Ashoka's Strategic Focus Areas

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Ashoka's four areas of focus and investment help people to understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change where everyone is called on to be a leader: 

  1. Social Entrepreneurship: Building Ashoka's collaborative fellowship networks of individuals who have catalyzed an irreversible social change through a new idea, and can demonstrate how to master the key skills for living in an Everyone a Changemaker world.
  2. Every Child Practicing Empathy: Making it a core value of society so that children can succeed in a world that increasingly relies on collaboration in a fluid, changing environment.
  3. Youth in ChargeEnsuring that society actively values the skills that teens must master and practice to be changemakers: empathy, teamwork, new leadership, and changemaking.
  4. Innovation in TeamsWorking with institutions to organize for success in the new strategic environment by tearing down walls so that they are working in fluid and open teams-of-teams.


Through the promotion and support of social entrepreneurs and agents of change at different levels (formal education system, social organizations, governments and companies), our work creates stories and examples of impact in a wide variety of fields within societies around the world. Scroll down to find links to stories and examples of how Ashoka and Ashoka's network are making an impact in these fields.

Focus Areas

Social Entrepreneurship
Every Child Practicing Empathy
Youth in Charge
Innovation in Teams

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