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Markus Raivio

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2022

Finland

Frustrated by how deficit-based models of mental healthcare can leave clients feeling broken and disempowered, Markus has developed a new approach that prioritizes clients’ passions and strengths so that they can co-create with and feel connected to peers, re-discover a sense of purpose and agency...

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Sonja Betschart

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2022

Switzerland

Frustrated by the tendency of iNGOs to emphasize project delivery over cultivation of local expertise, Sonja has created a new approach to ensure that those with lived experience in and knowledge of local context in the Majority World drive the design and implementation of technology rich solutions...

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Jimmy Westerheim

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2022

Norway

By both empowering people to access their own resources and facilitating conversation about mental health across culture, ideology and age, Jimmy Westerheim is reframing struggle as fundamentally human to bridge the isolation that stigma associated with struggle too often brings.

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Neil Aldrin Mallari

Elected in Aug 2021

Philippines

To make conservation accessible and effective, Aldrin reimagines a science-based natural resource management in the Philippines as one where everyone can participate through an enabling environment that demonstrates new ways of seeing and working together across disciplines.

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Makoto Watanabe

Elected in Aug 2021

Japan

Makoto Watanabe is taking advantage of the rise of online social media to create an “Everyone an Investigative Journalist” social movement in Japan.

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Ann Dumaliang

Elected in Aug 2021

Philippines

Ann is creating a new standard for the parks, conserved, and protected area system in the Philippines to be self-sustaining, civically engaging, and innovatively designing shared experiences that engender a love of nature and place and the desire to protect it.

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Rodrigo Savazoni

Elected in Aug 2021

Brazil

Rodrigo is reconnecting people and organizations around social and environmental challenges within their communities, using technologies and collaborative methods. Spreading the methodology in various spots, Rodrigo is promoting the reconstruction of civic participation from the bottom up to bring...

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Elisabeth Cardoso

Elected in Aug 2021

Brazil

Beth is paving the way for rural women to access training opportunities, financing, and other public programs through a data gathering and educational tool that sheds light on the work undertaken by women in rural areas, recognizing their role in the economy and enabling them to access a series of...

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Valmir Ortega

Elected in Aug 2021

Brazil

Valmir created Conexsus to act as an enabler and connector, filling the value chains’ gaps to strengthen a new economy, bypassing political and economic barriers, and creating a systemic impact. By having this approach, Conexsus empowers legitimate actors in their expertise field and bridges ground...

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Jörg Knüfken

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2021

Germany

Jörg Knüfken believes that every German teacher needs to have the capacity to build positive, eye-level relationships that serve as the foundation for educational environments where students can thrive. With Changewriters e.V. Jörg introduces a multi-step transformation process for the education...

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