Putting love and respect into action for the good of all
At Ashoka, we are privileged to be immersed with leaders who are changing dynamics that affect our global community. The Spiritual Changemakers Initiative was born from the emerging collaboration with people whose spirituality or faith sustains their life, joy, and work to build a better world.
We are a platform for spiritually-diverse leaders who are doing something about the challenges facing our societies, including how our Spiritual Ecosystem is shifting.
Beautiful wisdom has emerged from faith traditions that grapple with the most profound human experiences, and indigenous communities have kept ancient wisdom alive through resistance. However, the structures that have defined our faith narratives have been limited, flawed, and responsible for extraction and dehumanization on multiple levels.
As we become more interconnected worldwide, we see potential in offering spaces for collaboration and exchange for spiritually-inspired leaders who are active in building a more equitable and generous world.
The Spiritual Changemakers Initiative does not represent any faith or spiritual position, and instead, we generate meaning from co-creating with changemakers who expand our spiritual belonging.
We hope to connect you to diverse and enriching perspectives.
We are glad you are here!
More about Ashoka's Spiritual Changemakers Initiative
The Spiritual Changemakers Initiative began in 2017 with Ashoka envisioning what might happen if the estimated 55% of people worldwide for whom their faith and spiritual beliefs are important in their lives could be engaged more as changemakers. In 2018 Ashoka’s partnership with the Los Altos United Methodist Church led to the first Changemaker Initiative and to the organization of that name created by the team that coalesced out of that first effort.
In 2021, Ashoka and Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies began a partnership to build an interfaith ecosystem supporting Spiritual Changemakers with the leadership skills, tools and mindsets needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century, with the goal of sustaining leaders of these efforts whether they are clergy, lay people, individual innovators, academic players, or other institutional actors.
In 2021 and 2022 Ashoka began offering Masterclasses for Faith-Inspired Changemakers around the world – in Indonesia, Philippines, and globally in English, Spanish and Portuguese, leading Spiritual Changemakers to become more engaged with each other, with Ashoka and with changemaking.
As this initiative continues globally and includes other partners, we are building a community of highly diverse participants with a variety of spiritually- or faith-inspired changemaking initiatives. We are open to all spiritual practices, faith traditions and denominations who believe in working for the good of all people.
Working with players active at the ecosystem level, we are bringing them together in conversation and collaboration to accelerate the transformation of our spiritual ecosystem and create room for spiritual changemakers to thrive.
Our Team of Teams: