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Watch: Four Young Entrepreneurs with "Three Minutes to Change the World"

These four young innovators, and their stories of change, have been captured in a new one-hour documentary on PBS, "Three Minutes to Change the World(brought to you by the Emmy Award-winning creators of "Bill Nye the Sciene Guy" and "Biz Kid$").

Bring on Banking on Youth!

Social change isn’t rocket science; it’s just a matter of gumption and drive. Policy-makers, think-tanks, and academics aren’t the only ones with the power and ideas to change the world. Changemaking can belong to all of us.

And nowhere is this dynamic potential more evident than among the emerging generation of changemakers—the world’s youth. Ashoka’s Youth Venture believes in the transformative potential of teens and adolescents nationwide, and their remarkable, game-changing ideas.

What’s Good in the Hood

An Ashoka Youth Venture, Featured in “Storytelling for Good” Mini-Documentary

Bill Drayton: Generation Z Will Network Its Way to Social Change

In an increasingly resource-stretched world, it takes more than social activism to cut to the heart of social challenges. Today the world needs social entrepreneurs — who work like entrepreneurs to address social problems — according to Ashoka founder Bill Drayton, who last week contributed to Harvard University's Launching a Social Venture lecture series.

ArcelorMittal Finds Steel Resolve to Support Youth Ventures

A new partnership between the business and social worlds is set to make (positive) waves in the youth entrepreneurship movement.

Creatively incorporating social entrepreneurship in the classroom

If you think social entrepreneurship has to be taught as a stand-alone subject, you haven’t met Jane Turner and Benhür Oral. While teaching English as a preparatory subject in Istanbul’s Özyeğin University, they quickly realized they could incorporate far more into the syllabus than just the basic language knowledge set.

 

Laura White on the Disruption Needed in Higher Education: Empathy

When you ask Laura White about reforming higher education, she doesn’t suggest lofty bureaucratic changes. She doesn’t talk about funding, tuition, or budget cuts. When White envisions positive changes in education, she sees one principle as the fulcrum: empathy.

Being a Changemaker in a Changing World

What does it mean to have the world’s sixteenth largest economy (which is growing rapidly), a population where 60 percent of people are under the age of 30, and an undeveloped citizen sector? For Turkey, it means having a huge potential for citizen- and youth-led social change.

Want true equality? Make everyone powerful.

I just heard a story that I adore. It comes from Ali Raza Khan, an Ashoka social entrepreneur and education reformer in Pakistan.

Last year, he challenged 6,000 poor students across 74 charity government vocational schools to create ventures within a month. He went to them and said, “I believe in you. You can all start businesses and citizen groups and you can all succeed.” He said this to all the students in all the schools, none coming from privilege.

Arizona State University is Changemaker Central

No one ever said taking your venture from the white board to the global marketplace was easy. For a college student dreaming of entrepreneurship, the prospect might seem daunting.

That’s exactly why Ashoka U partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to build Changemaker Central. It's a hub where students share entrepreneurial resources with one another and launch ventures together.