Stories From The UK & Ireland

Launching the UK’s First Changemaker Region in Manchester

Greater Manchester is uniquely suited to be the UK’s first changemaker region. That was the refrain from four panellists at last week’s official launch of the Manchester co-lead community during the Ashoka Changemaker Summit. “We do things differently in Manchester,” they all said. More than 250...
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How a student used her power in local politics

For anyone who feels like their voice doesn’t matter in the public square, Liv Clark has a story to share. The 18-year-old’s choice to speak up in her hometown of Manchester, England resulted in thousands of young people across the city now enjoying free public bus rides. It was during the 2017...
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The Case For Changemaker Education

Building an Everyone a Changemaker world means we both embrace our changemaking potential and enable those in our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities to do the same. This level of engagement is essential to ensure that shared challenges in a rapidly changing world — some of them existential...
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What is Changemaker Education?

We need to seize the teachable moment. Learning sticks if it is based in the now; if it is relevant; if we are present; if it resonates emotionally and anticipates needs because it is rooted in context. The ‘teachable moment’ of the current pandemic is to shine a light on our current practice and...
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Changemaker Education - A conversation with Lord Jim Knight

Ashoka UK & Ireland is partnering with the Edge Foundation to embed changemaking behaviours across the education system so that the young people of today are more equipped than ever to thrive in an ever-changing world. Lord Jim Knight, former UK Minister of State for Schools and Chief Education...
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The Crisis that Sparks an Evolution: How COVID-19 can prompt corporations to re-think their role in society

For corporations to thrive, the only way to navigate this period of change will be to embrace it — they need to mobilise an army of problem-solvers and become changemakers in society
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Empowering Changemakers During the Pandemic

A New Narrative for Challenging Times Countries across Europe have started to turn the corner on COVID-19. But the pandemic’s effects will be felt long after lockdowns have ended. Our understanding of ‘normal’ has been shaken. Many of us feel exposed and vulnerable — economically, socially...
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