Ashoka Changemaker Summit 2020: Rediscovering Certainty.

Join the largest online gathering of social innovators and leaders from business and philanthropy from around the globe on November 17-19.  

Together, we will celebrate, learn and collaborate on strategies for systemic social change.  

Updates and Stories

Ashoka Changemaker Stories: will you join us?

The future is open. A crisis makes people long for recovery, but also for sustainable change. A number of influential social entrepreneurs embarked on this path to change long before COVID-19. For example, they have been building a fairer food system, they organize home care in a more efficient way...

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...

Changemakers respond to COVID-19

Now more than ever, we need everyone to be a changemaker. Changemaking can start with altering your own lifestyle — practicing physical distancing in order to #FlattenTheCurve. We need changemakers to support each other, join with neighbors and inspire others to do the same. Whether you’re...
We live in a rapidly changing world — and perhaps that’s never felt more true than in the midst of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has taken thousands of lives, separated families and communities, shuttered businesses, eliminated jobs, and cast a cloud of uncertainty over the future. In the midst of...

Learning For Holistic Wellbeing

How can we transform education systems and create holistic learning experiences that emphasise personal, communal and planetary wellbeing? This question was at the core of discussions at the RoundGlass Learning Summit on ‘Learning for Holistic Wellbeing’, which took place in Jaisalmer, India, from...

Emerging Insights: The 2019 Ashoka Fellows

In analyzing the work of 78 elected Fellows, we looked for patterns in their visions for social change and in the strategies and tools they have been using to achieve them. Please find below our 8 stories on Environment and Climate Change, Young People, Health Care, Education, Science and Technology...
This is the question that Ashoka has been asking for 40 years. Our search for social entrepreneurs has been, at its heart, a quest to find the individuals among us who see what’s underneath social challenges and work to change the systems that are at the root of these problems. Below are stories...
Meet our Ashoka Fellows in the Netherlands

Are you curious about the incredible social innovators we have in the Netherlands? Follow the link to learn more about our fellows.

Ashoka in the Netherlands

Ashoka’s country and regional offices around the world co-create and co-lead Ashoka’s programming. This enables our global changemaker community to capture and act upon emerging insights, knowledge, and talents of innovators from a wide range of cultural and regional contexts. 

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Ashoka's Priorities and Theory of Change

Ashoka focuses on four strategic priorities to help people understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change, where everyone is called on to be a leader: 

Social Entrepreneurship

Ashoka selects world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.

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Empathy & Young Changemaking

 Ashoka is leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they thrive in today’s rapidly changing world where everyone must be a changemaker. Changemaking starts with empathy.

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Organizing for Changemaking

Living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.

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News From the World of Changemakers
Donate to Support Changemakers Everywhere

Donating to Ashoka enables us to elect new social entrepreneurs into our fellowship, provide support services to existing Fellows, and launch collaborations between Fellows, corporations, and citizen sector organizations to promote continued innovation in areas of pressing global need.

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How society helps children grow up needs fundamental innovation at least as urgently as in how it produces computers. That is why Ashoka is so important. It finds, helps launch, and then links and leverages the most powerful social innovations and innovators.

Carol Bellamy
Former Executive Director, UNICEF

Bill Drayton emphasized to us [that] empathy is increasingly becoming our primary resource for dealing with the exponential rate of change the world is going through.

Arianna Huffington
Founder, The Huffington Post
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We recognize a new era is about to start. In this new era, empathy and changemaking skills, which Ashoka exemplifies, would equip our young people to lead the country.

Kan Suzuki
Professor at Tokyo University and Keio University
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No matter a person’s abilities, if he or she helps others – to that degree he or she will be powerful, happy, and long-lived. That’s why Ashoka’s leadership in building a world where everyone is a changemaker, i.e., a giver, makes it so special and powerful.

Timothy P. Shriver
Chairman, the Special Olympics

Forbes knows that the story is change. No one sees that more clearly than Ashoka. It has an extraordinary ability both to envision the big, new patterns and to engineer their emergence.

Recommend a Changemaker

Ashoka recognizes that it cannot possibly source the world’s leading changemakers on its own. Good nominators ensure that Ashoka receives a constant flow of promising candidates as well as an invaluable perspective on the current innovation in the sector.