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Changemakers respond to COVID-19

This article originally appeared on A New Game

We live in a rapidly changing world — and perhaps that’s never felt more true than in the midst of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has taken thousands of lives, separated families and communities, shuttered businesses, eliminated jobs, and cast a cloud of uncertainty over the future.

In the midst of this dark time, our world needs more changemakers.

In cities around the world, residents are organizing teams to help neighbors who can’t access groceries or transportation. Companies are restructuring on the fly and adapting to fill current needs. People are using technology to come together in new ways. Ashoka Fellows in 90+ countries are responding to the crisis — all while imagining the post-pandemic world. They’re leading a wide range of initiatives — from coordinating efforts to make life-saving hospital equipment in Spain, to fighting fake news in Turkey, to creating a care fund for domestic workers in the U.S.

In this unprecedented moment, we’re experiencing the power of the changemaking movement. Here’s how we’re seeing changemakers jump into action in the age of COVID-19.


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Now more than ever, we need everyone to be a changemaker.

Changemaking can start with altering your own lifestyle — practicing physical distancing in order to #FlattenTheCurve. We need changemakers to support each other, join with neighbors and inspire others to do the same.

Whether you’re mobilizing a team or picking up the phone to call a relative, in this moment we can all be changemakers in our own situations — no matter the scale.

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