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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
Deaf Culture, Deaf Creatives, And The Quest For Language Exposure
Melissa Malzkuhn started Motion Light Lab to create sign language learning and literacy resources for Deaf children—using emerging technology and storytelling. Melissa, who is third-generation Deaf, comes from a line of storytellers. Her grandmother, a pioneering Deaf rights advocate, inspired her...
What Could Be: Championing Local Communities Through Social Entrepreneurship
Often referred to as a “social innovation champion,” Dr. Diana Wells, President Emerita of, has used her many international experiences to positively impact under-resourced communities by fostering social entrepreneurship and changemaking. Dr. Wells’ first global experience—which she calls her...
Aligning Education With a Changing World
Students across the globe have been forced to adapt rapidly the past year as schools have tried to combat the spread of COVID-19. Many changes have been practical and surface level, such as moving lessons online. Yet there are deeper currents prompting forward-looking educators, parents, and...
Ashoka Rated One of the Top Five Most Impactful Social Good Organizations
NGO Advisor puts Ashoka at #5 in its annual list of the world's top 200 citizen sector organizations
“A gentle push to the right direction can take you far”
Yosra Ali is a young changemaker and participant of the Changemaker Camp 2020 who works and engages in projects centered on toxic honor-culture and violent extremism. Her main professional focus is working with women in exposed or dangerous situations, allowing them to make their voices heard and...
The best energy is the one we don’t consume (and how aikido helps save the planet)
At a webinar organized by Ashoka and Climate-KIC’s Community Lab under the title “The best energy is the one we don’t consume”, two champions of energy efficiency spoke of their experience in saving huge amounts of money while boosting people’s morale through drastically limiting the waste of energy...
WORKING DIFFERENTLY CHALLENGE: WHAT TRUE PARTNERSHIP LOOKS LIKE
True localisation happens when local organisations develop their own theories of change, design their programmes, and mobilise resources to implement. It’s not when international NGOs subcontract local organisations to implement programmes. As the pandemic and its economic impact started to bite, A...
Sibling Changemakers Improve Communities Through STEM: Trisha and Tejas's Journey
Trisha and Tejas share their story about how they are mobilizing their shared passions for education and technology to lead change.
These new allies for governments can help attain equitable, lasting change
When governments engage and collaborate with systemic social entrepreneurs, the full potential of social innovation is unlocked and a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable future for all can be realized
A Young ChangemakHER story - Rofida Essam increasing access to first aid training
Rofida is one of the winners of the 2019 Young ChangemakHERs Transformative Journey and Competition. She has been actively working on shifting community mindsets in Cairo to raise awareness about the importance of First Aid by increasing people's access to training. Despite the challenges in 2020...
Who Cares? Putting Carers On The Global Agenda
All people are carers, in some way or for some time. Routine caring is innate—we raise children, tend to sick relatives, look after aging parents, form bonds of love and friendship that hold caring as implicit. However, among us—we, the general carers—is a critical population of more specialized...
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
Five insights to rewrite the narrative around aging
Demographic shifts offer a chance to shape the future of humanity. Social entrepreneurs show us how