14 People Who Are Here to Change the World: Ashoka Announces 2016 Class of Fellows in the US!

by Alex Vesey

Reading the news can be scary lately. There are plenty of big problems out there - structural problems, environmental problems, social problems. It’s easy to get inundated and overwhelmed. It’s even harder to imagine what the solutions might be. Fortunately, there are changemakers out there already tackling the big issues, armed with innovative solutions. Ashoka is a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs -- individuals with innovative and practical ideas for solving social problems. And Ashoka US’s 2016 class is tackling some of those big issues in the US — from immigration detention reform and labor rights to accessible birth control and the free and private Internet. This year's class of US Fellows joins Ashoka's global network of over 3,200 Fellows in 90 countries.

Let us introduce you to 14 inspiring individuals who are bringing new paradigms and new ideas to the table.

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