Get to know our Fellows in Switzerland!

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In Switzerland, Ashoka nominates one or two social entrepreneurs every year to be part of our fellowship programme. Ashoka fellows are visionaries who develop innovative solutions that fundamentally change how society operates. They find what is not working and address the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps. They are creative, yet pragmatic, constantly adjusting and changing, with a committed vision that endures until they have succeeded. Our strategy is now based in part on supporting these most innovative  entrepreneurs, and on the other hand identifying and accelerating trends that are ushering us in new paradigms.

We are now proud and glad to introduce you to our Swiss fellows here:

 

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NICOLA FORSTER, FORAUS, elected in 2016

With FORAUS, Nicola is gathering independent ideas from foreign policy enthusiasts, not only to motivate young people to engage in politics, but  also to provide opportunities to discuss impartially and address problems in a scientific manner. > Video

 

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ANDRAS VAMOS-GOLDMAN, JUSTICE RAPID RESPONSE (JRR), elected in 2015

Through JRR, Andras is strengthening the capacity of the international community to investigate the world's worst crimes and find the perpetrators. > Video

 

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CHRISTOPHE DUNAND, REALISE, elected in 2014

With Réalise, Christophe works to avoid the exclusion of long-term unemployed persons from the labor market due to their lack of diploma, age, and/or cultural origins. > Video

 

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CAROLINE KANT, ESPERARE, elected in 2014

With EspaRare, Caroline  has implemented  an innovative model with new medical treatments for patients suffering from rare diseases, and this at an affordable cost. > Video

 

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CARSTEN RÜBSAAMEN, BOOKBRIDGE, elected in 2013

With Bookbridge, Carsten is empowering people from the "global north" and "global south" to do what they really are, making them think and act as entrepreneurs. This project aims at shaping the next generation of leaders with business and leadership skills, through experiential learning and community-based learning centres. > Video

 

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JERÓNIMO CALDERÓN, EUFORIA, elected in 2012

With Euforia, Jerónimo has created a youth-led movement  that transforms social change into a desired lifestyle for Generation Y. Euforia offers highly engaging event-trainings for young people and executives to become more actively involved in finding local solutions to global challenges, for instance by changing their consumption style, by volunteering or by starting their own social initiatives. > Video

 

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KAREN TSE, INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE (IBJ), elected in 2004

IBJ is dedicated to ensure that every man, woman and child in the world has effective defense council. To achieve a worldwide movement, the organization employs a multi-stakeholder approach partnering with governments, public defenders, judges and lawyers for infrastructural change. >Video

 

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CHRISTIANE DAEPP, OFFICE OF IDEAS, elected in 2008

With the "Office of ideas", Christiane helps children use their creativity and idealism to become active problem solvers in their communities, through extracurricular activities in schools. > Video

 

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MARKUS GANDER, INFOKLICK.CH, elected in 2008

With Infoklick.ch, Markus is giving young people across Switzerland the chance to connect with each other through a platform that facilitates younger and older people's engagement,  to work together towards social change. > Video

 

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LARS STEIN, STUDIENAKTIE.ORG, elected in 2012 / ALUMNI

With Studienacktie.org, Lars closed the last gaps in the Swiss financing system for higher education, developing a peer-to-peer lending mechanism that offers  a new and fully non-discriminatory way of funding to students without financial support. > Video

 

 

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CHRISTINE THEODOLOZ-WALKER, INTEGRATION POUR TOUS (IPT), elected in 2008 / ALUMNI

With IPT, Christine has been transforming the way the Swiss public and private systems support individuals who have lost their jobs due to  health problems. Doing so, she is  transforming the Swiss social welfare system into a model that can easily be transferred to other European contexts and beyond.

 

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MARIE-DOMINIQUE GENOUD, AS'TRAME, elected in 2007 / ALUMNI

With As'trame, Marie-Dominique has been providing families with a simple and efficient system - the "reliance  paths" - that helps them to cope with the emotional severance that follows divorce, death or adoption.  It is a holistic approach for allkinds of trauma, encompassing every step from the recognition of the problem throuh to healing and closure. > Video

 

 

 

 
This article was originally published on August 18, 2016
Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Civic Engagement, Development & Prosperity, Environment & Sustainability, Health & Fitness, Human Rights & Equality, Peace & Harmonious Relations

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