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Knowledge Powers Change

How Ashoka and The INKEY List are building a world where changemaking is a part of our everyday routine.
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Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change

The Changemaker Playbook is packed with tips for individuals and organizations navigating the new strategic landscape defined by disruptive change.

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We’re Living Through A Carbon Bubble—Here’s What We Can Do About It

As part of Ashoka’s Welcome Change series, Pip Wheaton spoke with Ashoka Fellow Mark Campanale (U.K.) about how climate change impacts financial markets, and how investors can support a sustainable future. Mark started the Carbon Tracker Initiative in 2009 that ended up placing terms like “carbon...
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Mutualism and The Next Economy

Mutualism is a way to understand our world. Instead of being stuck by the enormity of the world’s problems, mutualism enables us to uncover existing local solutions whose growth is centered on communities and people rather than a turbo-charged profit strategy that leads to big box uniformity. It...
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How parents are protecting Black genius

Creating learning environments rooted in community wisdom

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Ashoka founder Bill Drayton on his life-long goal to create an "everyone a changemaker" world

Joining Michael on today’s Change Makers is Bill Drayton, the founder and CEO of Ashoka. For more than 40 years, Ashoka has built and nurtured the largest network of leading social entrepreneurs in the world. Described as one of America’s best leaders and the “godfather of social entrepreneurship”...
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Young Changemaker Ara Kusuma shares her vision for a better world

“The future is in our hands. Everyone can take a role, no matter your age or where you live.”

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This Is What We Did—When Climate Action Is Our Legacy

The climate movement has been strengthened in recent years thanks to the leadership of our youth. Yet, for the first time in our history there are more people over the age of 65 than below 5. How can we bring our elders into this movement? Meet Ashoka Fellow Jim Thompson who he is dedicating his...

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Young leaders offer wisdom for the road ahead

The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving a deep socio-economic impact on young people. Nevertheless, young people are among the most active responders: not only as frontline health workers, but as researchers, activists, communicators and innovators lifting up their communities. Despite their contributions...
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Meet Finland’s young changemakers of the year

Youth leaders take on sustainability, from sneakers to skyscrapers

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Ashoka Fellow Dianna Ortiz, American Nun Tortured in Guatemala, Dies at 62

She became a champion of survivors of torture and helped compel the release of documents showing U.S. complicity in decades of human rights abuses in Guatemala

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Traditional Knowledge, 21C Tech

Situating traditional Inuit knowledge in 21st-century challenges to solve environmental and social-justice issues in the Arctic

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A new mindset for philanthropists

More on the challenge of changing norms in philanthropy — and creative ideas for action

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Mutualism: Building the Next Economy from the Ground Up

A way to build our next safety net in America through local organizations we know and trust

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Who cares? Carers on the global agenda

Social entrepreneurs reimagine how society supports those who care for others

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Educate for Change

Flavio Bassi works for social entrepreneurship, inspired by popular education and indigenous peoples

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Deaf Culture, Deaf Creatives, And The Quest For Language Exposure

Melissa Malzkuhn started Motion Light Lab to create sign language learning and literacy resources for Deaf children—using emerging technology and storytelling. Melissa, who is third-generation Deaf, comes from a line of storytellers. Her grandmother, a pioneering Deaf rights advocate, inspired her...
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What Could Be: Championing Local Communities Through Social Entrepreneurship

Often referred to as a “social innovation champion,” Dr. Diana Wells, President Emerita of, has used her many international experiences to positively impact under-resourced communities by fostering social entrepreneurship and changemaking. Dr. Wells’ first global experience—which she calls her...
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Aligning Education With a Changing World

Students across the globe have been forced to adapt rapidly the past year as schools have tried to combat the spread of COVID-19. Many changes have been practical and surface level, such as moving lessons online. Yet there are deeper currents prompting forward-looking educators, parents, and...
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How we bring generations together

Ashoka Fellow Marc Freedman wants to see younger and older people work together

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