The Social Sector Is Being Called Upon
The pandemic has had a profound impact on businesses — and also on organizations that rely on grants to do work. We caught up with a key expert of the citizen sector: Anne Marie Burgoyne. She is the Managing Director for Emerson Collective, the organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs that uses...
Angry Americans and What the Future Holds
In 2004, just back from a combat tour in Iraq, Paul Rieckhoff started Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). After growing the group to over 500,000 members and spearheading significant federal policy to protect veterans, Paul transitioned IAVA to new leadership this year and started...
Rotary and Ashoka Renew Partnership After Pilot Success
Following a successful pilot year, Rotary and Ashoka are announcing a three-year partnership renewal that will promote opportunities for networking and collaboration between Rotary and Ashoka to help address key social and economic challenges. Collaboration in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic...
How Collaboration can inspire New Leadership in the Philippines
The Barangay Resilience and Innovation Through Empowerment Project began as 4 orgs with different backgrounds began to ask the question—what is the most systemic way to build resilience in the Philippines? The Philippines isn't a stranger to disasters—its geography makes it host to yearly typhoons...
Liberating Women in Romania: Ioana’s Changemaker Journey
Starting in grade school, Ioana found her voice for standing up and speaking out for girls and women to live lives with dignity, choice, and power.
“Girls are not burden - they can fly like a bird.” Dola’s Changemaker Journey
As a teenager, Dola is paving a new way forward for Bangladesh with a clear, unbending mission: to end childhood marriage.
Bringing pride back in agriculture: Shoaibur’s Changemaker Journey
Shoaibur and his team are bolstering farmers' livelihoods and changing their peers’ mindset towards the vitality of agrarian life.
Shantanu Paul on Fostering Cognitive Empathy and Connections across Fields
Being a social entrepreneur with a history of young changemaking himself, Shantanu firmly believes that cognitive empathy is the most critical skill for becoming a young changemaker - an individual who has an idea, forms a team, takes on an initiative, and creates meaningful change in their world.
Mobilizing Harmonious Communities: Durukan’s Changemaker Journey
Durukan’s journey to discovering how people live in balance with nature through regenerative agriculture began in his teens when he began to mobilize his peers to build an eco-community. These early experiences while young were prescient to Durukan’s career as a leading social entrepreneur.
A Job, A Risk, and A Movement: Ali’s Journey to Redefining Success for Young People
The story of how Ali Khan took an unexpecting job that led him on a journey to transforming the way children and young people grow up with a changemaking mindset across Pakistan.
No One Has A Monopoly On Caring About The Planet
The businesses with the biggest footprints are some of the most important allies in fighting climate change. Nicole Rycroft, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Canopy, has been transforming supply chains to save our forests for over two decades. She talked to Pip Wheaton, Ashoka’s co-lead of Planet &...
Meet the young people invited to speak with the Spanish royal family
Three young leaders reflect on the visit of a lifetime, the journeys that led them there, and the change they seek to make
Nico Pablo: Striving to Build Inclusive Communities
Nico’s story illustrates a changemaking journey in which development and communication intersect, detailing how Nico uses such an intersection to create multiple inclusive communities.
Creating Connections through Peer Tutoring: Shree’s Changemaker Story
When the coronavirus pandemic upended education for millions of students, Shree built a peer mentoring community to support students, relieve parents, and create cross-cultural connections.
Sophia's Journey to Making the Climate Movement more Accessible
In this Changemaker Conversation, we speak with Sophia Kianni, a climate activist and young changemaker from Washington D.C on how the climate crisis, the role of young people, and how-to's for getting started on your own journey.
Quebrando o Silêncio: A Jornada Transformadoraa da Alejandra
Aos 24 anos, Alejandra está a quebrar com o sistema de silêncio contra o tráfico humano e a escravatura moderna em Espanha.
From Spelling Bee Champions to Young Changemakers: The Story of the North South Foundation
The journey of a group of students and parents from across the country harnessing their collective power through a shared value of education to make digital learning more accessible.
Creating a Brand for Farmers' Prosperity: Ammara's Changemaker Journey
How Ammara and her friends built an eco-brand that boosts farmers' harvests and livelihoods in Indonesia.
Rise Up: Understanding Youth Social Entrepreneurs and Their Ecosystems
This research focuses on youth social entrepreneurs who are leading ventures that address pressing societal problems including climate change, gun reform, and social justice. It answers Journal of Public Policy & Marketing’s call for more research in marketing on social entrepreneurship. Consistent...
Three trends for how younger generations make change
Young people are leading social and environmental movements in countless ways. But there are several things they have in common.
Social connection for generational divides: Eduardo’s Changemaker Journey
Eduardo creates spaces for intergenerational learning and living in order to combat barriers to interconnected social problems. With a tract record for changemaking, we look closely at Eduardo’s journey to changemaking.
