Meet the newest Ashoka Fellows in the Nordics
We are proud to announce our new Ashoka fellows: Jimmy Westerheim (Founder of The Human Aspect Foundation in Norway); Jenny Lindström-Beijar (Founder of Our Normal Association in Sweden) and Markus Raivio (Co-founder of Kukunori and the first-ever elected fellow in Finland).
Newest Ashoka Fellow in Sweden Jenny Lindström-Beijar is changing the way we think of "normal" to better support and connect families of children with disabilities
Her organization called ‘Our Normal’ connects families to show they are not alone in trying to find spaces that respect and are better suited to their children’s disabilities. Central to this process is the ability to build communities that both can be there to support each other, as well as being a...
Democratizing mental health challenges as a shared experience: Jimmy Westerheim, newest Ashoka Fellow in Norway
New Ashoka fellow in Norway Jimmy Westerheim is shifting understanding of mental health challenges, exposing how they are common struggles of a shared human experience. His organization “The Human Aspect” is paving the way for this shift by opening the discussion of mental wellbeing. Individual...
First Ashoka Fellow in Finland, Markus Raivio is redesigning mental health care through culture and collaboration
The first Ashoka Fellow in Finland and co-founder of Kukunori, Markus Raivio, is leading the way for a functional peer support mindset in mental health care.
Transforming long-term care for the elderly: Lone Koldby
Lone is a changemaker, social-entrepreneur and trained physiotherapist who works to humanize elderly care. She does so through her organization Activity Dose, which encourages caring for the whole individual using an empathy-based and individualized approach to caring for the elderly in nursing...
Collaborative Systems Change: the way forward
Welcome to our fourth special episode of a podcast series developed in collaboration with Leading with social impact*. In this episode, we present you to the award-winning and leading social entrepreneur Jeroo Billimoria.
A call for future Changemakers: be unreasonable, and be fair.
Welcome to our third episode of Ashoka Nordic special podcast series, developed in collaboration with Leading with social impact. In our third episode, we present you to our inspiring Nordic Fellow Thorkil Sonne as well as to the European Leader of Ashoka, Marie Ringler. Thorkil is the founder of...
Doing business differently to ensure healthcare access
Welcome to our second special episode of a podcast series developed in collaboration with Leading with social impact*. In this second episode, we present you to our fantastic Nordic Fellow Rustam Nabiev.
Launching Ashoka Nordic's Special Podcast - Diversity & Inclusion
In 2021, Ashoka Nordic celebrates its 10th anniversary, which of course means reflecting and celebrating what has happened in the field of social entrepreneurship and Changemaking since the start, and setting a new bold direction for the upcoming decade.
Housing and entrepreneurship at the heart of Changemaker ecosystems
The superpower of changemakers – what if we only had a new normal?
In this series we are getting to know some Finnish changemakers, as Ashoka has just launched it's office in Helsinki and is actively looking for the first Finnish Ashoka Fellow and inspiring Young Changemakers.
Turning a challenge into a solution
Markus Raivio, leading social entrepreneur and participant of the Finnish Changemaker Map, founded Kukunori in 2012 to design a completely new way of working with mental health patients through culture.
Finnish Changemakers – Mission trumps identity in an emerging field
Today we launch the findings of the Finnish Changemaker Mapping, a health check of the ecosystem of Changemakers and Social entrepreneurs in Finland. Carried out in partnership with Sitra Lab, this is the latest in a series of Changemaker maps that have been conducted by Ashoka across Europe.
From Turkey to Sweden to spread regenerative agriculture
Durukan joined the Ashoka Fellowship in 2017 and has recently moved to Sweden to adapt and duplicate his main area of work, regenerative agriculture, where he produces the highest nutritious food while going much beyond sustainability and improving the ecosystems.
Meet Amanda Sundell, our new Finland Country Manager
Amanda Sundell, herself a social entrepreneur, is originally from Helsinki. However, she has also lived abroad for several years working with the civil society and the United Nations (UN) in the Balkans. Now we are welcoming her as Ashoka’s first Country Manager in Finland.
Meet Empower: How to tackle plastic waste using blockchain
The world is facing an unprecedented level of plastic waste. Transparency, traceability and accountability are now more relevant than ever when it comes to the material that is choking our oceans.
"I never tried that before, so I should definitely be able to do it"
This is a quote from Pippi Longstocking, perhaps the most famous character created by the much beloved Astrid Lindgren. Today, Tuesday 8 October, we gather our Nordic Ashoka community at Junibacken to celebrate the first eight years as a community.
The Right To Relate: Cycling Without Age
Social Entrepreneurship should start in school
How do we work with Social Entrepreneurship? What does Social Entrepreneurship mean for you? What skills do you think a Social Entrepreneur need?
Social entrepreneurs are ambitious and persistent — tackling major issues and offering new ideas for systems-level change. They model changemaking behavior, and catalyze organizations and movements where everyone can be changemaker.