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Bolivia native Gabriela Flores, founded Kirah Design in 2008 as a way to combat the poverty in her own country with business solutions. Her goal was to create sustainable jobs while bringing Bolivia’s beauty to the world.
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Typically, loan officers evaluate risk and package financial products based on the information provided by credit reports.
For many schools under pressure to add instructional time, recess is often the first thing to go.
As the world moves farther into the 21st century, previously well established divides between the profit-driven world and the philanthropic sector are beginning to crumble. Things just aren’t as simple as they used to be.
"For-profit models are designed for maximum scale and thus can be indispensable in designing long-term solutions to address the social and environmental challenges of our time"
Dennis Whittle is Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers. He was co-founder and CEO of GlobalGiving and, earlier, Principal Economist at the World Bank where his team created the Development Marketplace. Elizabeth Christopherson is...
Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, and “by popular consent the most effective of Britain's eco-warriors.” He's currently a special adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, a senior associate...
The topic of social economy is a trend in rise on the back of the Social Enterprise Promotion Act and Basic Law on Cooperatives coming into force in 2007 and 2012, respectively. According to Korea ...
If, as Bill Drayton says, empathy is a skill that must be learned, why not bring empathy to the classroom?
What do we need to succeed in the future? What do we need to teach our children so that they can thrive? Ashoka believes that cognitive empathy, combined with everyday acts of kindness, is a fundamental skill to exceed in. Read about Ashoka fellow Mary Gordon's Roots of Empathy to learn more.
A billboard that's not just a show-off. It's solving Lima's drinking water problem.
Engineers at UTEC take up the challenge of converting the dense humid air of Lima into safe drinking water. Ingenious, cost-effective and easily replicable, it's an invention for the community--it's problem-solving at its best.
"'If your nonprofit decides to become active on LinkedIn, it’s recommended that you follow some of the early adopters and study their LinkedIn Pages to help get a sense of the LinkedIn community and what type of content they engage with.
Ashoka's LinkedIn page has garnered much attention in the non--profit space. With founder Bill Drayton becoming a Top Influencer on LinkedIn, we're excited to see how social media and social good can be combined in their aims to become a fuild, team-of teams world! Check out our LinkedIn Page for more updates.
Steven Clift launched E-Democracy.org in 1994 and it is the world's first election information website. His “government by day, citizen by night” insights were built as leader of the State of Minnesota's first e-government initiative.
Ashoka US Fellow Steven Clift has been driving community-level change by harnessing online tools. His initiative e-democracy.org encourages civic participation and positive action. His work was recently recongnised and Clift was named a Champions for Change by the White House. Read all about Clift's own experience here.
"Social entrepreneurs are very special. They sense opportunities where others see problems." - Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO. #IndiaFF
In this latest Ashoka video, created specially for the first-ever Ashoka India Future Forum, five senior India fellows talk about their vision for the future. As the world moves forward, these fellows highlight the need for a new world where the skills of a changemaker will be the most sought after.
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has addressed the United Nations as part of her campaign to ensure free compulsory education for every child.
She's still fighting for a cause that almost killed her. It's been nine months since Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in favour of girls' education. Now speaking at the United Nations, Yousafzai demands that global leaders focus on educating all children as the future of the world rests in their hands.
Recently, a global survey among business students showed that banking is no longer their preferred career. For a talent-dependent industry (as previously argued on Forbes), this signals trouble.
"What is the most powerful force in the world? The answer is always a pattern-change idea, but only if it's in the hands of a really good entrepreneur. It's that combination that moves history."
photo: Threshold Collaborative Alisa del Tufo has been teaching people how to listen deeply for over 20 years. She has founded three organizations and is the recipient of many awards in recognition of her innovations.
At a high school in Vermont, Amir Flesher gives his students a glimpse into how their minds work—with the goal of making adolescence less painful and nurturing
A traditional Native American wigwam What’s a wigwam you ask? An architectural historian might refer to it as a Native American dwelling, but by today’s standards the wigwam is a super high performance building.
Syreeta Gates is no trust fund baby. She grew up in Jamaica, Queens—specifically, in Rochdale Village, which today is the largest predominantly minority-owned cooperative in the country.
"The technology we now have at our fingertips allows for the spread of good ideas faster than ever before. It allows forward-thinking leaders to scale-up proven solutions to change the way the world does business—it’s not just about reducing negative impacts but also about making positive contributions."
Globally, the youth is now more connected than ever before. The combination, of technology and youth, can solve more problems now, and faster. Paul Polak talks about this being the age of choices--the choice to participate, the choice to make a change, the choice to be a leader.
Social entrepreneurs are driving a global movement to think, eat, and grow local. UK Venture Manager Julia Koskella (@JuliaKoskella) shares Ashoka’s key insights for success as part of a series on leading trends in social entrepreneurship and the environment coming out of Europe. This is the first post in the series.
"How do we figure out what is ours to pick up and what is not, particularly when we are exposed to problems around the globe 24/7?"
For achieving an EACH universe, we will have to restructure our responses to needs of our communities. In a world that is rapidly changing, we need to discern our own potential, as well as that of our organisations to effectively contribute to the future. It's time to decide--who are our true leaders?
"For India and the world, it is essential that every child and young person develops these skills. You can't be a change-maker by reading a book. This is the ultimate bicycle ride.You have to do it."
In an interview to Times of India at the Ashoka India Future Forum in June, Ashoka CEO Bill Drayton talks about the importance of changemaking skills in the future. For more updates, visit #IndiaFF.
By creating public benefit corporations, the state wants to ensure that business ethics is no longer an oxymoron
Restructuring the social enterprise is one of the most contentious debates of our financially-complex times. With old hierarchies and structures now fast bcoming redundant, there's definitely need for policy to reflect this change. A start in Delware, where a landmark legislation was pased to create a new category called the the public benefit corporation, may be a positive sign for the future. Read all about Benefit Corporations here.
“This year’s challenge is dedicated to helping Ashoka support social entrepreneurs wherever and whenever we find them,” says Ashoka’s president Diana Wells. Donate to the Brin Wojcicki challenge here. #supportSocEnt