Never be scared; never pre-judge; never lose motivation or your positivity
Ashoka Nordic sat down to speak to Yoana Svetoslavova, a 19 year old Changemaker who launched the organization SOS UB, Save Oslo’s Seas Ungdoms Bedrift. In this article, we discover how and why Yoana started her changemaker journey as well as insightful tips for other young people who want to create...
Dune Lankard, on the Future of Climate-Changing-Everything
Hi, I’m Dune, creator of: Eyak Preservation Council and the Native Conservancy, which we set up in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill — we have in the years since taken on numerous and endless frontline issues to protect our ancestral home, wild salmon runs, the ocean way of life, and support...
Educating and Organizing: Nazma’s Journey to building a women and labor right’s movement in Bangladesh
Through finding her own power to create change at a young age, Nazma is redefining success for women across Bangladesh.
Social Equity and Accessibility: Rachel's Changemaker Journey
Racheal is determined to create a more accessible, equitable world for young people living with disabilities and caregivers.
From Head Boy to Social Entrepreneur: Uche's Changemaker Journey
Uche discovered his love for innovation and entrepreneurship at a young age, which prepared him to transform infant and maternal health practices across Nigeria.
Bill Drayton: Visionary social impact leader, social entrepreneur
“Once young people see themselves as changemakers, the world will be on a very different path—a path that is limitlessly hopeful.” - Bill Drayton
Raising Changemakers: The story of Ashoka Fellow Gonzalo Muñoz and his family of changemakers
Ashoka turned to Ashoka Fellows Gonzalo Muñoz and Ximena Abogabir to understand what it takes to raise a family of changemakers.
Uplifting stories of Muslim Women: Mena and Zena’s journey to changemaking
How sisters Mena and Zena are making literature more inclusive by writing, normalizing, and uplifting the diverse stories of Muslim women.
Budding changemakers: Chander's journey to nourishing people and the planet
Chander and his team envision a world where every person has a close, accessible relationship with living soil and fresh food.
Building a Safe Home for Indonesian Children: Faye’s Changemaker Journey
Fighting against human trafficking, abuse, and exploitation, Faye is building a safe home for Indonesia children to live lives of freedom, choice, and joy.
Garvita: Why Waste? Learning to See the Glass as Half Full
“The best ideas come from people like us, people of our age,” says Garvita, “We have fresh, growing and innovating minds."
Fundraising for change: Shreeya’s journey to changemaking
When she is not diligently preparing for a Geography Bee or analytically collaborating with her Robotics team, you can find Shreeya fundraising for children’s and women’s rights in rural India.
Making Education Count - Connecting Education to Employment - The Future of Education
Ashoka was invited by the organization Arthan to share its insights and learnings at a session on "Making Education Count - Connecting Education to Employment." Participants talked about what is required to prepare students for the evolving demand-supply trends and strategies that can prepare...
The World Today Needs Younger Change-makers: Bill Drayton, Founder – Ashoka
Ashoka Young Changemakers are young people who have had the “your dream, your team, your changed world” experience
The Future Of Climate Research? Value All Forms Of Knowledge
Melanie Marcel is a social entrepreneur pioneering the field of “Responsible Innovation” in Europe’s scientific community. We caught up with her to reflect on the role of scientific research in the climate action field.
First steps towards making STEM accessible: Jacqueline Means
How a high school student is spreading her love for science to girls across her community
What Happens When Young People Lead
Daquan Oliver started WeThrive in 2014 to change the way young leaders from underestimated communities are identified, elevated and provided ongoing support along the pathway to economic prosperity. We talked to Daquan about his own entrepreneurial journey and the mindset shift that’s needed to set...
Cristiana Oprea is a rally driver, founder of the platform “Femei în Motorsport" (FIM), Motorsport PR, and blogger at Cristiana Oprea Emoticar.ro. "Through my work as a rally driver, I want to inspire people to have the courage to follow their dreams. Being one of the few women rally drivers in...
Ashoka Young Changemaker Garvita Gulhati from India Receives “The Diana Award”
Garvita Gulhati, aged 20, Founder, ‘Why Waste?’ from India has been recognised with the prestigious – The Diana Award, a recognition for highly inspiring efforts of a young person for social action or humanitarian efforts. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by...
Making The Internet Work For All. Why Multiplicity Is More Important Than Singularity.
The 21st century has ushered in a new age where all aspects of our lives are impacted by technology. How will humanity anticipate, mitigate, and manage the consequences? How do we ensure tech works for the good of all? Ronaldo Lemos is working on solutions for the internet. He is an internationally...
Making Amends: A Restorative Justice Program Seeks to End America’s Epidemic of Violence
Prison reform has become a priority in America’s movements for social and racial justice. Is reform also the key to reducing violence in society? Danielle Sered started and leads Common Justice, America’s only “alternative to prison” program for people charged in the adult criminal courts with...
