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Technology And Changemaking: The Languages Of The Future

While technology companies and social impact entrepreneurs have historically operated independently of one another, they often share many common attributes and values: innovation, a desire for a better world, and a belief that technology has the potential to change the world for the good of all. In the same way that technologists innovate new tools, social innovators invent, reinvent and refine new ways and systems for social impact.

Winning Ideas Unlocking Community Potential: Sign Language Learning, Mobile Finance & Tackling Hunger

Ashoka is proud to announce the winners of Makers of More! The Makers of More Challenge, launched in partnership with Arthur Guinness Projects, received more than 300 entries from 45 countries around the world. The challenge aimed to discover innovators with solutions that build stronger communities with brighter futures.

Future of Work: What Skills Will Help Us Keep Pace?

From Elon Musk’s tweet that artificial intelligence may be more dangerous than nuclear weapons to the growing clamor of voices warning robots will take away our jobs, it is clear we are focusing more on the problems of AI, robotics, and automation than the solutions. While the problems are real and should be taken into account, social innovators around the world are already working to deliver solutions.

New Report: Technology drives change. How does social innovation drive technology?

How do you use ICT (information and communication technologies) to create social impact?

"ICT for the sake of ICT is a waste of precious resources. We are delighted to have worked with partners like Ashoka who understand the deep value that ICT can bring to social change when it is offered in context, with appropriate training, and with the intent of empowering the user. We hope this report inspires many others to take up this challenge in ways we haven’t even begun to imagine," says Wendy Hawkins, Executive Director of the Intel Foundation.

Community Feedback: Keeping a Remote Sales Network in the Loop

From the outside, Ibu Sinta’s warung in the city of Denpasar looks like any other small, family-run grocery shop so commonly found throughout Indonesia. But take a closer look and you will see several unusual products, including solar lamps, fuel-efficient cook stoves and water filters.

Meeting Rural Access Challenges with Business Solutions

Daniel Canning is Vice President, U.S. Money Transfer at Western Union Financial Services.  In 2011 he traveled to India to work with Drishtee, an organization founded by Ashoka Fellow Satyan Mishra that provides essential servicesto rural villages via locally run franchisee kiosks.

Is Optimism Revolutionary? Don't Miss June 17 PBS Broadcast of Revolutionary Optimists To Find Out Why Ashoka Fellow Amlan Ganguly Thinks So

More than 1 billion people (1 in 6 of us) live in an urban slum and this number is expected to double by the year 2030. That is enough to make anyone pessimistic. For one Ashoka Fellow, however, the future is in our hands—we control our own fates. “ Make the surroundings your product,” Amlan Ganguly implores.

What Tech Can Do For Your Health And Your Government

How can technology make your government more open?

“At its purest, technology can sponsor transparency and empower citizens,” said Emma Jane Cross, the founder BeatBullying and the online community powerhouse The BB Group. “It can fight corruption, strengthen governance, encourage democracy, and protect the voiceless, the disempowered and ignored.”

She Will Innovate: New Changemakers and Ashoka Fellows, Supported by Intel

The Changemakers online community voted for the digital technology solutions they thought deserved to be at the fingertips of girls and women worldwide during the past four weeks.