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Jonas Staub

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2018

Switzerland

With Blindspot, Jonas is creating a culture of inclusion of people with disabilities by showing inclusion for what it ultimately is – an easy, natural process that everyone can engage in. Blindspot is the first organization of its kind in Switzerland. Having started its work by bringing children...

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Dan Acher

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

Switzerland
Dan Acher is using creative placemaking to combat the isolation and separation between urban residents and build a shared sense of belonging. In doing so, he encourages citizen ownership of public spaces and invites residents to take responsibility for their city, ultimately leading to a more active... Read more

Nicola Forster

Ashoka Fellow since May 2016

Switzerland

In Switzerland and beyond, the knowledge and innovative ideas of skilled young citizens find little access to political decision-making. This creates a significant discrepancy between political decisions and the desires and ideas of young citizens. Nicola responds to this problem by developing...

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Andras Vamos-Goldman

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2015

Switzerland

Credible accountability for atrocities such as war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity requires criminal justice professionals, trained to work internationally, who can be on the spot rapidly to obtain and preserve evidence. Yet national and international institutions often cannot find...

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Christophe Dunand

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2014

Switzerland

Christophe works to avoid long-term exclusion from the labor market of the most excluded people (long-term unemployed excluded by their lack of a diploma, their age or their cultural origins). The approach combines the evaluation of competencies, operational training (Swiss learning logic) and...

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Caroline Kant

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2014

Switzerland

Today, there are 7000 rare diseases affecting 250 millions people in Europe and only 5% have an approved treatment. Caroline is accelerating the cost-effective development of unexplored therapeutic opportunities in rare diseases by addressing key translational gaps and clinical development...

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Carsten Rübsaamen

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2013

Switzerland

Bookbridge builds business and leadership skills through experiential learning. Through Bookbridge's Capability Programs, candidates from the Global North join hands with talents from the Global South to learn state-of-the-art business skills and develop as responsible leaders while creating...

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Jerónimo Calderón

Ashoka Fellow since May 2012

Switzerland

Jerónimo has created a youth-led movement that transforms social change into a desired lifestyle for Generation Y. Euforia developed highly engaging event-trainings that offer young people and executives unique learning opportunities. By branding citizen engagement as cool, trendy and attractive,...

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Markus Gander

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

Switzerland

THE IDEA

Markus is giving young people across Switzerland the chance to connect with each other through a platform that facilitates younger and older people's engagement,  to work together towards social change. He founded
Infoklick in 1998. Infoklick connects youth with their peers and serves...

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Christiane Daepp

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

Switzerland

Christiane’s Office of Ideas helps children use their creativity and idealism to become active problem solvers in their communities. Through extracurricular activities in schools, kids independently work to develop solutions to the problems their peers, teachers, and neighbors face, and change...

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