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Two Ashoka Fellows Win Goldman Prize

We are thrilled to congratulate Ashoka Germany Fellow Ursula Sladek and Ashoka Indonesia Fellow Prigi Arisandi, who were just announced as 2 of 6 winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize! The annual award, often referred to as the Nobel Prize for the environment, recognizes “grassroots environmental heroes around the world for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.

A Tribute to Shyam Chainani

On December 25, 2011, Shyam Chainani, the green activist and Founder of the Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG), passed away. He was one of the key environment and urban planning pioneers and champions, first in Bombay and then all of India and also beyond. In addition, he was an early, key India Member of Ashoka.

The Ashoka community in India and around the world has lost a great friend.

Operating in the Gray Area

David Bornstein addresses the ever widening gray area between some social programs and the business sector.

Markets on a Mission

Mission Markets provides a centralized platform for social and environmental capital transactions

India's Green Revolution on NPR

“In India, ground zero for the Green Revolution was the state of Punjab, which borders Pakistan and the foothills of the Himalayas. And the system seemed to work miracles — for a while.”

Listen to Daniel Zwerdling report on growing problems in India’s Farming ‘Revolution’ on NPR: Part 1 and Part 2.

Rob Hopkins and a Farm for the Future

Ashoka Fellow Rob Hopkins (United Kingdom, elected 2009) is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network.  Last year, Rob wrote a story about the BBC documentary Natural World: A Farm for the Future.  The film documents filmmaker Rebecca Hosking's attempt to transform her family's farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future.  With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca explores ways o

How Much Gas Do You Emit?

Most people underestimate the effect of household energy consumption on CO2 pollution, though statistics show that households and small consumers account for nearly 25 percent of all CO2 emissions.
I know that I would like to reduce my own energy consumption, but sometimes it is difficult to know how or where to start. Now, imagine if we could check our household energy consumption rates as easily and as often as some of us check our Facebook newsfeed. Our world could be infinitely more energy-conscious.

Ashoka Fellow Andy Lipkis in 'Dirt'

On April 20, 2010 PBS aired "Dirt! The Movie", which explores the ways in which human activity has endangered the quality of our soil, leading to numerous environmental issues. It askes "how can humans reconnect to dirt, the living skin of the planet?"

One of their interview subjects is Ashoka Fellow Andy Lipkis, the founder of TreePeople. Here's an excerpt from Andy's interview:

Mobilizing Efforts and Resources: Ashoka Fellows Respond to Reconstruct Chile

On the 27th of February, Chile was hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the fifth most powerful earthquake in history. Moments after the earthquake, Ashoka’s staff in the Southern Cone were in contact with the 34 Ashoka Fellows residing in Chile to offer them psychological support and appraise their needs. Ashoka has now been able to communicate with nearly all of them, and although the material losses are great, the Fellows, their families and constituents are accounted for and safe.
 

Economic Alternatives to Regenerate Rainforests in Indonesia

Last Thursday, I had the privilege of sitting in on a presentation given by Dr. Willie Smits, a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, where I currently work as an intern for the Full Economic Citizenship program.  Born in Norway but a nationalized and 30-year resident of Indonesia, Dr.