Stories from Ashoka Staff

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.
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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.
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Ara Kusuma - Since 10 years old, changemaking for the love of cows

Ara's story shows how an early start at changemaking set her on a changemaking pathway for life.
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Bill Drayton: "Once a young person has had a dream, built a team, and changed their world… they will be a changemaker for life"

In elementary school I could not imagine why I was being tortured by Latin or Math, and my perception of soccer was chiefly that of being a crashee. But I loved starting things, especially newspapers. Once I had saved enough to buy a mimeograph machine (the prior technology being typing hard with as...
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Simon Stumpf on early changemaking: "In the world today, we will all be called upon to lead at some point"

Simon Stumpf, Director of Ashoka’s Fellow selection program in the U.S., shares how he seized his own opportunity to lead as pre-teen when family circumstances demanded and how he didn’t stop there. As a parent today facing a world of great change and challenges, he shares his thoughts on what it...
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Valeria Budinich: Helping social entrepreneurs to access capital and resources to scale their initiatives

Valeria Budinich is a social entrepreneur and organizational strategist with 25 years’ experience specializing in high-impact business/social entrepreneurship. Valeria’s pathway as a leading social entrepreneur started with a roulette wheel. When she was ten, she asked her parents for one for...
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