News from Switzerland

This collection of stories is about social entrepreneurs that Ashoka Switzerland supports. This term describes an individual who conceives of, and relentlessly pursues, a new idea designed to solve societal problems on a very wide scale by changing the systems that undergird the problems. This definition includes two critical components.  

  • First, the entrepreneur must seek to create impact on a wide societal scale; he or she will not rest until the new idea has been broadly adopted at the national and even international level.
  • Second, the entrepreneur must seek systemic change, defined as the fundamental reform of existing societal systems and/or the creation of new ones. -Levinger, Crutchfield and Wells.

Changemakers United: a collective initiative to tackle COVID-19

We are thrilled to announce that Ashoka, in partnership with Zalando, kick-started Changemakers United. This initiative will enable our worldwide network of social entrepreneurs to scale solutions for the challenges around COVID-19. Between April and October 2020, we will: 1. Source & map innovators...
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Self-learning journey for Social Entrepreneurs

The Covid crises is putting our society in serious danger: not only is there the health risk, but also the economy, the education system, the working place, etc are touched. These hardships are touching social entrepreneurs too, at a time in which they are needed the most. Ashoka, with its 40 years...
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An animated guide to changing systems

Dicover our new tool to spark deeper change! We're launching a 3-part learning journey, with user-friendly short films and jargon-free worksheets.
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From Social Entrepreneurship to Everyone a Changemaker – 40 Years of Social Innovation

This issue of Social Innovations Journal is devoted to articles by Ashoka that paint a rich portrait of how and what it takes for social entrepreneurs, identified by Ashoka as changemakers, to thrive and succeed in rapidly changing contexts. In the introductory and framing article, Ashoka President...
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Jonas Staub, founder of Blindspot, is the new Swiss Ashoka Fellow 2018
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Get to know our Fellows in Switzerland!

In Switzerland, Ashoka nominates one or two social entrepreneurs every year to be part of our fellowship programme. Ashoka fellows are visionaries who develop innovative solutions that fundamentally change how society operates. They find what is not working and address the problem by changing the...
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Meet Nicola Forster -- Ashoka Fellow in Switzerland

Ashoka Switzerland has elected Nicola Forster, founder and president of foraus as a new Fellow. After a long and rigorous selection process, Ashoka saw in Nicola all the qualities of an entrepreneur and innovator. With his election as Fellow, Nicola will now be supported by Ashoka in the development...
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Ashoka Swiss Fellows & Changemakers in #ImpactJournalism 2016

Three of Ashoka Switzerland's social entrepreneurs (2 Fellows and 1 Changemakers) were featured on the #ImpactJournalism website on June 2015. Each year, Sparknews sources, shares and connects innovative projects that are working to create a more sustainable and inclusive world. This international...
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Ashoka Switzerland has been supporting Changemakers through its IMPACT program from 2012 to 2014!

What are the IMPACT programs ? The IMPACT programs aim at identifying socially innovative organizations with strong changemaking potential in a specific field or region, to professionalize them help them to grow and spread their impact. Hence, they contribute to structuring social entrepreneurship...
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Caroline Kant: caring for children suffering from life-threatening diseases

While working at Merck Serono in the research and development (R&D) knowledge management department, Caroline Kant discovered many drugs sitting on the company’s shelves, waiting to be researched on, and which could become part of a much needed solution to treat rare diseases.
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UBS launched International search for trailblazing social innovators

The UBS Social Innovators Program was launched with support from Ashoka in July 2016. It aims at selecting and supporting social entrepreneurs, who deliver innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges at the national and international level. This tailored package of support will...
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Discover our localized fellows

In addition to Fellows elected in the country, Ashoka in Switzerland is also supporting international Fellows iwth a local presence in Switzerland whether it be replicating their venture, having an office or setting up a foundation. MARY GORDON, ROOTS OF EMPATHY, elected in Canada in 2002 Building...
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