The Ashoka Journal

The Ashoka Journal is a collection of alternative perspectives on contemporary issues taken from across our network. In conversation with leading academics, business leaders, social entrepreneurs and educators we consider how 'changemakers' approaches could shape current crises, from the climate change to poverty.

 

 

Weaving the #FabricofChange: the moral crisis of fast fashion

Each year, 80 billion pieces of clothing are purchased across the globe, which is 400% more than 10 years ago. Unsurprisingly these sales constitute a major financial market. The fashion brand Christian Dior is one of the biggest companies in the world — last year their sales totalled $41.6 billion,...
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Lessons on Leadership: In Conversation with Richard Collier-Keywood, Global Vice-Chairman of PwC

Ashoka’s Meera Patel met with Richard Collier-Keywood, Global Vice Chairman of PwC to discuss leadership in a changing world and how to build purpose and values in organisations. Meera Patel (MP) : PwC’s mission is quoted as ‘to build trust in society and solve important problems’. I just wanted to...
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Politics in the wake of Brexit: In Conversation with Stephen Kinnock, MP

Ashoka UK’s Meera Patel caught up with Labour MP Stephen Kinnock to discuss building a constructive politics in the wake of the vote to leave the EU. Meera Patel (MP): What are the implications of Brexit for young people? Stephen Kinnock (SK): It poses a fundamental question about our future as a...
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Surviving in the Modern World: In conversation with Sir Ken Robinson

[Transcript] Ross Hall (RH) : What skills are essential for humanity to thrive in the modern world? Sir Ken Robinson (KR) : Well, there’s a lot of talk these days about 21st century skills and I go along with a great deal of it, my only reservation about the idea of 21st century skills is that when...
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Scotland and England – a different value base for social entrepreneurship?

When I was visiting London recently from my home town, Edinburgh, someone asked me if Scotland and England were now completely different places? The question was asked in the context of the angst created by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the consequent political uncertainty which...
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How do you unite a divided nation? You put young people in charge

As chaos consumed the UK in the aftermath of the European referendum, questions of leadership and economics dominated the political landscape. With a rapidly crashing economy and deep uncertainty, everyone from politicians, academics to business leaders were forecasting, debating and analysing. But...
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AI, Big Data and the Future of Your Classroom- In Conversation with Priya Lakhani, founder of CENTURY

Ashoka UK’s Meera Patel sat down with Priya Lakhani Founder and CEO of Century Tech to discuss what education looks like from the perspective of a tech startup. Meera Patel:How do you view the education system today? Priya Lakhani: I think it works for some but it’s very broken for many people, it’s...
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A New League of ‘Barefoot Lawyers’ Will Transform Justice in the Next 15 Years

For the average person, a lawyer may conjure up the image of a professional in a buttoned-down jacket straight out of the legal drama Suits. But not to Nadim Hossain , a local pharmacist in the city of Khulna, Bangladesh. One of 300,000 Urdu-speaking Bangladeshis settled in a refugee camp set up by...
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Meet the social entrepreneurs who are defining the future of healthcare

There is a global crisis in healthcare; the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one billion people lack access to basic care, and a further 100 million are pushed into poverty trying to access it. The situation doesn’t look likely to improve. The WHO estimates that there will be a deficit...
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We need innovations that empower billions

The World Economic Forum’s assertion that we are living through an era of unprecedentedly profound technological change is meant to pose one very big question to the world: how can we secure all the benefits of this mammoth shift while avoiding the troubling downsides? Put another way, what measures...
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A school with a no punishment and no reward approach

Can you imagine a primary school where no child is punished, and teachers do not raise their voices in anger? Can you imagine a step further – a primary school where children are not rewarded for good behaviour or good marks? This is the ethos of Barrowford Primary School , an Ashoka Changemaker...
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