Unleashing the Future at Ashoka Africa’s Young Changemakers Festival in Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria – May 30, 2024 – Ashoka, the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs, proudly announces a pivotal moment for the “Everyone A Changemaker” movement in Nigeria. The third cohort of Ashoka Young Changemakers (AYC) and the grand celebration of the transformative learning-teaching...
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Care-Centered Communities for Women Changemakers and Beyond

Women social entrepreneurs (WSEs) are spread thin across the multiple roles they juggle—they must simultaneously be mother, spouse, daughter, community leader, and employer. These various roles come with the weighty responsibility to care for others, thus WSEs are depleted by the pressure and...
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An Everyone a Changemaker Perspective on the Practice of Care - Men's Crucial Role

Could you help us understand the consequences of a patriarchal and sexist society? What are the negative consequences for men? Although patriarchy has historically granted a mindset and positions of power and privilege to men, this sociocultural framework has also generated negative consequences for...
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Mobilizing African youth to safeguard the environment - Amara's Changemaker Journey

Changemaker Journey Amara is one of countless activists who have been compelled by challenging circumstances to rise to the task of effecting positive change in disadvantaged communities, supporting people in need to lead the lives they deserve. What sets her apart, however, is her unwavering...
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A Recent Event Hosted by Ashoka Sheds Light on Empathy’s Role in Society

“We were really looking at this issue as a shortcut, not as experts in empathy, but because we see this as being essential to change-making in the world,” said Danielle Goldstone, a senior adviser at Ashoka and the founding director of Ashoka’s global Empathy Initiative. Founded in 2011, the Empathy...
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6 Lessons from Young Leaders: Insights for Shaping the Future

In the quest to strengthen young leaders, scoping research has been conducted among 200 individuals across Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Czechia. A partnership of Ashoka, Save the Children and Humanitarian Leadership Academy came together to develop a program titled "Youth Leaders for Emerging...
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Bill Drayton Sits Down with Inside Philanthropy: How Ashoka is Making “Everyone a Changemaker”

Check out Bill Drayton's conversation with Liz Longley about Ashoka's history and evolution, today's priorities, and what's next for Ashoka in a world of change.

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Decolonizing Changemaking: Becoming Accomplices in Indigenous Wisdom and Liberation

In February, our DEI team sat with Nick Tilsen, the CEO of NDN collective and an Ashoka Fellow since 2014. We asked him to share some thoughts on the sector of philanthropy, the value of decolonization and indigenization in this sector and connected to major issues like climate change, and where he...
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Leading the refill revolution, in which every gram counts

Driven by a passion for social change, José Manuel Moller founded Algramo in 2013. The organization's name, which translates to "By the Gram" in English, reflects its core mission: to lead the refill revolution, in which every gram counts.

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Why the decline of the church matters to everyone?

“In a world where polarization and fear often dominate conversations and relationships, Smietana says, people need what the church has. Sometimes that means skills such as asking forgiveness, admitting that you need help and understanding that you can dislike someone yet still see them as a person...
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Interfaith America is building bridges of cooperation

“We need to learn how to build a social order that welcomes people from a range of identities and builds bridges of cooperation between and among us. I think that is done through a positive narrative that animates people to build concrete institutions to an inspiring ideal.” “A diverse democracy...
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Roots of Empathy inducted into education innovation ‘Hall of Fame’

On October 26th, the global organization HundrED that discovers, researches and shares inspiring innovations for kindergarten to grade 12 education, inducted Roots of Empathy, founded by Ashoka Fellow Mary Gordon, into their Hall of Fame.
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Eight participants of the Dela Accelerator receive experimentation funding to advance their systems change journey

In the current edition, eight of the eleven accelerator participants have kick-started the experimentation phase to focus on an element of their revised systems change strategy and test some of the key milestones to achieve it.

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Designing health solutions and reducing the environmental impact of maritime operations

Jakob Otilius Flovikholm, 21 years old young changemaker from Norway, has been awarded the General Motors grant for youth between 13-21 working with climate equity initiatives.

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The Story of Bhungroo: How a gender centric approach is tackling water shortage in rural India

Biplab Ketan Paul, Co-Founder of Naireeta Services, meticulously explains the power of social capital and tactful innovations
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Unplastifying the planet

We’re focused on finding and disseminating the most updated information about plastic pollution and related issues. We want to dig deeper into how excessive plastic use harms our health and the environment and how regulations can impact the amount of waste and pollution we generate.

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Advancing Digital Literacy for Girls in Rural Communities – Splendour's Changemaker Journey

Splendour Kalu is a young changemaker dedicated to empowering students in rural areas of Nigeria, especially young girls, with digital skills. Through his initiative, Communities Will Connect, Splendour is bridging the digital literacy gap by providing underserved children the opportunity to learn...
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Creating a signing world

How we can end language deprivation for Deaf children

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Correct and Dignified Healthcare for the Trans* Community

Through her advocacy efforts, Dr Aqsa Shaikh is changing the healthcare education and practitioners’ guidelines in India to be inclusive for trans and queer folks. Aqsa is a Trans woman and a doctor who serves as an Associate Professor at the Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in...
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Bridging the Gap Between Talent and Opportunity – Godwin’s Changemaker Journey

Godwin Kevin is a young changemaker working to ensure access to opportunities for young people. As a passionate advocate for youth leadership and empowerment, he is committed to connecting young people to resources, training and engagements that help them become changemakers. He believes that with...
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