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

Who will get the Covid-19 vaccine?

Addressing deep-rooted inequities in access to medicine
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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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Ashoka, the Coronavirus, and You

Across the board, Ashoka Fellows are playing vital roles. Many responded quickly months ago and are working to make sure all people are as supported as possible right now, and that the new ways of organizing will sustain a changemaker world – more inclusive, more resilient, everyone steps up for the...
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