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. 

See below a selection of recent stories featuring Ashoka Fellows in the news. To comment or share, check out Ashoka Fellows on Scoop.it.

Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor

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Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor
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Mukti Bosco has come up with a way to improve primary healthcare in villages through a comprehensive health education and health savings program that insures villagers in India from the high medical bill that could potentially destroy livelihoods in an instant. She purports the importance of women as changemakers within their own community, and leads by example. Bosco overcomes not just economic barriers but cultural barriers in her fight to improve the livelihoods of the poor through improved health.

How Mission Finland by Hippocampus changed the lives of kids in Indian villages

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Apathy and indifference in the existing government school setup led to the creation of the Hippocampus Learning Centre. Today, Hippocampus has over 150 pre
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Umesh Malhotra is passionate about improving the quality and access of education in rural India. His story reveals the many stakeholders that must be considered in trying to reform an education system. "Human beings live on hope" is what motivates him to continue his work and achieve groundbreaking enrolment rates of 97%.

Haiti teacher among 10 finalists for $1 million prize - Central Maine

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The school headmaster and chemistry teacher joins a Maine teacher and eight others worldwide in the running for the 'Nobel Prize for teaching.'
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Guy Etienne is transforming the education system in Haiti by introducing a strong focus on innovation in science in technology, and by developing a curriculum that engages students to apply what they learn in the classroom to address critical needs in their communities. Ashoka is so happy that a fellow like him is being recognised for the good work that he has done.

Ashoka Fellow Khalid Alkhudair recognised for his work in lieu of International Women's Day

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Al Arabiya News is marking International Women’s Day, and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, with a special series profiling leading women and women’s rights champions around the world, among them startup company founder Khalid Alkhudair

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Khalid Alkhudair is changing social norms and improving economic development of households within Saudi Arabia through his focus on including women in the workforce. The success of his employment matching site for women has seen him expanding into other fields such as a women-only gym and a car service.

Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies 2015

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Fast Company has named several Ashoka Fellows' organizations to their list of the 50 most innovative companies in 2015: Shivani Siroya's InVenture (#13), sisters Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey's Revolution Foods (#39), and Jose Moller's Algramo (#42). 

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Merging the social impact and traditional business sectors even further, Fast Company highlights the innovative work of social entrepreneurs and Ashoka Fellows alongside big-name brands like Warby Parker, Apple, Google, Instagram, HBO, Virgin America, Tesla, Netflix, Kickstarter, Ikea, and Samsung. See how Shivani Siroya, Jose Moller, Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey are changing access to finance and food.

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."

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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.

Zambia: Act Local, Think Global - the Food Revolution in Zambia

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International conversation around food in Africa has traditionally been one of doom and decline. In 2012 the World Bank declared the average life expectancy at birth to be 56 years in sub-saharan Africa.
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Sylvia Banda is ensuring the livelihood of farmers in Zambia by creating value chains and changing market dynamics through her education programs. From humble beginnings in her own kitchen, Sylvia is now expanding to compete in a global market and help even more Zambian farmers.

Ferguson Signals the New Civil Rights Frontier for Changemakers: Transforming our Courts

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Witnessing the conveyer belt of convictions in Maplewood and other courtrooms, it is difficult to argue that the criminal court system is an area where constitutional rights are being exercised to mete out justice. Rather, it functions as an efficien...
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Raj Jayadev shares his input on the flaws of the US justice system and the marginalisation of African Americans. He shares about the power of the individual and community in coming together to address these issues with the justice system.

A Year Off Before College Isn't A Gap, It's A Launching Pad

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Meet the woman who is on a mission to change this stat: “America has the highest college dropout rate in the developed world: 1/3 of college freshman don’t come back for a second year and on average it takes students six years to get through four year colleges.”
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"Our education system is failing our kids. The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, but our approach to teaching and learning is stuck in the past century" says Abby Falik. Falik is changing the way we view education and revolutionising our education system by normalising experiential learning. She asks important questions about how best to integrate college education into our journey for knowledge.
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Innovation Obsession Disorder - propagation is as important as innovation

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Innovation is fun to accomplish and frequently well rewarded. We should absolutely help it along in places where smart people can use better conditions to exercise their intelligence. But the problem is not the pace of innovation. The problem is the pace of propagation.

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"Why should inventing new things be a priority over just making existing solutions work in new places?" asks Mathias Craig, in Daniel Ben-Horin's excellent 2012 piece on how propagating successful social solutions is necessary to actually address problems on a global level.

"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.

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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.

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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.
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