Reviving the Grocery Trade in America’s Food Deserts
More than 23 million Americans live in places where good food is relatively scarce and expensive. The dominant commercial models of the grocery business prefer suburbs to cities, and major retail chains to local grocers. Katie Plohocky is an entrepreneur from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is building...
Moving Beyond Business for Good: How Markets Can Transform Systems for Good
Can you use a business model to not just to do well, but also to radically change a system? At Ashoka, the global network for the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, we’ve met hundreds of groundbreaking entrepreneurs around the world who have taught us that social businesses can be a powerful...
Youth Are Flipping an Abandoned North Carolina Prison into a Sustainable Farm
By transforming a decaying prison into a flourishing farm, these young men are avoiding the criminal justice system—and creating a model to share
First Steps Towards Sustainability: Surbhi Jain and Maxwell Feldman
How two teenagers are helping others develop “sustainable mindsets,” starting in school
What Employers Can Do: How A New Savings Plan Can Rescue Low Wage Workers
American workers were on a tightrope before the Covid pandemic, many surviving by the month, working full time—maybe more than one job, yet unable to save or get out of debt. The economic shutdown only heightened the daily anxiety, adding illness and sudden job loss to their concerns. Ronnie...
Reducing social exclusion and food waste through connecting vegetables and people
Ashoka Belgium Impact Programme 2020 introduces participant Naomi Smith and the project enVie Atelier. 📣 In a conversation with us, Naomi shared her journey as a social entrepreneur, how important it is to collaborate and how the Impact Programme is boosting her impact. 🗣Naomi Smith started enVie...
Introducing a ‘Heart, head, hands’ approach to innovative learning for ecological and social change
Ashoka Belgium Impact Programme 2020 introduces participant Sabine Denis and the project Schumacher Sprouts. 📣 Sabine shared her vision and how the Impact Programme is helping her to reflect about the development of Schumacher Sprouts. 💥The Impact Programme is a multi-sector collaboration between...
Mitigating climate change by activating the corporate world to change their behaviour
Ashoka Belgium Impact Programme 2020 introduces Kenneth Van den Bergh & Carbon+Alt+Delete (C+A+D). 💥 Kenneth gave some insides into C+A+D's activities and how the Impact Programme is supporting them in exploring new opportunities. 🌱 The Impact Programme is a multi-sector collaboration between Ashoka...
What lessons from the crisis will help us transform our school & learning ecosystems?
In times of quarantine and closed schools, it became more fundamental than ever to question ourselves about how children are growing up in the school & learning ecosystems and what the future holds for them. And now that schools are reopening their doors, we wanted to find out what lessons will be...
It Takes A Village—Black Parents Protecting Black Genius
Will Jackson started Village of Wisdom to help parents and teachers unlock the gifts, talents, and prior knowledge of Black students. Ashoka’s Simon Stumpf caught up with Will to hear more about his vision for making school a true and supportive home for every student, and why his approach is so...
The Power of Conscious Bias
Almost 40% of the population in Mexico lives in poverty, making less than $6 dollars a day. Ten percent of the nation’s wealthiest have more than 40% of the nation’s total income. The level of poverty and all its consequences are more acutely felt amongst the Indigenous population which makes up 20%...
StreetVet and Homely Home win Purina BetterwithPets Prize 2020
Purina and Ashoka announce the 2020 winners of the BetterwithPets Prize, distributing a total prize fund of 120,000 CHF to established social entrepreneurs and young changemakers in the EMENA region
An Open Letter to our Community on Racial Justice
This is a moment of reckoning. Ashoka U recognizes that the pain and suffering of today has roots in a long history of wide-ranging, everyday social and racial injustice. It’s critical to publicly acknowledge the toxic effect of institutionalized white supremacy that has tainted our collective...
A Teenager is Involving Young Girls and Boys to Fight the Menstrual Taboos
Using boiled leaves, ashes, dirty clothes and much more during menstruation caused some irreversible damage to young girls’ bodies. When a 19-year-old Ashoka Young Changemaker Sanjana D heard these stories of pain and shame, she decided to change that. Here is how she has helped over 5,000 young...
More than Profit: Isaac's Changemaker Journey
In our Ashoka Nordic's interview with Isaac Sene, a young artist and changemaker from Finland, he shares his hopes for the post Covid-19 world: that people would be less concerned with profit, in a way that would enable better outcomes for people and planet. His thoughts echo those of many of his...
First Steps Towards Interfaith Understanding: Salma Kamni
How a 17-year-old student started a movement to promote acceptance and interfaith discussion in her Chicago community
Re-Coding Asylum: Lawyers With Tech Battling For Migrant Justice
Creating an immigration system that humanizes rather than dehumanizes people
Climate Innovators in Central and Eastern Europe
Over the last four decades, Ashoka has been working to build an Everyone a Changemaker world, a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address social problems and drive change. Of the many global...
Meet the HSBC Future Skills Innovation Challenge Winners!
