Ashoka Fellows in the News

INSPIRATION: Showcasing The Power Of Inventor-Entrepreneurs

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"Invention and social entrepreneurship are often thought of as two undertakings, separate and distinct. But the Lemelson Foundation, together with Ashoka, recognizes that invention and social entrepreneurship – when leveraged together – can be a powerful force to improve lives."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows do not accept things as they are; instead, they act on their empathy to invent, iterate and empower community changemakers to co-create with them. Experience their first-person stories in multimedia vignettes illustrating the intersection of invention and social innovation.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Busanti: Making the daily commute safer and ‘healthier’ for working women in Pakistan

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"According to the International Labor Organization, barely one-fifth of Pakistan’s women work in paid jobs. Many women say a lack of safe and secure transportation is one of the reasons many skilled and educated women are unable to make ends meet and earn their way into a better life."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
In order for social entrepreneurs to succeed, they need to understand the many aspects of a problem like under-employment. Many of the worlds most pressing problems exist because there is no one solution. Ashoka Fellow Asher Hasan understood that Pakistani women were staying home from work for many reasons, including the lack of safety they found just trying to commute. Read more about his Busanti bus service, which tackles both insecure commutes and public health education in one fell swoop.

INSIGHT: FellowConnect Asia - Economic Inclusion

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"The way forward is a collaborative effort to integrate solutions within sectors and across sectors with an inclusive approach involving all stakeholders."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Ashoka India recently launched an online magazine showcasing the work and insights of Ashoka Fellows and staff around the world. This edition focuses on economic inclusion, featuring Ashoka Fellows Svati Bhogle,Vikram Parchure, Rita Panicker, Biplap Paul, Sameh Seif, Jack Sim, Hasina Kharbhih, Sabiha Ghani, and Ignace Schops. Flip through this great online magazine to hear directly from the front lines of change.

WHO'S MAKING CHANGE: The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014

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"The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Awardees are leading 30 organizations operating in more than 20 countries that are pioneering solutions for social and environmental challenges including urban revitalization, renewable energy, unemployment, and more."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Congratulations to the thirteen Ashoka Fellows named to this year's cohort of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year! The 2014 awardees include Charles-Edouard Vincent, Chetna Vijay Sinha, Chris Underhill, Patrick Struebi, Merula Steagall, Gbenga Sesan, Jean-Michel Ricard, Javier Lozano, Martin Kariongi, Samuel Goldman, Marc Freedman, Michael Feinberg, and Masue Katayama.

WHO'S MAKING CHANGE: Adina Bar-Shalom receives highest Israeli honor

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Adina Bar-Shalom, daughter of late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, will be awarded the Israel Prize in the category of “lifetime achievement” for her trailblazing efforts in advancing higher education in the Haredi community, Education Minister Shai Piron announced on Tuesday.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: To Achieve Environmental Justice, This Entrepreneur Did Not Accept 'Comfortable Inaction'

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How we respond to a challenge can define us and can alter the world. John F. Kennedy once made the remark: “There are risks and costs to action.
The Ashoka Community Insights:
As part of a project to tell the stories of Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows, this short article and video features Ana Luisa Arocena's work leading Uruguay’s first environmentally and socially focused hazardous waste management company.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Why "World Savvy" Education Will Better Prepare Students And Make The U.S. More Competitive

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"The pace at which information is created and the degree to which it is easily accessible has changed the role of the teacher from being a provider of information to teaching students how to navigate the overwhelming quantity of information that is available at their fingertips, and helping them develop an increased capacity for analysis, evaluation, and discernment."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
While a select few schools and districts in the United States have made a conscious effort to reform their curriculum to reflect our globalized world, Ashoka Fellow Dana Mortenson would like to see this international perspective brought into every classroom. Her organization, World Savvy, recently launched a Global Competence Certificate for educators in order to help them understand how to teach global competence. Read more about the themes and thoughts behind the certificate and improving K-12 education in this interview with Ms. Mortenson.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: The World Cup Effect

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"Football offers an important opportunity for development -- not just for those in need, but also those who have the resources and skills to help. The power of the sport is in its universal appeal, which can bring us together to tackle common challenges."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Ashoka Fellow Jurgen Griesbeck has long understood the powerful platform that football and sports in general create, and given that Brazil will host both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the protests of June 2013 were no surprise to him. His organization, a global network of 100 independent football organizations, has partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative to create the Team Brazil Social Legacy Fund to ensure that the social issues Brazil faces are not overshadowed by either competition, but instead progress is made to right them. Read more about Jurgen and his efforts to change the world through football.

