Changemakers Stepping Up, Responding to the Pandemic

All over the world, people are seizing the moment, creatively solving problems and expressing love and respect in action

Social entrepreneurs are first responders to the COVID-19 crisis. This is why they need support.

The 60-member COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs provides interventions to support social entrepreneurship during COVID-19
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Lessons From The Frontlines: Preparing A Global Vaccine Workforce

Dr. Sanjeev Arora had been using Zoom for years, long before Covid-19 put it on the desktop of every manager, consultant, and third-grade teacher from Columbus to Capetown. He founded Project ECHO — Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes — to encourage a two-way flow of expertise by connecting...
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Will Covid Be The Opportunity We Need To Reimagine Learning?

American schools are embarking on an enormous unplanned experiment to reinvent the routines of education, whether that means meeting in a classroom, or learning outside or online. Scott Hartl, who leads EL Education, sees an opportunity to use this unprecedented disruption to go further, to...
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Social entrepreneurs respond to “a molten lava moment”

Four Ashoka Fellows on what they’re learning right now, what’s ahead, and why they’re hopeful
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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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Want to know about COVID-19 in Haiti? Ask a nurse

The World Health Organisation declared 2020 “The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” marking 200 years since Florence Nightingale founded the profession. Yet the voices of the world’s 28 million nurses, the vast majority of whom are women, often go unheard. In Haiti, where COVID-19 cases...
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Re-imagining Education in India: Lessons learnt from Covid 19

In India 320 million (32 crore) students have been affected by one of the most draconian lockdown in history. Schools shut down and the Indian Government was quick to recommend a shift to ‘online teaching’, failing to take into cognizance India’s huge digital divide and its embedded gender and class...
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ChangemakHER steps Up to Lead Change

Amira El Masry, one of the winners of the Young ChangemakHERs Transformative Journey and Competition, has been working to scale her initiative Ohana in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohana leverages art to cultivate a culture of empathy and tackle bullying toward refugee children among youth in...
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Will the Covid Crisis Spur Us to End Homelessness?

The Covid pandemic is exposing cracks in numerous public systems—including health care, finance, and housing. In fact, says Rosanne Haggerty, founder of Community Solutions and a global expert on homelessness, the three are closely linked. Before Covid, homelessness was an epidemic on its own. Now...
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Changemakers of the Pandemic

Changemakers of the Pandemic is a vodcast by Ashoka Young Changemaker Manat from California. These stories offer us hope and optimism during this time of uncertainty by demonstrating the power and journeys of changemakers. By highlighting leaders of all ages, Manat aspires to show how anyone can...
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Empowering Changemakers During the Pandemic

A New Narrative for Challenging Times Countries across Europe have started to turn the corner on COVID-19. But the pandemic’s effects will be felt long after lockdowns have ended. Our understanding of ‘normal’ has been shaken. Many of us feel exposed and vulnerable — economically, socially...
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The Crisis that Sparks an Evolution: How COVID-19 can prompt corporations to re-think their role in society

For corporations to thrive, the only way to navigate this period of change will be to embrace it — they need to mobilise an army of problem-solvers and become changemakers in society
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The Path to the Covid Recovery is Paved with Renewable Energy

Sustainable energy has the power to create an inclusive society
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Closing the School Year Through the Eyes of Changemakers

We are closing this academic year and wondering how we move forward in the face of so much uncertainty and hardship. Good news: Changemaking is not restricted by lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing. Changemaking is a power within us all, and it can be activated at any moment, regardless of...
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An Entrepreneur's Quest to Fix Drug Patents and Save Lives

Restoring the integrity of America’s patent system to incentivize progress and make drugs affordable
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To Change the Migration Narrative, We Need Fact-Checkers

In the fight against disinformation, one media outlet is redirecting readers who seek out the negative
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Ashoka Fellows Celebrate Ramadan By Giving Back

Beyond being a period for spiritual reflection, celebration, and gathering with family, Ramadan has always been a season of generosity and an opportunity to give back to the community.
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Young Leaders Mobilize Across Africa

How Africa’s vast youth population is stepping up with creative solutions during the coronavirus pandemic
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Pandemic or Paradigm Shift?