Twelve social entrepreneurs who are shaping a post-pandemic economy where everyone can access opportunities and where people have the skills to thrive in a rapidly-changing world
Ashoka Romania Impact Report 2019
Ashoka Romania has arrived at its third yearly finish line as part of the largest global network of social innovators, and, since the 23rd of July 2019, its first year of existence as a legal entity, consolidating our presence in the local ecosystem of social entrepreneurship. This report aims to be...
From Stigma to Freedom: Hannah and Charlie's Story
These changemaker siblings built a mental health app that embodies the saying "it's okay to not be okay."
A changemaker on the rise: Vaishali’s journey to changing athletic culture in her community
By channeling her love for fitness, Vaishali started an athletic club to promote health, wellbeing, and empowerment for young girls.
Could Data Transform The Lives Of 500 Million Smallholder Farmers Worldwide?
Regi Wahyu is a data-entrepreneur transforming smallholder farming in Indonesia and beyond. He is the co-founder of HARA and an Ashoka Fellow since 2018. We spoke to him as part of our series on the future of Planet & Climate. (Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the series.)
Working Towards an Inclusive Society
TransEnd is a social welfare organisation that empowers the transgender community through education, training, employment and entrepreneurship. Founded by Lamea Tanjin Tanha in 2019, the organisation primarily arranges social awareness campaigns and programmes, educating people on the gender...
What Does Forever Look Like? Facilitative Leadership Shows the Way
As part of our series on the future of Planet & Climate, we sat down with Ashoka Fellow Cynthia Ong of Forever Sabah to learn about the circular economy model she is facilitating on the island of Borneo—one of the most bio-diverse regions on Earth.
How to Tackle Energy Poverty? Using Products as a Service and Partnering with Corporates
Ashoka Belgium Impact Programme 2020 presents Stefan Goemaere & Papillon 🔸 Stefan started the Papillon project in 2014, as a way to come in aid to people in energy poverty. 🌱 The Impact Programme is a multi-sector collaboration between Ashoka, ABN AMRO Private Banking Belgium and Accenture Belgium...
Creating a sustainable hub for rural innovation in a traditional farm
Ashoka Belgium Impact Programme 2020 presents Alexis de Liedekerke & Froidefontaine🔸 Alexis started the Froidefontaine project in 2017 with 2 co-founders. 🌱The Impact Programme is a multi-sector collaboration between Ashoka, ABN AMRO Private Banking Belgium and Accenture Belgium to foster social...
Ashoka Young Changemaker – Anugreh Sehtya – Hybrid Ideas for a Hybrid World
Meet Anugreh Sehtya, an Ashoka Young Changemaker who has developed technology-based design solutions to address challenges in the healthcare and social sector. "Hybrid Idea started off as India’s first assistive technology based design solution company, i.e., we design solutions for people with...
The Purina BetterwithPets 2020 Prize finalists announced!
Finalists were part of an EMENA-wide search for innovative initiatives that harness the mutual positive power of the pet–human bond. Purina and Ashoka are excited to announce eight finalists of the Purina BetterwithPets Prize—all social entrepreneurs leveraging the power of the pet human bond to...
From Competition To Sharing: How Her Children’s Rare Disease Led Sharon Terry To Revolutionize Medical Research
Ashoka Fellow Sharon Terry looks back at 25 years of impact — that led her from being a homeschooling mom to a genetic researcher and global health leader.
Engage With The Signal: Why We Need To Do More Than Shutting Hate Speech Down
Ashoka Fellow Helena Puig Larrauri co-founded the peace-building organization Build Up, which works with NGOs, UN agencies, and multilateral organizations all over the world to use technology to strengthen the social fabric between citizens. Build Up is active in countries like Syria, Yemen, Burkina...
Sworn Again: Americans Recommit to a Civic Creed
American politics may be in tatters, economy teetering, pandemic afoot – but what better time to revisit our connections to some very basic ideals, like democracy and justice? For decades, Americans have moaned about a “broken” political system too dysfunctional to fix itself from within, yet almost...
Emerging Insights 2019: Environment and Climate Change
Sustainability and awareness for resilience
Emerging Insights 2019: Introduction
WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THINGS TO ACTUALLY CHANGE? This is the question that Ashoka has been asking for 40 years. Our search for social entrepreneurs has been, at its heart, a quest to find the individuals among us who see what’s underneath social challenges and work to change the systems that are at...
How Two Women Teamed Up to Expand Entrepreneurship in Bolivia
The story of a leader at IKEA and a Bolivian social entrepreneur who collaborated across continents
Rebecca: Environmental consciousness for a resilient Kenya
Addressing climate change and environmental degradation in Kenya through student-led education and advocacy.
Leadership, Resilience, and Higher Education’s Promise
Embedding changemaking into the culture and operations of higher education will prepare institutions to deploy their tremendous human capital and knowledge and research assets in innovative, trans-disciplinary, and collaborative ways to address the many challenges ahead.
