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Future Forum Cheat Sheet: Why Journalism Is Like Really Bad Parenting (And How We Can Fix It)

The face of journalism is changing. The wave of new media has brought with it more chances for us to get involved in our world, whether that’s by signing an online petition, backing a Kickstarter campaign or sharing a news story with our social media circles.

For journalists, there’s a new goal: don’t just advocate for a cause, drive your readers to action.

Ashoka Fellow Juan David Aristizábal Ospina: 'If You Are Using Your Talents, You Are Changing the World'

Ashoka Fellow Juan David is a 23-year-old social entrepreneur who founded the organization Buena Nota in Colombia. Juan David recently visited Ashoka's global headquarters in Rosslyn, VA where he spoke about his new book, "Llenando Espacios" (Filling the Void) and about his experiences as a social entrepreneur in Colombia.

 

Juan David's Road to Social Entrepreneurship

 

'Who Cares?': A Film About Social Entrepreneurship Wins the Best Feature Documentary Award at the DC Film Festival

The Portuguese language film “Quem se Importa?”—which translates to “Who Cares?” in English—was written and directed by Mara Mourão and produced by Tatiana Battaglia. Mourão's crew shot the film in a total of 20 locations in just 40 days, capturing the stories of everyday people in Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and in the United States who have achieved extraordinary impact with their social good projects.

Who Cares

"We are not guests here, we're creators, we create our own life, we create our own world. (…) We must imagine what kind of world we want to create, and start doing that." – Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Ashoka’s Global Academy Member, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Changing the Face of Information in Pakistan

Ashoka fellow Shafqat Munir Ahmad’s organization Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) has educated over 1200 journalist to incorporate social issues into mainstream media. The success of JDHR led Shafqat to create a new initiative this year called the Infochange News and Features Network (INFN).