Our Focus Areas


Ashoka's four strategic focus areas help people to understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change where everyone is called on to be a leader. Below them you will find examples of Ashoka programs and activities that support one area of focus more prominently than the others. This said, our programs and activities hold elements of (and support) every one of our focus areas in their implementation.

Social Entrepreneurship

Ashoka selects world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.

Venture and Fellowship
Ashoka Support Network (ASN)
Executive in Residence (EIR)
Changemakers
Youth Venture

Every Child Practicing Empathy

To thrive in today’s rapidly changing world, everyone must be a changemaker, and changemaking starts with empathy.

Changemaker Schools
Start Empathy

Lead Young

Ashoka is leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they have the power to lead, to contribute — to be in charge.

Lead Young
Ashoka Young Changemakers
Youth Venture
Changemaker Schools
Changemaker-Xchange
Ashoka U

Organizing for Changemaking

Living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.

Globalizer
Ashoka Support Network
Executive in Residence