Spreading Kindness: Morgan's Journey to Building a Mental Health Movement
Morgan founded the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation based in Kentucky to spread kindnesses and mental health awareness.
She Can is a project that aims to affirm that women innovators can and do make a unique impact as leaders and innovators in their field. This booklet highlights female Fellows around the world who are leading systems change across Ashoka's diamonds and sectors, showcasing the unique ways women lead...
Changemaking from Home: Anton's Changemaker Journey
Ashoka Nordic sat down (digitally, of course) to speak to Anton Karlsson, a Changemakers Camp alumnus and a young Changemaker, to talk about how and why he started, together with fellow young Changemakers, “Coronahjälpen” or Corona help in English.
Exploring the Link between Unemployment & Climate Change
In his article for MIT Press's Innovations Journal, Bill Drayton explains the connection between unemployment and climate change. Entitled “Engage People, Retire Things,” Drayton’s essay explains the profound connection between combating the employment crisis and fighting climate change: labor and...
The Erosion of Privacy, And Why We Need a New Social Contract
Ashoka Fellow Sascha Meinrath explains how government and business are spying on us, and why we need to update our understanding of what is right and wrong in the digital age. "We need a mindset shift. We need to work together towards a renewed, 21st Century, social contract – a fresh understanding...
AI, Solidarity and the Future of Humanity
A conversation about why outsourcing the moral responsibilities of AI is not an option. Miguel Luengo, AI expert, entrepreneur and chief scientist at UN Global Pulse, speaks with Konstanze Frischen, Ashoka’s global leader on Tech & Humanity. "I argue that we need to move to a humanity centric AI. If...
The Smart Way To Protect Our Planet: Include Everyone
"Social inclusion is the biggest gap the climate movement is not addressing," says Ashoka Fellow Wietse van der Werf in our inaugural articles of our Planet & Climate series on Forbes.com.
Philanthropy Needs a New Playbook to Fund Systems Change
The conversation about “systems change” has exploded over the last couple of years. At its core it involves tackling the root causes of a social problem (say, homelessness,) by changing policies, power dynamics, the flow of money, talent, and other resources — and sometimes even transforming customs...
A New Yardstick for Leaders in the 21st Century
Governments, businesses, schools, and parents all over the world need to adopt a new metric for success: the degree to which they enable others to become changemakers. To get started, we merely need to ask ourselves a simple question: "What percentage of people in my network, organization, or family...
Ashoka Fellow Ramya Venkataraman Honored as One of the "Women Transforming India"
Ashoka Fellow Ramya Venkataraman has been selected as one of the 100 "Women Transforming India" by NITI Aayog, a council of India’s top government leaders, and the United Nations. The theme of this year's Women Transforming India Awards is "women and entrepreneurship." The award recognizes women...
The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World
There is a pretty good chance you are directly or indirectly connected to the power of disability. The majority of people are. For starters, one-seventh of the people on the planet have a disability, which makes people with disabilities the largest minority group in the world. When you factor in...
The Childhood Survival Revolution: How James P. Grant Convinced The World To Save Its Children
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of James P. “Jim“ Grant, one of the greatest visionaries and social entrepreneurs of the 20th century. He is the father of the Child Survival Revolution and legendary executive director of Unicef. Still way too unknown for the magnitude of his...
Youth Engagement to Change the World
The social entrepreneurs of Bangladesh have been working towards solving different kinds of problems by working directly with the communities through the Ashoka Fellowship program. Moreover, currently, Ashoka has 90 fellows in Bangladesh and with an insight that many of these fellows started to be...
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and the Everyone a Changemaker Movement
Under Sir Fazle’s guidance, Ashoka started working on the “Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Ashoka Young Changemakers” program early last year. Ashoka is proud to be partnering with BRAC, the world’s largest civil society organization, to launch the first selection of Ashoka Young Changemakers in Bangladesh as...
Launching the Everyone A Changemaker movement in Bangladesh
It is in solemnity, admiration, and hope that Ashoka announces the launch of the Everyone A Changemaker movement, and the first cohort of Ashoka Young Changemakers, in Bangladesh in the name of the late great Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG. Sir Abed nominated the first Ashoka Fellow, he served on...
Embracing Complexity. Towards a Shared Understanding of Funding Systems Change
As we stand on the threshold of an epochal decade, we are confronted with an urgent need to find, fund, and support transformative solutions at a far greater pace than ever. For 40 years, Ashoka has found that the world's leading social entrepreneurs, who are recognized as Ashoka Fellows, are at the...
Jeroo Billimoria: a global movement that started with a simple gesture in her teens
A social entrepreneur known for building huge, global coalitions, Jeroo first started in Mumbai, working with street children.
Sir Fazle Abed: The World Mourns the Passing of a Great Social Entrepreneur
The global Ashoka community mourns the loss of Sir Fazle Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC, the world’s largest civil society organization and a founder member of Ashoka's Global Academy and World Council. Abed is probably the greatest social entrepreneur of the last 50 years. And he is one of...
