Changemakers Stepping Up, Responding to the Pandemic

All over the world, people are seizing the moment, creatively solving problems and expressing love and respect in action

Pandemic or Paradigm Shift?

Reflections on young people, learning, and social change that enable a new consciousness to arise from this time
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Gender Equality In Times of COVID-19

Ashoka Belgium talks to Isabella Lenarduzzi: Fellow spotlight during Covid19
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Fellows Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Ashoka Arab World Fellows are pivoting their work to adjust amidst a staggering global health crisis and building innovative approaches to deal with the challenges unfolding from the pandemic.
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New Alliance Helps Social Entrepreneurs Overcome the Impacts of COVID-19

$75 million already mobilized by alliance launched at the World Economic Forum
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COVID-19’s Impact on Migration, Asylum, and Integration

New perspectives and solutions to respond to refugees and migrants’ needs in these unprecedented times
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How Indigenous People Are Being Affected by Coronavirus — and Why We Should 'Screw the Normal'

Nick Tilsen of the NDN Collective says the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic provides "opportunity here to architect and build a new world"
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Changemakers United: a collective initiative to tackle COVID-19

We are thrilled to announce that Ashoka, in partnership with Zalando, kick-started Changemakers United. This initiative will enable our worldwide network of social entrepreneurs to scale solutions for the challenges around COVID-19. Between April and October 2020, we will: 1. Source & map innovators...
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To Turn a Corner, Trust Social Entrepreneurs

Many social entrepreneurs are working 24/7 to adapt quickly, surface needs from their communities, mobilize millions of changemakers, and anchor the deeper societal transitions that are coming. They are showing impressive creativity and impact — and many have ready-made solutions not only for the...
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Activity Guides for Changemaking at Home

Changemaking can start at home. These guides are for young people, educators, and parents to discover the power they have to create positive change, even from the kitchen table.
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Behind the Masks: How A Consortium of Dutch Nurses is Redefining Care in Times of Crisis

Jos de Blok is a Dutch nurse who founded Buurtzorg, a network of over 8,000 nurses who participate in a model of home care that KPMG found halves costs, improves quality, and makes happier caregivers. Buurtzorg sounded the alarm early and began managing masks and tests nationwide. Ashoka spoke to...
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Build Change: Rethinking Housing After The Crisis

Elizabeth Hausler started Build Change in 2004 to make safe, disaster-resistant houses the new norm across the world. In the years since, she and her team of civil engineers have responded to dozens of natural disasters, arriving after the immediate crisis clears to support local builders and help...
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Why We Don’t Want a Return to Normal

On #EarthDay2020, a look at the need for environmental changemaking in Mexico and beyond.
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Meet the Young People Leading Us Forward

How eight young changemakers are solving social problems during our global crisis, from Brazil to Bangladesh
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Misinformation Spreads Faster Than Coronavirus: How A Social Organization In Turkey Is Fighting Fake News

Journalist Mehmet Atakan Foça started Teyit (“confirmation” in Turkish) in 2016 to address misinformation propagated by media organizations and social media users. We spoke with him this week to learn more about what his fact-checkers are working on during the Covid-19 crisis.

Mehmet Atakan Foca

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

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The Parent's Guide to Changemaking Conversations

Tips for sparking and supporting the desire to make a difference, starting at home.
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7 Wellbeing Tips for Working Online

How can we bridge the distance to build a culture of community and care? Our advice from years of connecting across continents.
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The Right to Relate: Cycling Without Age

Finding innovative ways to break through the isolation of the coronavirus crisis
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COVID Solution: Activation Session #1

Ashoka Fellows Dr. Aled Edwards and Dr. David Cuartielles discuss their work to combat the coronavirus and to prevent future devastation
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Fact Checking Stories About Covid-19: How A World-Wide Network Of Scientists Is Kept Very Busy

Science Feedback is a not-for-profit organization that works with a network of scientists all over the world to verify influential claims and media coverage, so that internet users have access to scientifically sound information. The coronavirus has brought them a lot of extra work. Ashoka Fellow...
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Bangladesh’s New Generation Of Women-Led Labor Unions Confronts The Pandemic

The garment industry's four million workers—mostly women—are seeing their lives upended
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