About Ashoka Philippines

"In a world where everyone will suffer through the consequences of change, the common good can only truly be achieved when we all collectively actively change."

Rico Gonzalez, Chairperson of Ashoka Philippines

Ashoka is the first and largest network of leading social innovators in the world. Founded in 1980, Ashoka pioneered and helped establish the field of social entrepreneurship. There are now over 3,500 Ashoka Fellows in 93 countries who are working in all fields – from health and human rights to education and the environment.  

Ashoka is helping accelerate the pace of change by finding social entrepreneurs and providing them with personal stipends, professional support services, connections to a global network, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world.

Since 2013, Ashoka has been electing Ashoka Fellows from the Philippines. Ashoka is also nurturing a culture of changemaking through creative coalitions, knowledge sharing, and open collaboration with multi-sector partners who look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems. 

Today, Ashoka is aiming for its next paradigm shift: a world in which everyone is a changemaker.  

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Our Programs

Ashoka Venture and Fellowship


"Ashoka finds changemakers who are innovating their way through systemic problems, connects them with each other and networks of support, to find solutions that will endure and scale and remake the very systems that allow these problems to persist.  We find them in the early days of their work, when the support and assistance of like-minded Fellows hold the greatest potential to scale their impact, and we commit to lend that support over their lifetimes."

Rico Gonzalez, Chairperson of Ashoka Philippines

Ashoka is finding and supporting high-impact problem-solvers. Ashoka Fellows are practical visionaires and are some of the world's top social innovators. Motivated by public gain, they are changing the world for the better.

To become an Ashoka Fellow, candidates must meet Ashoka's 5-point criteria and go through Ashoka's global selection process. Once elected into the global fellowship, Ashoka Fellows are granted a lifetime membership to the largest professional network of social innovators in the world.

If you know someone with an innovative solution to a social problem, nominate them

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Youth Years

“We prepare our students for jobs and careers, but we don’t teach them to think as individuals about what kind of world they would create.”

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate & Ashoka Global Academy Member

With increasingly interconnected global issues, compounded by rapid technological advancement, the world we live in presents a key challenge to our systems of education: how do we educate for an unknown future?

Ashoka believes that it is no longer enough to prepare for jobs. Young people must be taught to adapt, solve problems, and, ultimately, own their future. Youth Years is about building a community dedicated to transforming education by focusing on holistic growth.

With partners in academia, media, business, and government, Ashoka aims to put emphasis on instilling changemaking skills such as empathy, creativity, teamwork, and leadership. Changemaking skills can prepare young people to face old and new challenges with the goal of inspiring them to create positive social change and build a better world. 

If want to help prepare our children and young people for the future, partner with us

Ashoka Future Forum

We moved from a ‘one leader at a time’ system to an ‘everyone is a leader’ system. We moved from the siloed world where we’d have jobs of repetition to a changemaker world. If in the old game, it was ‘for every problem, a department’; in the new game, it’s ‘for every problem, a team.’

Hon. Henry De Sio, Jr., Ashoka's Global Chair on Framework Change

The world is defined by rapid change where the exchange of information and ideas have increased the individual’s capacity to innovate.For organizations to adapt, they must recognize that the strategic landscape has shifted from concentrated authority to collaborative leadership and from repetition to changemaking. 

Ashoka believes that a new framework is necessary to become effective changemakers in the face of disruptive change. 

In 2017, Ashoka Philippines hosted its first-ever Ashoka Future Forum entitled The New Game with Hon. Henry De Sio, Jr. in a fireside chat with Kickstart Ventures President Minette Navarrete and Ashoka Philippines Chairperson Rico Gonzalez. Henry also gave the keynote speech at the 8th National Social Entrepreneurship Conference in Ateneo de Manila University and did Rappler Talk with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. 

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If problems are complex and interconnected, then we also need to find solutions that are interconnected as well.

Terri Jayme-Mora, Country Manager of Ashoka Philippines

Ashoka values shared open spaces where people can connect, co-create, and collaborate.  

CommonGround is a collaborative platform where for innovative thinkers across sectors can share ideas and develop better solutions. Through CommonGround, participants can grow their professional network, engage in open and highly participative discussions, and potentially meet the people they need for future projects. 

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