Once Upon a Time, There was an Ashoka Fellow…
New Fellow Rana Dajani is the founder of We Love Reading, an initiative aimed at empowering young people as empathetic leaders by encouraging a love of reading and sparking the development of locally run libraries around the world. Read more in this Q&A with Rana herself!
Christian: Honoring the heroes of the hallways in Colorado
When Christian noticed that students were leaving messes in his school hallways, he saw an opportunity to promote interconnectedness between students, staff, and custodians.
Wonders from Waste: Akash's Journey to Changemaking
Recognizing the opportunity to reuse waste, Akash launched Energinee Innovations to redirect pollution into upcycled products.
Leading agricultural innovation in Odisha: Naisargik's Changemaker Journey
With his changemaking power, Naisargik is determined to counteract environmental pollution and curb the risk of cancer with agricultural innovation and community outreach.
Anugreh: Designing assistive technologies in New Delhi
By developing assistive technology for differently-abled populations, Anugreh is embarking on a lifelong journey as a changemaker.
Disha: Championing women’s financial liberation and security in India
Disha’s team equips women of all ages with the mindset and skillset to achieve financial independence, challenging the gendered nature of savings and investing.
The Happiness Project: Apoorvi's Changemaker Journey
Inspired by her sister’s struggle with mental health, Apoorvi is on a mission to normalize student wellbeing in government schools across India.
Chandani: How stray dogs inspired an empathy movement
Chandani challenged the status quo in her community to transform the relationship between people and animals.
Rhenan: Mobilizing young people to speak up for the Araguaian region in Brazil
Passionate about the environment, Rhenan strives to ensure the health of ecosystems and communities along riverbanks in his community.
Mídria: Democratizing access to higher education through slam poetry
Mídria and three of her university friends created a social venture to transform how marginalized groups participate in higher education.
Luiza: Developing socio-emotional skills through storytelling across Brazil
Growing up in search for her own voice, Luiza empowers other young people to develop socio-emotional skills through writing and storytelling in Goiânia, Brazil.
Luan: Fighting hunger and deforestation in Pernambuco, Brazil
Luan is determined to protect the health of people and the planet in the northeastern region of Brazil with a team of young changemakers.
Luísa: Advocating for environmental laws to protect the Amazonian ecosystem
Luísa co-created and leads a social venture that engages Amazonian youth in addressing pressing socio-environmental challenges in their region.
Luiz Henrique: Boosting Youth Civic Leadership in Santarém, Brazil
Henrique’s story highlights how young people can actively participate in local government to authentically represent their generation.
Katie: Building a national community of young people creating change
Amidst a rise in youth organizing, Katie equips youth-led advocacy organizations with the connections, resources, and encouragement they need to grow.
Victor: Enabling young people to be global citizens
Victor and his team provide a space for young people to explore their passions while developing the necessary skills to start their lifelong changemaking journeys.
Africa's youth are leaders of today #AfricaYouthFwd
Future Forward, an initiative by Ashoka and the MasterCard Foundation, identifies and supports social entrepreneurs and changemakers with innovative solutions for youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa. How well do you develop youth leaders? Discover your personal strengths, how your organization...
Investing In Survivor Wealth
Financial insecurity is the number one threat to an abuse survivor’s safety, says Sonya Passi. She started FreeFrom in 2016 to change the way domestic violence is addressed in the U.S., from a short-term, crisis intervention approach to focus on long-term recovery and safety for survivors and their...
Share My Lesson: I Am a Changemaker
Ashoka's lesson plan "I Am a Changemaker" made the list of the American Federation of Teachers' ShareMyLesson best partner lessons of 2019. This lesson addresses what it means to be a changemaker. It allows young people to reflect on the skills and attributes needed to be a changemaker and to hear...
Why We Need Data For Black Lives
Algorithms may be hidden from most of us but they’re shaping many aspects of our lives. Who’s creating them, and what background and biases do they bring? Entrepreneur and data scientist Yeshimabeit Milner is sparking a movement of technologists, mathematicians, and community changemakers who want...
Leading Social Entrepreneurs 2019
This latest edition of Leading Social Entrepreneurs features a sample of recently elected Ashoka Fellows, who have become part of the largest global network of social entrepreneurs. In the following pages, you will read about new innovations by people who are building an “Everyone a Changemaker”...
Accelerating Positive Change in Africa Through Social & Business Co-Creation
In a rapidly changing Africa, social and environmental challenges are complex. Leading social entrepreneurs, like the 400+ Ashoka Fellows in Sub-Saharan Africa, are on the front lines of solving those complex problems by diagnosing and then inventing new ways to combat the failing systems that are...
Fellow Abla Al Alfy Launches a Campaign to Reduce Prematurity in Egypt
Ashoka Arab World Fellow Dr. Abla Al Alfy organized the kickoff event of "Ibn al Badry," a year-long campaign to advocate for the reduction of prematurity in Egypt.
