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What Ashoka does

 

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of Fellows, Young Changemakers, Changemaker Institutions, and beyond who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker – a person that sees themselves as capable of creating large-scale change.

Together, we mobilize (and accelerate) a movement to build an "Everyone a Changemaker" world and directly address the new inequality facing our societies worldwide.

 

Founded

1980

See how our story began

Elected

4000+

Ashoka Fellows

Fellows from

95+

Countries

Employs

250+

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Ashoka's Impact

 

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82% of Ashoka social entrepreneurs have had their innovations replicated in other geographies

 

With 88% of Ashoka social entrepreneurs encouraging people to think differently and 89% of Fellows putting young people in charge, Ashoka's Changemaker community is modeling what it takes to build a world of Changemakers and ensure everyone is included.

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76% of educators believe developing changemaker mindsets among young people is an urgent need

 

Ashoka and First book are uncovering from educators what it takes to reach young people from low-income and historically excluded communities to solve the problems they most care about: a Changemaker mindset that integrates their perspectives and lived experiences.

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Ye! Changemaker

An Everyone a Changemaker World is accelerating. Ashoka is documenting how


Ashoka's Changemaker Community co-creates a world where solutions and Changemakers may outrun problems. Ashoka's library of reports documents the trends, provides transparency of our actions and invites you to start your own Changemaking journey today.

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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
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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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Being involved with Ashoka has set a high bar for the rest of philanthropy [...] because I can see that these are the people who are driving true change. [...] Most important about what Ashoka is doing is that they make people believe that change is possible. That belief can go viral.

Anne Wojcicki
Co-Founder and CEO, 23andMe
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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
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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.

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The results of Ashoka’s shared leadership with the focus on solving social challenges is clear: 74 percent of Fellows have managed to change the legislation or have influenced public policies.

La Vanguardia
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[Ashoka] functions as a collaborative network that supports and amplifies change by bringing together changemakers.

India Today
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