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    The Necessary Allies: Jobs and Environment

    Historia

    Two of the world’s most urgent tasks—protecting the environment and creating jobs—both have enormously broad public

    Words of Wisdom from 92 year old environmental social entrepreneur and newly elected senior Ashoka fellow Hayrettin Karca

    Historia

    This year Ashoka Turkey elected 92 year old Hayrettin Karaca as a senior fellow for his work leading the Turkish environmental movement.

    In Memory of Alvaro Ugalde, Ashoka Fellow and Father of Costa Rica's National Park System

    Historia

    The global community of Ashoka mourns the loss of fellow Alvaro Ugalde who along with Mario Bazo is seen as the father of Costa Rica’s National Par

    Urban Montessori

    Escuela Changemaker

    #LeadYoung - Saving gorillas by saving people: how Gladys Kalema transformed her teenage passion for animals into a radical social innovation

    Historia

    As a new graduate from veterinary school, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka invented her first job.

    #LeadYoung - Sarah Toumi: Leading change in rural areas of Tunisia since the age of 11

    Historia

    Starting your journey as a changemaker in your teams sticks with you for a lifetime. Climate change mitigator and Ashoka Fellow Sarah Toumi’s story of starting her changemaking journey at 11 shows this link: that in a world of rapid change where following the rules is no longer enough, success means being a changemaker and the earlier you start the better.

    François Marty is setting new standards and redefining what public housing should look like: Aesthetic, high quality, ecological houses. With municipalities, he is shifting the vision of public housing operators and demonstrating the economic viability of such houses. He is also creating and training an entirely new sector of social enterprises, employing those most marginalized in ecological construction.

    Building on his own experience in establishing Romania's first citizen-led national parks, Florin is catalyzing a citizen-driven movement for the creation of a functional system for protected areas in Romania. By connecting urban and rural communities through nature, he is creating incentive structures for businesses and individuals to unlock and exchange resources, showing how they can gain benefits from conservation.

    Ismael Ferreira is working to make Brazil's declining sisal industry competitive and to put more profits into the hands of the crop's many small producers. Grown in the dry Northeast, sisal is a drought-resistant cash crop that helps these farmers stay on their subsistence farms.