Bill Drayton and Social Entrepreneurship: How a Social Movement is Changing the World...and Launching Another Movement: EVERYONE A CHANGEMAKER
Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton, ever the social entrepreneur, seeing other organizations taking much of the heavy responsibility for supporting the social entrepreneurship movement, has refocused a significant part of Ashoka on launching the “Everyone a Changemaker” movement. Don’t bet against...
Ashoka Fellow Who Founded High Tech High Wins WISE Prize for Education
The 2019 WISE Prize for Education has been awarded to Ashoka Fellow Larry Rosenstock, founder of High Tech High (HTH).
Achieving Impact Through the Everyone a Changemaker Revolution
This issue of CLUED-iN focuses on evidence of impact. In this interview, Ashoka founder and CEO Bill Drayton answers the following question: As a global community, do you think we are making progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? What evidence do you have of this? How do you...
Bill Drayton: “Half the Population is Out of the Game”
El País Semanal November 10, 2019 A fighter for civil rights who was raised to value empathy and was fascinated by Gandhi's India, Bill Drayton believes that Ashoka’s entrepreneurial model, to which he has dedicated himself for years, can change the world. Drayton created Ashoka 40 years ago and it...
Research on Social Entrepreneurship - Understanding and Contributing to an Emerging Field
The fourth chapter in this collection, authored by Noga Leviner, Leslie R. Crutchfield, and Diana Wells, addresses the "million-dollar" question of how to measure social entrepreneurs' impact. The existing methodologies for assessing the impact of nonprofit organizations tend to focus on easily...
Answering Society’s Call: A New Leadership Imperative
How do transparency, empathy, and meaning work in practice? As demands for social accountability rise, so do demands on leaders. This article, based on a range of McKinsey research and case studies of leaders in action, provides a glimpse of the emerging new leadership imperative. Sometimes it’s...
Allan: Harnessing blockchain technology as a tool for changemaking
By participating in and eventually co-leading initiatives through RLabs, Allan is incubating technology-driven ideas for improving the lives of young people across South Africa.
Mavericks Don’t Rebel, They Fight What Blocks Their Goals
Managing mavericks is certainly not a job for the faint-hearted leader. It is a tightrope walk to allow their minds the freedom to explore, while holding them on a leash of right behavior and attitude to organizational values. But the return on effort is immense — their passionate curiosity and...
Become Local Change Makers Through Social Entrepreneurship
We now live in an ever-changing world that demands everyone to be able to contribute to and adapt to change, i.e., to be a changemaker, to be able to participate and contribute.
Gearing up: How Megan is bridging the gender divide in tech through LEGO robots
Megan is contributing to a growing movement of young female changemakers who encourage other young girls to pursue STEM education.
How Baby "Teachers" in Classrooms are Teaching Older Kids Empathy
Empathy and the ability to understand the cruelty of a mean comment or text can stop bullying in its tracks. But how do you teach it? TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones goes inside one Washington, D.C., school that may have found the way.
QBE and Ashoka announce winners of the Urban Resilience Challenge
Earlier this year, Ashoka and QBE launched the Urban Resilience Challenge, a competition designed to identify pioneering tech start-ups that are preparing cities across the U.S. to respond to social, economic, and physical risks. On Oct. 23, 2019, the ten finalists convened at QBE’s North America...
No, You Don’t Need to Start a Business
Every 7–10 years people become particularly enamored with this idea: “Wouldn’t it be cool to make money and do good at the same time? Brilliant!” This idea turns quickly contagious — in part because most of philanthropy comes from the world of business, which makes the idea not only familiar but a...
Perspectives on changemaking from five of Ireland's Changemaker Schools
"We will use the best thing Ireland has - people." Hear from students and teachers in Ireland why changemaking must be the new norm.
Changemaker Education in India: Featuring Study Hall School in Lucknow and Jayshree Periwal International School in Jaipur
With changing times, the role of schools needs to change. Leading schools across India are enabling young people to thrive in a world of change by enabling them to become changemakers. Therefore, schools need to redefine their own measure of success to be "how many of your students identify as...
Changemaker Education in India: Featuring Tribune Model School in Chandigarh and Aklavya International School in Puducherry
This India Today episode features two leading schools of the country - Tribune Model School in Chandigarh and Aklavya International School in Puducherry. Helping young people develop a changemaking mindset from a young age, these schools are reimagining education around raising changemakers...
How EMGuidance Is Saving Lives In South Africa
“As a rural doctor, many times you find yourself without help, and a lot of times you feel very alone and scared because you're making decisions that ultimately could result in the loss of a life. That feeling of being alone and unsure isn't spoken about a lot in medicine. We're making sure that...
Hamse Warfa, on The Future of Digital Identity
Hamse, what did you create? My co-founders and I created a digital economic identity platform. Harnessing the benefit of blockchain technology, our company provides a secure, portable ID that records and maintains an unlimited number of transactions, economic and otherwise, such as: health data...
