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Amanda Phillips is a Changemaker

Amanda Phillips was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she suffered a miscarriage while living and working in a small village in India. On a rainy night, Phillips had to be carried on a stretcher to the nearest health clinic, located three hours away, only to find that the doctor was asleep, the medical instruments were not sterilized, and no one took her vital signs.

Interview: Dr. Terrie Rose, Ashoka Fellow and Baby’s Space Founder

Dr. Terrie Rose is an inspirational leader and innovative social entrepreneur. After becoming a mother of three within three years, she instantly felt the hardships of being a parent. During this stressful time, Rose found time to volunteer as a consultant at a program that helped new mothers who had used drugs and alcohol during their pregnancy gain the parenting skills they needed to successfully raise a child. She witnessed many situations which were much worse than her own.

Economic Alternatives to Regenerate Rainforests in Indonesia

Last Thursday, I had the privilege of sitting in on a presentation given by Dr. Willie Smits, a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, where I currently work as an intern for the Full Economic Citizenship program.  Born in Norway but a nationalized and 30-year resident of Indonesia, Dr.

Grasshopper Raises $20,000 for Ashoka with Great Video

Grasshopper is a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs get started and succeed. Their flagship product is a phone system designed for entrepreneurs.

To help inspire people to start a business and live their dreams last year they created a video, "Entrepreneurs Can Change the World", which has so far recieved almost 350,000 views on YouTube.

Crowd Sourcing for Maternal Health

As mobile and web technologies become increasingly accessible to those living in remote poverty around the world, the potential to expand access to health care to underserved populations becomes ever more real.

New video: Mobile Technology Inventions in Rural India: The Case for Building Business-Social Bridges

A great new video out of the Ashoka-Lemelson partnership. Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow Hilmi Quraishi and Microsoft partner to exchange knowledge, scale Hilmi's mobile inventions, and demonstrate the power of collaboration between the private and citizen sectors:

Ashoka Fellow Elizabeth Hausler: Haiti Earthquake Response

"It's not the earthquake that kills people, it's the building collapsing."

Creating Change: Innovations in the world of disability

The movement’s ultimate gift is that of enabling those it serves to be givers. And that can only mean helping them
become changemakers in a world defined by change.

Kuwaiti Sisters Lulwa & Balsam Al-Ayoub

Ashoka has just elected its first Kuwaiti Fellows: sisters Lulwa and Balsam Al-Ayoub (pictured above with other members of the Kuwaiti Olympic team). Both are professional fencers and use their status to support gender empowerment.

Winners of Changemakers GMO Competition Announced

Ashoka's Changemakers have just announced the winners, as voted by the community, of their competition looking at Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMO’s), Risk or Reward: Helping Consumers Decide.