The future is better than we think. Tap the deep knowledge and surprising insights of the world’s best social entrepreneurs *live* at partner events and every Wednesday via our Welcome Change series, broadcast on Zoom to all time zones. Browse topics and RSVP below.
Wednesday News Series: Making community-owned Internet access universal in India
Wednesday News Series: Open-sourcing human rights investigations
Wednesday News Series: Young changemakers building a better future for people & planet
Brazil’s indigenous rights & the future of land stewardship
Wednesday News Series: Illegal loggers stepping up as champions of sustainable forestry
Wednesday News Hour: Supporting Black women and girls to overcome financial trauma and build wealth
Wednesday News Series: COP26 & changing the rules of finance
Fashion's huge waste problem - and what we can do about it
Wednesday News Series: Memory Loss & The Journey of Carers
Lessons from Mexico: Building resilient infrastructure for a changing climate
Wednesday News Series: Building welcoming communities as economies re-open
Wednesday News Series: Trusting Young People to Lead
Wednesday News Series: The Power of Procurement
Wednesday News Series: Nigeria's Twitter ban & what it means for democracy
Wednesday News Series: From Trans* visibility to liberation: building a gender equal world
Launching into a new age of Planet & Climate action
Wednesday News Series: Lessons from Covid - the relevance of empathy
Wednesday News Series: Young changemakers building a Bangladesh free of child marriage
Wednesday News Series: Responses from India as the Covid crisis deepens
Wednesday News Series: Indigenous traditions & the future of food
Wednesday News Series: Motherhood as a Masters
Wednesday News Series: The right to sign - the deaf community & language access
Wednesday News Series: Addressing algorithmic bias & building better tech
Wednesday News Series: From rights to jobs
Wednesday News Series: Building community wealth & economies that work for everyone
Wednesday News Series: Climate & the hidden cost of business as usual
Mutualism and the Next Economy
Reimagining Care: Carers on the Global Agenda
Bringing the generations together
Tech & Democracy: Why we must update the social contract for the digital age
How does nature-based education change the way we live?
Brazil's Indigenous Leaders Stand Up As Land Protectors
When the rules of the game lead to climate change, change the rules
Memory loss matters for all of us
How we build welcoming communities as borders re-open (for some)
Ashoka Fellows David Lubell and Clara Jiménez Cruz bust myths on immigration and show why belonging begins with us.
Trust Young People to Lead
What if our schools were designed to let young people drive positive change around them? This question has been animating Ashoka Fellow Ali Raza Khan for nearly 20 years.
How Technology Is Re-Shaping Our Families
Nigeria’s Twitter ban and what it means for democracy
From Trans Visibility To Liberation – The Freedom To Be Our Authentic Selves
Why children need empathy, especially now
Mary Gordon on empathy in the pandemic, what young children are feeling right now (by their accounts), and the pandemic’s enduring effects on families and children.
Building a Bangladesh free of child marriage
Social entrepreneurs respond to India’s deepening Covid crisis
Why decentralized approaches, long-term thinking and tough questions have been key to responding to the Spring 2021 COVID crisis in India.
Caring Is Our Super Power—Let’s Lead With It
Make Algorithmic Audits As Ubiquitous As Seatbelts
Thinking differently – ideas for action on planet & climate
Ashoka Fellows around the world are working in the field of Planet & Climate, distilling decades of experience and spotting patterns between their diverse approaches
From rights to jobs: LGBTQ+ liberation in the Arab World
We’re Living Through A Carbon Bubble—Here’s What We Can Do About It
Mutualism: Building the Next Economy from the Ground Up
A way to build our next safety net in America through local organizations we know and trust
From Patriarchy to Inclusion: When Outrage Leads to Power Sharing
Defending privacy in the age of surveillance
Albert Fox Cahn on why we need to update the social contract for the digital age
Why We Need Data For Black Lives
This Is What We Did—When Climate Action Is Our Legacy
The climate movement has been strengthened in recent years thanks to the leadership of our youth. Yet, for the first time in our history there are more people over the age of 65 than below 5. How can we bring our elders into this movement? Meet Ashoka Fellow Jim Thompson who he is dedicating his...
