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.

"Hero Rats" Have Learned How to Sniff Out Land Mines

Source : citylab.com
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All they’re asking for in return are some treats and a bit of love.
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Ashoka Fellow Bart Weejens trains African giant pouched rats—or “hero” rats—to detect landmines and TB.

From fisherman to climate farmer: Ashoka Fellow Bren Smith -

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Bren Smith is building a blue-green economy that will restore oceans, mitigate climate change and re-invent the fishing profession. For the past 12 years, Br...

Seeding the market with Root Capital

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Lending to poor farmers: “COFFEE is our gateway drug,” jokes Willy Foote, founder of Root Capital. “Then we move on to harder stuff, like cocoa, cashews, quinoa and sorghum.”

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The Economist profiles Ashoka Fellow Willy Foote and Root Capital's business of lending to poor farmers ignored by mainstream finance.

Ken Banks: City Asset our international ambassador! - Cambridge News

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"For a few years I've been an Ashoka Fellow," he says of the trip to California. "Ashoka is a global network of around 3,000 social entrepreneurs. They have a Silicon Valley chapter and that chapter is trying to build awareness of social entrepreneurship in the Valley because these companies have technology that could be positively impactful and there's lots of young people – millennials as we like to call them – who want to get involved."

The Systems Changers #1: Alasdair Harris | Pioneers Post

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“If we just backed off a little bit, everybody would have more.” Founder of Blue Ventures Alasdair Harris explains why conservation makes good business sense for the millions of people living in coastal communities around the world.

Restaurant Workers Unite For 'One Fair Wage'

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After years of fighting for an increase in the minimum wage of workers who earn tips, Saru Jayaraman realized that our entire tipped wage system was rooted in unfairness. So this year she turned upside down her organization’s strategy for an increase in the hourly wage for tipped workers. She [...]
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Saru Jayaraman is fighting for equity and fairness for a group of people who we often overlook - restaurant workers. Her determination and perseverance has helped to illuminate the public about the conditions restaurant workers face. She uses the strategy "by the workers, for the workers" to empower restaurant workers to help themselves.

How to bring new energy to late adulthood

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Founder of The Eden Alternative Dr. Bill Thomas talks about bringing new energy and vitality into late adulthood and beyond.
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Bill Thomas is changing perceptions of ageing and getting people to "embrace incompetency" as a way to encourage people to take a new perspective on life. He shares his insight on how people can go about celebrating ageing rather than dreading it as is often found in American society.

Thunder Valley CDC Aims To Forge New Tribal Community: Ashoka Fellow Nick Tilsen

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An effort to build a new sustainable and energy self-sufficient community on Pine Ridge is underway. The Thunder Valley CDC held a groundbreaking near
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Tilsen is the Executive Director of the Thunder Valley CDC. He spoke just before the entire crowd of community members lined up in front of a set of shovels to each take a turn at the official ground breaking. Tilsen says this project is different than housing efforts in the past, in part because it’s bottom up.

A bolly good read

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MILLIONS of Indians watch Bollywood movies for the broken hearts, lost fortunes, dishy actors and catchy tunes. But beyond mere escapism, such fare may have a role to play in fighting illiteracy.

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Ashoka Fellow Brij Kothari of PlanetRead uses pop culture to create an Everyone a Reader India.

The Future of Innovation: Social Entrepreneurs and Technology - YouTube

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  1. How can technology help us create a better world?
  2. What are some of the risks technology presents?
  3. How can tech and social entrepreneurs work together?
  4. What can tech and social entrepreneurs learn from each other?
  5. What is the future of technology and social change?
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How social entrepreneurs and technology will drive the future of innovation and how you can take part. #socentTech #seizethefuture

Video: The Mine-Sniffing Rats of Africa

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Nicholas Kristof follows a large rodent as it searches a minefield in northern Angola.

Bite the Ballot: Empowering a generation to sit at the forefront of democracy

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Read about Mike Sani #AshokaFellow of the Month & his democratic evolution movement on our UK Blog: http://t.co/k10cQlEDxX @BiteTheBallot
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Solar Bore-Well to Solve Water Problems of SECMOL University, Ladakh

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Formed in 1988 to reform the educational system of Ladakh, SECMOL today creates opportunities for rural Ladakhi youth, and promotes sustainable living. Their aim is to help present and future generations of Ladakhis benefit from education and adopt a...
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Sonam Wangchuk is advocating for a move towards more sustainable forms of energy to reduce the impact that pollution and global warming have on society. His leads by example through his Phey Campus that uses clean sutainable energy to power the entire building. He puts the issue of environmental degradation in perspective by attributing it as a way of killing people slowly. Check out a short interview with him in the article!

Offering affordable psychological help – in 10 different languages

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In the last of our series about social entrepreneurs who are building ideas to tackle health-related issues, Krystian Fikert describes how he founded and runs the MyMind centre for mental wellbeing
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Krystian Fikert is bringing a much needed service to the Polish community in a cheap and innovative way. He focuses on providing multilingual counseling services, targeting vulnerable groups like immigrant populations. His work has brought together over 40 professionals to support the cause and aid in the expansion of his organization.
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