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.

How To Serve Remote Customers Who Live On Less Than $2 A Day

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The worlds of business and charity are increasingly merging. Social enterprises engage in activities that don’t perfectly fit in either of these worlds. Blending the two is a powerful tool: the solutions are often more effective, more innovative, and above all more sustainable. Yet the overwhelming majority of people at the [...]
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Chris Underhill and Raskin Arnound are prime examples of fellows who have mastered the incorporation of sustainable business practices into their social mission. They are able to continue funding the change they want to see through enterprise, unlike NGOs and charities who have to rely on traditional fundraising mechanisms that come with conditions and limitations.

Local Innovators take on Bangalore's Green Crisis

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"From every corner, people poured out of their homes to celebrate trees; in streets, parks, bazaars and community grounds."

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Shubhendu Sharma and Kuldeep Dantewadia are transforming the environment in Bangalore through simple participatory strategies that bring the community together around environmental issues. Their work has proven that "a sense of community can indeed move mountains", as they achieve success in creating a greener and cleaner Bangalore.

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.

"Human Beings Live on Hope" - How Hippocampus changed the lives of Indian kids

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Umesh Malhotra is passionate about improving the quality and access of education in rural India - and has achieved groundbreaking enrollment rates of 97%. His story reveals the many stakeholders that must be considered in trying to reform an education system.

Haiti teacher among 10 finalists for the "Nobel Prize for teaching"

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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 Haiti's education system by leading students to scientific innovations in technology through a curriculum that engages students to apply classroom learnings to address critical needs in their communities.

Ashoka Fellow Khalid Alkhudair recognised for his work on International Women's Day

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Al Arabiya News is marking International Women’s Day 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). 

The Ashoka Community Insights:
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.

Social entrepreneurs: Wise solutions help older people in local communities

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Social entrepreneur Mary Nally saw how older people could help others in the community and set up the Third Age organisation to harness their time and expertise
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Mary Nally is maximising the potential of a community by harnessing the productivity of a marginalised group of people, namely the elderly. She trains and coordinates this demographic in the population to solve community issues, thus improving the image and dignity of this group in society, while finding new ways to solve chronic issues in society.

How do you want to die? A mission to make death part of popular conversation

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A growing national movement to normalize end-of-life discussions among family and friends has gained traction in recent months. As Medicare considers whether to cover such conversations with physicians, The Conversation Project, a Boston-based non-profit, is highlighting the importance of talking openly about dying.

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PBS NewsHour features Ellen Goodman's work to change the way we think and talk about dying.

Zambia's Food Revolution: Act Local, Think Global

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Sylva Food Solutions' approach to local food has delivered a structural change in the market. And while Sylvia Banda's local food movement is the face of the change that she is promoting, at its core lies the cause of economic empowerment.

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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 marginalization 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.” Abby Falik transforms the traditional gap year into a Global Citizen Year.

The Ashoka Community Insights:
"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.

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.

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.
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