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Conversation with Ashoka Globalizer Fellow Estela Villareal

We recently spoke with Ashoka Fellow Estela Villareal.  Estela is one of our Fellows from Mexico and also a 2010 Ashoka Globlizer Fellow. Estela uses public recreational spaces to facilitate interaction between disabled and non-disabled youth to promote mainstream integration for people with special needs.

New York University Recognizes Ashoka’s Historic Role

New York University will recognize the historic role that Ashoka and its community have played through awarding an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Ashoka CEO, Bill Drayton, in its 178th commencement.  The commencement exercises will be held Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 in Yankee Stadium.  Founded in 1831, NYU is one of America’s leading research universities and a member of the selective Association of American Universities.  The honorary degrees awarded annually during the NYU Commencement are the highest honor conferred by the university.

Bill Drayton on Social Entrepreneurship in Japan + Recruiting for Ashoka's Japan Representative

Ashoka CEO Bill Drayton in Asahi Newspaper, Japan

Ashoka CEO Bill Drayton recently visited Japan as part of the development of Ashoka Japan. Initially Youth Venture will be launched in Japan, followed by other Ashoka programs as it makes sense to do so. You can read Ashoka advisor Nana Watanabe's account of Bill's trip here.

Bill Drayton on the power of collaborative entrepreneurship in McKinsey's "What Matters?"

Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton has contributed an essay to McKinsey&Company's new What Matters publication and website.

In it he describes the qualities and instincts of social entrepreneurs, sharing lessons learnt from 30 years of seeking out the world's most high-impact changemakers.

Ashoka debuts in Japan

In February 2010, Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton had a series of meetings in Tokyo, with 360 audience members at a University symposium, the Japanese Prime Minister (video), congressmen, and major media reporters.

Mary Robinson's Keynote Address to the Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Forum in Ireland

Former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson gave the keynote address at the Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Forum in Ireland yesterday:


Introducing the Ashoka Book Club: Up and Out of Poverty - The Social Marketing Solution

This will be the first of monthly book reviews from Ashoka staff, covering books which we have found relevant to our work. This first review is by Fransje de Waard who works with Ashoka in the Netherlands and is on Up and Out of Poverty - The Social Marketing Solution” by Philip Kotler and Nancy R. Lee.

Tia Johnson from Ashoka's Youth Venture speaking at TEDxTokyo

Tia Johnston Brown, Director for Ashoka's Youth Venture initiative, on ‘creating an “everyone a changemaker” world’:


Mobilizing Efforts and Resources: Ashoka Fellows Respond to Reconstruct Chile

On the 27th of February, Chile was hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the fifth most powerful earthquake in history. Moments after the earthquake, Ashoka’s staff in the Southern Cone were in contact with the 34 Ashoka Fellows residing in Chile to offer them psychological support and appraise their needs. Ashoka has now been able to communicate with nearly all of them, and although the material losses are great, the Fellows, their families and constituents are accounted for and safe.

Announcing the Finalists of the @15 Community Impact Challenge

Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Best Buy Co., Inc. today announced the finalists of the second @15 Community Impact Challenge. Five teams of young social entrepreneurs will each receive $5,000 and five teams will be selected to receive $1,500 each from the @15 Fund to expand their local ventures.