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Former Ashoka Senior Health Advisor Appointed CTO of the United States

Last month, President Obama appointed former Ashoka Senior Health Advisor Todd Park as the second person ever to hold the position of U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The 39-year-old entrepreneur  has spent the past two decades providing efficient technological solutions to improving access to information—from rural villages in India to communities across America.

How ROI (and other analysis tools) can save our social programs

Social benefits are on the chopping block—with the United States’s unsustainable deficit, cutbacks are almost guaranteed. But for many preventive programs, cuts will end up costing society more money in the long run. What if there were better tools policy makers could use to determine which programs were worth the investment now for a big payoff later?  

Ashoka Senior Fellow Sakena Yacoobi to be Honored with German Media Prize

Ashoka Senior Fellow Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has been working to provide Afghans with basic human rights in the area of health care in a country torn apart by war for the better part of two decades.

Supporting Health Outcomes with an Open Mind and an Open Source Approach

Last week we introduced the first in a series of interviews covering open source thinking over at Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and today we're bringing you the second.

Paging Dr. Cell Phone

How mobile technology solutions are bringing affordable, quality health care to the most remote places in the world

Is it possible to provide high quality, low-cost health care to the neediest populations living in remote places? The answer is yes — and it lies in technology.

Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Best Buy Present Winners of the ‘Technology for a Better World’ Campaign

Ashoka’s Youth Venture, a global organization supporting youth social entrepreneurs, and Best Buy Co., Inc. are proud to present the five winners of the Technology for a Better World Campaign. The winners were recognized for their innovative contributions to public and community service at the prestigious Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. in May 2011.

My Journey to Hybrid Value Chain Enlightenment

This time last year, I was heading to business school to “gain the skills necessary to be great at doing good” – a lofty goal, but the true reason I was pursuing a business education. I knew my passion for social impact was unwavering; I just needed the tools to make it happen.

HealthPoint Services Wins Prestigious India Sankalp Award, Announces Investment by Fontus Water

Healthpoint Services Global, Inc., a social enterprise supported by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, has won the prestigious Sankalp Award for Innovative Social Enterprises - Emerging Ventures in the Health/Water/Sanitation sector for 2011. This award acknowledges HealthPoint as the most innovative and promising health-oriented social enterprise in India this year.

On My Own…by Anna Dion

My heart and mind are divided. I am now 8 months pregnant and on one hand, my body and soul are preparing for motherhood- with all of the ups and downs, worries and wonders of a (thankfully) low-risk pregnancy.

I see Bill Drayton as I see Mahatma Gandhi

As a physician working in the pediatric department in one of the larger public hospitals in Rio de Janeiro, I understood that traditional medicine is not really effective because it does not treat the real cause of most diseases affecting poor people in the developing countries. The main cause is poverty.