Who Cares? Putting Careers On The Global Agenda
When Police Brutality And Digital Rights Collide – Lessons From Nigeria
Gbenga Sesan, founder of Paradigm Initiative, warns there's an upsurge of online censorship and digital clampdowns, following the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria
AI, Solidarity and the Future of Humanity
We Can Partner With Nature To Feed Everybody
A New Economy Out at Sea
Training Bystanders: The Pap Smear For Street Harassment
AI, Health & the Future of Human Agency
The Erosion of Privacy, And Why We Need a New Social Contract
Forget Memory, Try Imagination: A Social Innovator Takes On Dementia
The Smart Way To Protect Our Planet: Include Everyone
The New Longevity: Brazil's Gig Economy For Seniors
Table for Ten: Social entrepreneurs take on longevity and aging
How 10 Ashoka Fellows are redefining the experience of aging in countries around the world
How we bring generations together
Ashoka Fellow Marc Freedman wants to see younger and older people work together
The Right To Relate: Cycling Without Age
Ana Sáenz de Miera is leading Next Now: Ashoka´s initiative to build new emerging fields in social entrepreneurship and organize the whole Ashoka global community around them. Previously, Ana served as Ashoka Spain Country Representative for 7 years, creating a movement in Spain that brings together social entrepreneurs, companies, public administration, youth and schools to work towards a society where everyone realizes their changemaking potential.
Ana’s leadership started young. As a scout member from the age of 8, she was taught early what it means to see a problem, have an idea, and to make it happen. Since then she has never stopped leading towards social change in a way that inspires many others to be changemakers.
She was born in Spain and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, diploma in Social Sciences, Master in Humanities and Master in Clinical Psychology, and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Female Leaders in Spain for a number of years.
Ana has held a number of board positions. Amongst others, she was vice-president of Fundación Cotec (the Spanish institution that promotes innovation as the driver for social and economic, of which King Felipe VI is Honorary President), and member of the Board of Directors for Spanish Association of Foundations.
Konstanze is a member of the Leadership Group and leads Ashoka’s new global initiative on Tech & Humanity. She’s also the head of Ashoka in North America. A social anthropologist and journalist by background, she founded Ashoka in her native Germany in 2003 and co-led Ashoka’s emergence and growth in Western Europe, introducing the then radically new concept of social entrepreneurship to the continent. She also co-founded the Globalizer, an initiative re-defining what we mean by scale. She worked for CNN and FAZ and was a board member for GLS Bank, Germany’s leading ethical financial institution, before moving to the US in 2015. She is on the advisory board of CASE at Duke University.
Romania Country Representative / Next Now: Planet & Climate Leader
Corina Murafa is leading Next Now/Planet & Climate and is also the Director of Ashoka Romania. Prior to joining Ashoka, she advanced long-lasting positive change in Eastern Europe as a public policy expert on energy and sustainability. She has worked for the World Bank, OMV Petrom, Deloitte, national governments and think tanks.
Europe Venture Leader, Ashoka
Pip is the Country Director of Ashoka in the UK. Australian by birth, she has spent the majority of her career in South Africa. Prior to moving to the UK, Pip founded a youth development organisation in South Africa, enke: Make Your Mark. In early 2015, after six years as enke’s CEO, she handed over the reigns to study an MBA at Saïd Business School, Oxford. In addition, she has also consulted on innovative finance at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship; mapped the entrepreneurial support landscape across Africa for the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading; and facilitated strategy development. For her work in social innovation she’s been awarded a Skoll Scholarship, an Ashoka Fellowship; and she was a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She currently still serves on the board of enke as a non-executive director.
Zeynep has been building capacity over the period of ten years for the development of civil society and philanthropy in Turkey, working in the fields of infrastructure to create and implement innovative models. Zeynep created the first comprehensive research study on civil society in Turkey, advocacy activities for a more favorable legal and property infrastructure, donors, foundations (community foundations), social enterprise and social finance; She has experience with innovative approaches to the above, and has written many publications and articles to this end. Before joining Ashoka Turkey, Zeynep was with the Third Sector Foundation (European Foundation) serving as Program Director. She also participates actively in the women's movement. She was a member of KA-DER, where she was on the board between 2009-2012, Mor Çatı and KAMER volunteer. Zeynep is a member of the Board of the Support Foundation for Civil Society. She received her BA in Political Science and Cultural Studies from McGill University in Canada, and she is still continuing her thesis study in the Human Rights Law program of Bilgi University.