INSIGHT: What Latin America needs to know about earthquakes

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"While the massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in 2010 (the sixth-largest ever to be recorded) created widespread damage, the death toll was relatively small – only 550 people were killed. Comparing this to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 300,000, the earthquake in Chile demonstrated that strict building codes and standards can greatly reduce losses and destruction in even the largest earthquakes."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
While earthquakes themselves are natural phenomena, the descruction of buildings and loss of lives caused by earthquakes are man-made problems. Ashoka Fellow Elizabeth Hausler Strand realized that adequate building standards that are effectively enforced and quality building materials were the keys to preventing the worst effects of earthquakes, and that these effects were disproportionately impacting the worlds poor. Read more about her work to right this wrong in this article.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Ideas Unbound: Ashoka Fellow Kevin Kirby, Face It Together

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"Drug and alcohol addiction is easily our nation's biggest public health issue affecting at least 23 million Americans."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
This podcast hosted by Ashoka Fellow David Castro features another Fellow Kevin Kirby. He shares his professional background and personal story that eventually lead to the establishment of his organization Face it TOGETHER. His powerful story is inspirational, and is the motivation for his work towards empowering communities with the tools to help individuals recover from addiction.

INSIGHT: 5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty

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Business can be a huge driver of change around the world, but it has to be the right kind of business, run the right way.
The Ashoka Community Insights:
Earlier this month, 20 of our Fellows convened in Chennai, India for the Ashoka Globalizer on Economic Inclusion. While many themes surfaced during this forum, this article highlights five that are key to rethinking business for the bottom of the pyramid and highlights the work and thoughts of three Fellows: Samuel Goldman, Jordan Kassalow, and Prema Gopalan. Many challenges face individuals and organizations trying to serve the poorest populations, but understanding these 5 insights can accelerate change.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Climate response key issue for first Green Growth and Travelism Summer School

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"This is the first of a planned series of educational initiatives to encourage and support Green Growth transformation patterns for the sector. Today`s world is changing rapidly and we are facing economic, social and environmental challenges compounded by intensifying climate change and shifting markets. In order to create a bright future, the concept of Green Growth has emerged as a proactive strategic response. Travel&Tourism - Travelism (in twitter language) is increasingly recognized as a key element of sustainable global socio-economic development."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Around the world, there is growing recognition of the fact that social and economic issues are not independent of climate change, but in fact will be compounded by it. In an effort to prepare graduate students, industry change makers and tomorrow`s leaders for "Green Growth". Read more about this innovative program hosted and run by Ashoka Fellow Ignace Schops here.

Woodbury University Announces Groundbreaking Master's Program in Media for Social Justice

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Woodbury University today announced the formation of a groundbreaking advanced degree program in Media for Social Justice. Students in the two-year M.A. program – which will reside in the university’s School of Media, Culture and Design – will learn how to create and leverage media for social change.

The Ashoka Community Insights:
Grad Students will work closely with Ashoka Fellows Harry Wiland and Dale Bell at Santa Monica’s Media Policy Center.

INSIGHT: What are the jobs of the future? Redefining Jobs for Africa's Youth

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"Insights from social innovators helps us answer questions about the jobs of the future and how we need to redefine jobs in Africa."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
The third in a series of Future Forward webinars in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation features Fred Alucheli, Ashoka Fellow and founder of the Action Network for the Disable (ANDY) in Kenya and Njideka Harry, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Youth For Technology in Nigeria.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Threshold Collaborative: a lesson in engaged story work

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"After spending time at the school — meeting and talking with teachers, parents and learners — we brainstormed a project that would incorporate the personal stories of 22 learners into an initiative to help them learn about themselves, their peers, and their larger community. Audio story gathering and sharing were at the core of this work. The idea was to support them in identifying their vision and values, link them with their peers, and thereby align them with positive change going on in Reading."

The Ashoka Community Insights:
While story telling and oral histories are often considered a powerful way to share a message or an effective way to reach an audience, in many cases the storyteller can truly learn about themselves in the process. In Reading, PA, one of the most impoverished cities in the US, Ashoka Fellow Alisa Del Tufo has worked on a project to collect and share oral histories of local students. The results of A Picture is Worth... are truly remarkable.
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