What Is A Changemaker?

What is a Changemaker
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This article originally appeared on www.fastcoexist.com

A remarkable thing happened last week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: Bill Clinton chose to encapsulate Hillary’s public service career with one description: "She is the best darn changemaker I have ever known."

News outlets around the world carried headlines about the speech, with some wondering, what is a changemaker?

For us at Ashoka—a network that has been dedicated to building an "Everyone A Changemaker" world for more than a decade—it’s an exciting moment to witness changemaking become part of our collective consciousness. And it's even better when it prompts a debate about who might qualify as the most effective changemaker.

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We live in a rapidly transforming, increasingly interconnected world. The size and complexity of global challenges needs changemakers of every shape and size. As Engineers Without Borders founder and inspiring changemaker George Roter says, "Everyone has changemaking in their DNA; it’s just a matter of unlocking it."

Authors

Kris Herbst works with Ashoka's Framework Change team as chief editor for the Ashoka.org website. Prior to that he was Director of Community for Ashoka's Changemakers, leading a team that mobilizes participation in scaling-up social innovation and manages content and communications channels using traditional and social media. He is a founding member of the Changemakers website team beginning in 1998. Prior to joining Ashoka in 1998, he developed websites for clients including National Press Club and Biotechnology Industry Organization. Journalism experience includes: Saturday Review magazine assistant editor; BioCentury newsletter contributing editor; freelance journalist and television news producer for clients including Nippon TV Network and NHK Television. He received a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
Reem Rahman works at Ashoka Changemakers as a Product and Knowledge Manager to help anyone with an idea for social change succeed in making a difference. She is passionate about creating open-source tools for learning and designs products to increase collaboration, impact, and sustainability. These have included a dashboard for every user to receive custom feedback, the Changemakers Guide to Pitching and Crash Course, and guides on trends in social innovation.

Prior to joining Ashoka, Reem was one of the Managing Directors for the innovative Rethinking Islamic Reform forum in the UK, which has reached over a hundred thousand viewers to date and she directed communications and public relations for a civil rights group in Chicago
Tim is a Tampa, FL-based Director for Ashoka Changemakers. During his tenure, he has led day-to-day delivery of our Start Empathy, Re-imagine Learning, and Children's Wellbeing engagements, among others. Prior to arriving in Arlington, he served as Innovation Manager for International Bridges to Justice, where he conceptualized and managed collaborative competitions specific to the human rights sector. From 2001 to 2005, Tim served as Communications Manager for GlobalGiving, where he helped launch, publicize, and populate an online marketplace for international philanthropy. He has also worked as a Farber Intern for REDF, a leader for Overland’s rocky mountain service and backpacking summer program, and a consultant for AES Sonel investigating rural electrification opportunities in Cameroon. Tim has BAs in English Lit and Poli Sci from Bucknell University and an MBA from Duke University, where he was a CASE Social Sector Scholar.

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