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Vanessa’s new idea is to cultivate real life ‘Planet Protectors’ by empowering young people to be environmental change agents within their family units. Through joy, humor, storytelling and arts-based play, Vanessa holistically cultivates lasting changemaker identities through the public-school...

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Jeffrey Cyr

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2019

Canada

Jeff is structuring a new reconciliation economy to bring full economic citizenship to Indigenous populations that have been historically excluded and controlled by colonial systems in Canada. In doing so, he is putting power in the hands of Indigenous communities for self-determination and...

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Brett Matthews

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2019

Canada

Brett is pioneering a science and design practice of ‘Oral Information Management.’ About a billion adults are illiterate or innumerate world-wide. Two-thirds of these are women. Based on published empirical research, Brett designs solutions for this ‘oral’ population to enable safe and independent...

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Shelly Elverum

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2019

Canada

Shelly is creating a new role for Inuit youth in society by leveraging their unique abilities to bridge western and Inuit world views. In doing so, Inuit youth are empowering themselves as well as the Arctic communities of which they are a part to self-determine in a region with strong colonial...

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Nina Simon

Ashoka Fellow since May 2019

United States

Through OF/BY/FOR ALL, Nina Simon is building a global movement that challenges the expectations of “public institutions” by helping organizations of all kinds become of, by, and for their communities.

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Alison Lingane

Ashoka Fellow since May 2019

United States

Alison Lingane is building demand in our economy for employee-owned businesses and facilitating the transition of companies to this more equitable model.

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Vincent Lagacé

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2019

Mexico

Vincent improves the livelihoods of smallholder producers by involving them, the organizations that serve them, and the corporations that buy their produce in a common effort to design better, fairer value chains.

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Sonya Passi

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2019

United States

Financial insecurity is the number one threat to an abuse survivor’s safety. Sonya is transforming the domestic violence movement from a mindset of crisis response to a focus on stability-building by bringing together the domestic violence and asset building movements.

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Dinny Jusuf

Ashoka Fellow since Oct 2018

Indonesia

Dinny Jusuf is changing the long-standing pattern of outward migration amongst Indonesian women as domestic helpers by eradicating the poverty issues faced by them and creating regenerative economies around the art of backstrap loom weaving in remote communities in Indonesia.

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Shailabh Kumar

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2018

India

Shailabh is setting up the first multi community mutual health microinsurance model in India that is community owned and led, thus giving them control to take care of their health and health protection more proactively through a not profit society.

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