Jessica - Promoting diversity and inclusion among classmates in Surabaya, Indonesia
Combatting intolerance, Jessica’s initiative encourages interaction and inclusion among diverse groups of students.
Rere - Creating a culture of self-expression and positivity in Magelang, Indonesia
Rere opened a “multiliteracy” center to encourage a culture of reading, writing, and changemaking in her community.
“What can I do for my village?” Riski strives for community prosperity in Malang, Indonesia
Thanks to the support and inspiration from his family, Riski is leading initiatives that address both environmental and economic challenges to improve his village.
Stronger together: Sisters Shreya and Sahana encourage resilience and independence for girls in Charlotte, North Carolina
Ignited by a family history of changemaking, Shreya and Sahana embark on their own changemaking journey to change the landscape of economic mobility in their hometown.
RJ - Changing consumer behavior to reduce e-waste across Indonesia
Starting with a research question, RJ is dedicated to reducing electronic waste through normalizing recycling and, more importantly, sustainable consumption of electronics.
Lita - Hosting creative spaces to find your inner power in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Lita invites her peers to engage in personal exploration and intellectual bravery, while fostering an environment that supports multiculturalism and changemaking.
Ila - Strengthening young women’s voices through storytelling
Ila started to discover her changemaking power when she began to question oppressive cultural norms that hinder girls’ access to education in Bulukumba, Indonesia.
Angela - Daring young people to dream and lead in Surabaya, Indonesia
Angela’s story highlights how a group of teens can create a cultural shift towards changemaking in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Max and Sam Strickerberger: Uplifting voices through cultural dialogue in Washington D.C.
Max and Sam harness the collective power of storytelling and young voices through co-leading a network of students.
Vitor: Planting seeds for young environmentalists in Atalanta, Brazil
To make farming more sustainable, Vitor and his peers are working with farmers to preserve and protect the sociobiodiversty of their region.
Father Of Social Entrepreneurship Says "Society Is At A Profound Turning Point"
“The new inequality in the world is between those people who are in the new game, who have the underlying very complex abilities to contribute to change, to adapt to change, to live and work in a world not of institutions, but of fluid, open, integrated teams of teams,” says Ashoka founder and CEO...
Changemaker High School: Where Students Are In Charge
Changemakers High School in Tucson, Arizona belongs to a national network of schools that are committed to preparing students for a world that is defined by change and requires a new mindset. The values of empathy, teamwork, and leadership are as important at Changemaker High as math and reading...
Accelerating Healthcare Access: Every Mother and Child Thriving
What are the biggest challenges in providing good quality healthcare to people in developing countries? And how are leading social entrepreneurs and business experts working together to overcome these barriers? Accelerating Healthcare Access (AHA!) is a collaboration between Ashoka, the Philips...
Alley Gating and Greening: The Baltimore Story and How CG Began
How the Patterson Park neighborhood created wonder out of an alleyway, and How Community Greens Began
Why Should You Develop Community Greens in your City?
Discover the benefits of developing a community green in your city
Seth Flaxman, on the Future of Voting
Seth Flaxman, creator of Democracy Works, describes "our shared challenge: how do we create a culture of voting? Our free toolkit can help. "According to the U.S. Census survey of nonvoters (yes, the Census asks about this), a collection of process problems are a bigger hurdle than voter apathy...
Artificial Intelligence, Health, and the Future of Human Agency
Dr. Stephen Friend, a globally acclaimed serial entrepreneur and biomedical researcher, talks about how the future of health could be a radical new model of health, augmented by artificial intelligence (AI) machines that begin to replace replace a doctor’s decision making, but counterbalanced by a...
Meet the 10 finalists for the QBE Urban Resilience challenge
Meet the QBE Urban Resilience Challenge finalists and discover how they are using technology to build strong and sustainable cities.
A Special Power: Ensuring that Information Technology is Good for All
Some of the world's leading social entrepreneurs are working to ensure that the powerful digital technologies shaping our world will serve the good of all. They are creating key institutions, such as Wikipedia, while building and defending the legal, economic, and organizational frameworks needed to...
Isabelle: Activating young black women in São Paulo, Brazil through technology
Realizing the lack of real opportunities for girls like her, Isabelle created the Projeto Meninas Negras, a social project that combats racial and gender inequalities.
Elly Savatia: Mobilizing young changemakers through the SDGs in Kenya and Nigeria
By spreading knowledge of the SDGs Goals to young people, Elly and his team are equipping his generation with the mindset and skills to implement each goal for the good of all.
Felipe: Revitalizing public spaces in Rio de Janeiro
Felipe is bringing pride back to living in Rio de Janeiro's favelas by beautifying spaces and encouraging creative play.
Carlla: Democratizing science to foster curious, conscious citizens
Carlla hopes to not only share knowledge about astronomy, but also promote a culture of inquiry and openness to new ideas among young people in Brazil.