How society helps children grow up needs fundamental innovation at least as urgently as in how it produces computers. That is why Ashoka is so important. It finds, helps launch, and then links and leverages the most powerful social innovations and innovators.
All around us we see evidence that we now live in a world of accelerating change, volatility, and hyperconnectivity. Yet, societies around the world continue to focus on an old idea that “success” for...
In 2018, Ashoka led one of the largest and most diverse studies of system changing social entrepreneurs ever conducted. And we found that Ashoka Fellows are having systems-level impact — 74 percent...
This collection showcases how our 2018 Ashoka Fellows are working to affect change on today's most pressing issues.
Ashoka's Priorities and Theory of Change
Ashoka focuses on four strategic priorities to help people understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change, where everyone is called on to be a leader:
Ashoka selects world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.
Every Child Practicing Empathy
To thrive in today’s rapidly changing world, everyone must be a changemaker, and changemaking starts with empathy.
Ashoka is leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they have the power to lead, to contribute — to be in charge.
Organizing for Changemaking
Living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.
Carol BellamyFormer Executive Director, UNICEF
Bill Drayton emphasized to us [that] empathy is increasingly becoming our primary resource for dealing with the exponential rate of change the world is going through.Arianna HuffingtonFounder, The Huffington Post
We recognize a new era is about to start. In this new era, empathy and changemaking skills, which Ashoka exemplifies, would equip our young people to lead the country.Kan SuzukiProfessor at Tokyo University and Keio University
No matter a person’s abilities, if he or she helps others – to that degree he or she will be powerful, happy, and long-lived. That’s why Ashoka’s leadership in building a world where everyone is a changemaker, i.e., a giver, makes it so special and powerful.Timothy P. ShriverChairman, the Special Olympics
Forbes knows that the story is change. No one sees that more clearly than Ashoka. It has an extraordinary ability both to envision the big, new patterns and to engineer their emergence.Forbes