empathy

When you ask Laura White about reforming higher education, she doesn’t suggest lofty bureaucratic changes. She doesn’t talk about funding, tuition, or budget cuts. When White envisions positive changes in education, she sees one principle as the fulcrum: empathy.

When the Unreal Becomes Real

The first time I heard about Ashoka in 1998, it sounded to me like fantasy. I liked very much the introductory discussions with Ashoka coordinators, long, deep, going to details... These discussions raised my confidence in Ashoka principles and their viability.

How Fluid Teams Create Good Business

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and the rate of change accelerates, new organizational models are fundamental to an organization’s ability to remain competitive and relevant. When organizations empower fluid and open teams with distributed accountability and decision-making, the effect is twofold: They infuse passion and purpose among their workforce and they set themselves up to solve problems nimbly and quickly.