Reflections on young people, learning, and social change that enable a new consciousness to arise from this time
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Gender Equality In Times of COVID-19

Ashoka Belgium talks to Isabella Lenarduzzi: Fellow spotlight during Covid19
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Fellows Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Ashoka Arab World Fellows are pivoting their work to adjust amidst a staggering global health crisis and building innovative approaches to deal with the challenges unfolding from the pandemic.
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New Alliance Helps Social Entrepreneurs Overcome the Impacts of COVID-19

$75 million already mobilized by alliance launched at the World Economic Forum
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COVID-19’s Impact on Migration, Asylum, and Integration

New perspectives and solutions to respond to refugees and migrants’ needs in these unprecedented times
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How Indigenous People Are Being Affected by Coronavirus — and Why We Should 'Screw the Normal'

Nick Tilsen of the NDN Collective says the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic provides "opportunity here to architect and build a new world"
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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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To Turn a Corner, Trust Social Entrepreneurs

Many social entrepreneurs are working 24/7 to adapt quickly, surface needs from their communities, mobilize millions of changemakers, and anchor the deeper societal transitions that are coming. They are showing impressive creativity and impact — and many have ready-made solutions not only for the...
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Activity Guides for Changemaking at Home

Changemaking can start at home. These guides are for young people, educators, and parents to discover the power they have to create positive change, even from the kitchen table.
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Behind the Masks: How A Consortium of Dutch Nurses is Redefining Care in Times of Crisis

Jos de Blok is a Dutch nurse who founded Buurtzorg, a network of over 8,000 nurses who participate in a model of home care that KPMG found halves costs, improves quality, and makes happier caregivers. Buurtzorg sounded the alarm early and began managing masks and tests nationwide. Ashoka spoke to...
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Build Change: Rethinking Housing After The Crisis

Elizabeth Hausler started Build Change in 2004 to make safe, disaster-resistant houses the new norm across the world. In the years since, she and her team of civil engineers have responded to dozens of natural disasters, arriving after the immediate crisis clears to support local builders and help...
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Why We Don’t Want a Return to Normal

On #EarthDay2020, a look at the need for environmental changemaking in Mexico and beyond.
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Meet the Young People Leading Us Forward

How eight young changemakers are solving social problems during our global crisis, from Brazil to Bangladesh
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Misinformation Spreads Faster Than Coronavirus: How A Social Organization In Turkey Is Fighting Fake News

Journalist Mehmet Atakan Foça started Teyit (“confirmation” in Turkish) in 2016 to address misinformation propagated by media organizations and social media users. We spoke with him this week to learn more about what his fact-checkers are working on during the Covid-19 crisis.

Mehmet Atakan Foca

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

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The Parent's Guide to Changemaking Conversations

Tips for sparking and supporting the desire to make a difference, starting at home.
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7 Wellbeing Tips for Working Online

How can we bridge the distance to build a culture of community and care? Our advice from years of connecting across continents.
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The Right to Relate: Cycling Without Age

Finding innovative ways to break through the isolation of the coronavirus crisis
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COVID Solution: Activation Session #1

Ashoka Fellows Dr. Aled Edwards and Dr. David Cuartielles discuss their work to combat the coronavirus and to prevent future devastation
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Fact Checking Stories About Covid-19: How A World-Wide Network Of Scientists Is Kept Very Busy

Science Feedback is a not-for-profit organization that works with a network of scientists all over the world to verify influential claims and media coverage, so that internet users have access to scientifically sound information. The coronavirus has brought them a lot of extra work. Ashoka Fellow...
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Bangladesh’s New Generation Of Women-Led Labor Unions Confronts The Pandemic

The garment industry's four million workers—mostly women—are seeing their lives upended
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Connecting Organizations on the Front Lines of COVID-19 with Talent

Get help sourcing and screening talent to fill urgent paid and volunteer positions.
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Responses to the Pandemic

Learn how Ashoka Fellows in 90+ countries are responding to the Covid-19 crisis and imagining a post-pandemic world
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Catalyzing Change in Child Welfare During COVID-19

Catalyzing Change in Child Welfare During COVID-19
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Rising To Thailand’s Covid-19 Challenge

Raising an army of volunteers to prepare Thailand's health infrastructure for the battle of a lifetime
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We Must Flatten The Curve For Small Businesses Too

Employee-owned businesses are more resilient: they outlast their competitors in business cycle downturns, lay off fewer workers, and rehire them faster
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Changemakers respond to COVID-19

We live in a rapidly changing world — and perhaps that’s never felt more true than in the midst of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has taken thousands of lives, separated families and communities, shuttered businesses, eliminated jobs, and cast a cloud of uncertainty over the future. In the midst of...
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Solving the Stimulus Package's Payroll Tax Dilemma

Eliminating Payroll Tax Is Key To Job And Economic Growth
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Resilience to Impact Video

We are all experiencing profound challenges during this time of global crisis. But we are in this together and we will come out the other side stronger because that is what an Everyone a Changemaker World is all about! #Changemakers can leverage the following changemaker skills to go from...
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Respirators From 3D Printers: How The Spanish Maker Community Fights Covid-19 From Their Living Rooms

Under the name Coronavirus Makers, thousands of citizens in Spain have been connecting online to fight against the shortage of life-saving equipment
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Preventing Disease Outbreaks: Lessons From Uganda

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka who teaches Ugandans how to prevent disease outbreaks gives insights into the current novel coronavirus pandemic and how we can prevent future outbreaks
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Meet Your New Coworkers: Your Kids

Working from home with kids present is an entirely different situation. Here are three tips for not losing your mind.
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