Ashoka Fellows in the News

Ashoka Fellows are the world's leading social entrepreneurs, committed to conquering the world's biggest problems with new ideas and creative solutions. All Fellows go through Ashoka's rigorous search and selection process, honed over 30 years of leadership in the field of social entrepreneurship. 

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"Changemaker maker" Ashoka Fellows Recognized by Global Teacher Prize

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Teachers have an unprecedented role in shaping the future generation. The "Global Teacher Prize" recognizes teachers doing exceptional work across the globe. Ashoka Fellows Kiran Ber Sethi from India and Guy Etienne from Haiti are among the 10 finalists.

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Both Kiran and Guy have re-defined how children and young people grow up by re-imagining the school as a platform for developing young people as changemakers that believe change is possible and that they can drive it. In Haiti, kids learn science with empathy by building solar-powered traffic lights, planting trees, or building robots with recycled materials. In India, children learn how to be protagonists in their environment, to exercise full citizenship, and to find affirmation for their needs and ideas.

Tech Innovators as Changemakers - Unexpected Opportunities, Fresh Insights for Changing the World

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On November 5, Intel, Ashoka, & experts in tech and social innovation for a conversation on how to channel the massive financial, creative, skills, and knowledge resources in the tech sector for the betterment of global society. Watch the discussion featuring Intel Foundation President Justin Rattner and Ashoka Fellows Till Behnke and Njideka Harry, moderated by Ashoka's Sachin Malhan.

Five Ways Social Entrepreneurs Use Technology To Increase Their Impact

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“Technology for the sake of technology is a waste of precious resources. Social entrepreneurs need to understand the deep value that ICT can bring to social change when it is offered in context, with appropriate training, and with the intent of empowering the user. We hope this report inspires many others to take up this challenge in ways we haven’t even begun to imagine.” - Justin Rattner, President, Intel Foundation.

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Check out the recent virtual panel of Ashoka Fellows and heads from the Intel and Millicom Foundations in which they share their insights on the present and future of tech for social change.

Young offenders get chance of a fresh start, one song at a time

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Six years ago, Dr Charlie Howard gave up her NHS job when she realised the mental health needs of young offenders were not being met. Now her organisation, MAC-UK, is leading the way with its music-led brand of ‘streetherapy.’ 

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Charlie Howard started MAC-UK as a way to integrate mental health services into local communities. She found that the mental health needs of the poor weren't being met, and that was leading to high prison rates. She created streetherapy as a way to give a fresh start and stronger mental health and economic skills to those with out access, those who need them most.

What fosters true freedom? - Virgin.com

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What fosters true freedom?Ashoka Fellow Kim Feinberg believes the answer to this essential question is a holistic education: Kim Feinberg’s story starts with fostering empathy in South African school children through oral history lessons on...
The Ashoka Community Insights:
Kim Feinberg is creating a strong educational base for orphans so that they can become strong members of society and eventually give back, teaching them about tolerance in post-apartheid South Africa, gratitude, and giving them a hunger to create positive change.

Saskatchewan woman, Alaa Murabit, was one of Gadhafi's most wanted

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Saskatchewan-born Alaa Murabit, a medical doctor and the sixth of 11 children in her family, describes herself as only an accidental activist.

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Often changemakers are the ones going against the grain, pushing new ideas that may be discordant with the general population, to further society and human rights. Alaa Murabit is one of them, using faith based teachings to try and empower women within Libya, often risking her life to do so.

Startups seize opportunity to make urban living greener, smarter, easier

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"Technology startups that could impact the future of cities"

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The world is rapidly changing, while 50 years ago, the majority of the population lived in the suburbs or rural areas, in 30 years, 70% of the worlds population will be living in cities. Social enterprises such as Ashoka Fellow, Sascha Haselmayer's Citymart are revolutionizing the way these new urban challenges are tackled. Social entrepreneurs have begun creating the latest innovations that will begin to tackle the space, traffic, climate and resource issues this shift will provide.

WEF Davos 2015 Hub Culture Interview with Chris Underhill

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In most recent years, a new challenge has presented itself to the Global Health community - mental illnesses. Chris Underhill shares his insights on how change makers should go about tackling this issue and who the stakeholders are in this new fight.

Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

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Lots of dedicated people and groups are trying to change the world. What do the most successful ones have in common?


Tina Rosenberg collects some of this year's top stories of successful social solutions from the New York Times "Fixes" column, drawing out three big ideas from 2014: Downshift Jobs, Focus on People's Strengths, Not their Needs, and Target the "Social Determinants."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Downshifting jobs breaks down an outdated social structure that emphasizes elite professionals and opens up different fields to new players, as with Sanjeev Arora's Project ECHO and Madhav Chavan's Pratham. Focusing on people's strengths allows us to see the changemaking potential in all people, such as through Maurice Lim Miller's Family Independence Initiative and Mel Young's Homeless World Cup. Targeting "social determinants" is often what helps social entrepreneurs effectively change systems that don't work, as Alex Bernadotte does through Beyond12.

The math of learning | John Mighton | TEDxCERN - YouTube

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An invisible problem in our society is that we underestimate ourselves. John Mighton, the founder of JUMP Math, believes that anyone can learn anything, especially mathematics. We need to give our teachers the right methods, backed by rigorous evidence, to educate our children. 

The Ashoka Community Insights:
John Mighton invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance across the board, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP) spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States. Check out his TED talk here!

Makers Of More: Sparking Local Economic Opportunity And Social Change Together

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“How do we find a way to reconnect communities with local businesses, local resources, but more importantly, with each other?” This question, posed by Ken Banks at Pop!Tech, is being echoed by an innovative generation of problem-solvers who are looking to strengthen local economies while simultaneously tackling community issues.

Hidden cameras that film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places

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"To see is to believe," says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse.

The Ashoka Community Insights:
See Ashoka Fellow Oren Yakobovich describe his work, in his TED talk.

In This World Cup, the Goal Is a Better Life

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The Homeless World Cup and Street Soccer humanize a group that is often dehumanized, and therefore forgotten.
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Young people have spoken of sexual abuse for years. We just haven’t listened | Ruth Ibegbuna

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Ruth Ibegbuna, An Ashoka Fellow Elected in 2014, discusses Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), the youth her organization, Reclaim, has worked with on this issue, and what this means for the UK as well as the world.

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Reclaim works to innovate Manchester and other marginalized cities by creating mentorship programs that allow young people to have a voice, and help them feel empowered to change policy and decision making in their communities. Reclaim is reversing the power structure of English societies, making the youth the change-makers, but also validating the important role adults in the community, not just the policymakers on the outside, can play in their lives.
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