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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...
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New Year's Lunch: Partnering with Big Businesses

On January 9th, Ashoka Netherlands started off the 2020 calendar with a new year’s lunch, involving the Ashoka team, ASN and Ashoka fellows. Two Ashoka fellows – Aart van Veller, co-founder of Vandebron, and Bas van Abel, founder of Fairphone – were invited to share their stories and to talk about...
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CircularFutures: Lead the Change

Ashoka Netherlands is launching CircularFutures!
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Meet the Dutch Ashoka Fellows

Meet the Dutch Ashoka Fellows Are you curious about the incredible social innovators we have in the Netherlands? Keep reading and learn more about our Dutch Ashoka Fellows! Our first fellow was selected in 2009, and we are proud to say that over the past few years, we have managed to greatly expand...
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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 Nederland banner, red carpet entrance

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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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

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
Japan State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology

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.