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Surviving Hurricane Hugo as a child eventually drove Gaël Musquet to create a citizen-led approach to disaster management. Gaël combines local citizens, authorities, and “hacktivists”—experts who use computers to solve problems for social good—to better coordinate communities before, during, and after a natural disaster.
Building on her initial idea of channeling excess amounts of retail stock to unemployed women in townships so they can start their own businesses, Tracey Chambers created “upskilling and business launch hubs” in the three largest metro areas in South Africa—Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. With a growing number of business models for unemployed women and men, she continues to expand the reach of her hub network in other cities.
Wala Kasmi has helped open the political system for young Tunisians. She is also enabling them to turn their skills as digital natives into jobs and prosperity. Both strengthen democracy in Tunisia—rare in the region—and lessen radicalization.
Introducing Ashoka's 2018 Emerging Insights report, showcasing the work of Fellows elected in 2018 who are solving the world most pressing issues.
José Shabot Cherem breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and displacement that affects construction workers in Mexico by bringing education, vocational training, and personal development opportunities to construction sites.
By producing and disseminating robust human rights and evidence-based research, Sachin Jain is persuading journalists in India to go beyond chasing salacious headlines and web page views and produce investigative journalism that impacts major social problems. By strengthening relationships between civil society and the media, he encourages journalists to go to citizen sector organizations (CSOs) when looking for story ideas instead of stalking Bollywood or the business beat.
Microbiologist Mabel Torres grew up in one of Colombia’s poorest regions and returned to combine science and entrepreneurship and launch a growing
Recognizing that the women’s movement in Sri Lanka needs a new generation of leaders after its deadly civil war, Shreen Saroor is creating a cadre of young women who are bringing new solutions to overcome the socio-cultural inequalities that have long prevented women from exercising full citizenship in the country.
As a new teacher in London, Tom Ravenscroft became increasingly alarmed at the gap between what his students were learning and the skills required for a 21st century workforce. He designed a modern curriculum at his kitchen table and eventually launched Enabling Enterprise, an organization that proves “soft” skills are as relevant as literacy and math in preparing today’s students for the workforce and beyond.
Battling the traditional approach that treats the Roma as a separate ethnic group, Carlo Stasolla works at the institutional, community and civil society levels to show that Europe’s most marginalized population is worthy of basic human rights, social services, and respect.