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From Outliers To A Growing Force: What Do Women Entrepreneurs In The Middle East Need To Thrive?

From Outliers To A Growing Force: What Do Women Entrepreneurs In The Middle East Need To Thrive? | Changemaking | Scoop.it

For many years in the Middle East, the harsh weather, the oil wealth, male dominance of the public space, as well as a traditional patriarchal society made it difficult—or unnecessary—for women to enter the business world. But some were able to break through and thrive in that sector.

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When will women in the Middle East get the opportunities to contribute to society as entrepreneurs? Thanks to a competition by Ashoka Changemakers, that day may come sooner than we think. 

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The Difference Between 'I'm Sorry' and 'I've Been There'

The Difference Between 'I'm Sorry' and 'I've Been There' | Changemaking | Scoop.it

 Sympathy requires you to find compassion -- from a distance -- for another's misfortune. Empathy demands that you revisit your own pain in order to relate to someone else's.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

When our friends and family come to us with problems, we are given opportunities not just to sympathize, but to empathize with them. By practicing this skill, we not only help others cope with their emotions, but we also become more understanding of others and more ready to help them solve their problems.

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Ramadan can teach us all about collective empathy

Ramadan can teach us all about collective empathy | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Islam teaches that one way to gain empathy for others is to experience their difficulties. During the month-long fast, which this year started June 29 and ends Sunday, we experience hunger. Contrary to popular perception, fasting during the day is not the hard part.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

While many might not realize it, Ramadan, or the month-long fast practiced by Muslims, is a powerful tool to cultivate empathy for others. By fasting from sunrise through sunset, Muslims are able to empathize with those who are not as fortunate and so act in their interest.

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Why Empathy Can Help CEOs Simplify Their Company Strategy

Why Empathy Can Help CEOs Simplify Their Company Strategy | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Empathy for our colleagues means giving them more than just the promise of a fulfilling career.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Even if you're not the CEO of your company, you can still do your part to practice empathy in the office. By bringing this interpersonal skill to the workplace, we can go to and leave the office every day with a strong sense of fulfillment.

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How To Be An Empathetic Parent Even When It Feels Hard

How To Be An Empathetic Parent Even When It Feels Hard | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Empathy is when a person accurately communicates that they see another's intentions and emotional state. It means watching our child's frustration and focusing on how life feels in that little child's body, while putting our own anger and agenda into the background.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

As the author writes, empathy is a cornerstone of parenting. Because young children don't know how to express themselves, parents must learn to see the world from their point of view and help them accordingly.

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Make Every Day Mandela Day

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Linda Twala is providing warmth and e'Pap meals to over 500 vulnerable people in Alexandra, South Africa in honor of Mandela Day. Are you interested in helping out? Call 011 325 4340.

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Win $20,000: How would you reinvent foreign aid?

Win $20,000: How would you reinvent foreign aid? | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Global Development Network in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invites you to submit your essays to the GDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014.

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Foreign aid is a crucial part of development, but are there ways to improve it? Submit your entries and get the chance to make a global impact!

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Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. 

The Ashoka Community's insight:

This New York Times Bestseller offers you the chance to learn new and more creative ways to solve the problems you face. Here's one of their tips: Learn to say "I don't know," and then start learning what you need to.

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Leaders of Learning: An Online Course by HarvardX

Leaders of Learning: An Online Course by HarvardX | Changemaking | Scoop.it
Explore and understand your own theories of learning and leadership. Gain the tools to imagine and build the future of learning.
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Leadership and Learning often go hand in hand. If you'd like to become both a better leader and a better learner, take this free online course!

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Empathy and Compassion in Society 2014: Changing the Way the World Works

Empathy and Compassion in Society 2014: Changing the Way the World Works | Changemaking | Scoop.it

November 13, 2014

10:00AM

Fort Mason Center,

San Francisco, CA

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Like other skills, empathy can be learned and acquired. If you're interested in studying the research behind empathy, consider attending this conference this November!

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Unilever Sustainable Living Awards 2014

Unilever Sustainable Living Awards 2014 | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Unilever is once again inviting young people to come up with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards. 

The Ashoka Community's insight:

When you form a team and join a competition on Changemakers, you'll get helpful feedback on your project idea from social innovators from all over the world. Everyone's a winner, because everyone is a changemaker.

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Learn Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation!

Learn Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation! | Changemaking | Scoop.it

A 7-week course that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help you use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.

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Interested in learning the design thinking method? Sign up for Acumen and IDEO.org's Human-Centered Design Class, which opens in Fall 2014!

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PERSPECTIVE: Play - a serious solution to economic and social challenges?

PERSPECTIVE: Play - a serious solution to economic and social challenges? | Changemaking | Scoop.it

“It’s not about doing more earlier. It’s not about teaching them to read or write earlier and earlier. It’s actually about making sure they’ve got some of the underpinning skills on which so much of the rest of their life is going to be based."


Via The Ashoka Community, Lance Katigbak
The Ashoka Community's insight:

Ashoka supports a number of fellows whose work revolves around giving children the right to play, such as Darrell Hammond of KaBOOM! and Jill Vialet of Playworks. As the article points out, play is one often underestimated way of teaching the changemaking skills such as creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership that we need for the future. 

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, June 12, 11:17 AM

Ashoka supports a number of fellows whose work revolves around giving children the right to play, such as Darrell Hammond of KaBOOM! and Jill Vialet of Playworks. As the article points out, play is one often underestimated way of teaching the changemaking skills such as creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership that we need for the future. 

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How Can A 6-Month Competition for $75,000 Change the World?

How Can A 6-Month Competition for $75,000 Change the World? | Changemaking | Scoop.it

So what was the secret? Ashoka and General Electric got the finalists to work with their former rivals.


The Ashoka Community's insight:

Ashoka's Changemakers is built around the idea of collaborative innovation. When you join a competition, you don't just find out if you win or lose; you also get helpful feedback from judges and even some of your competitors!

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The difficulty of starting up a social enterprise in a warzone

The difficulty of starting up a social enterprise in a warzone | Changemaking | Scoop.it
With a little help, social enterprises can help rebuild countries overrun by conflict
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With the ongoing Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Palestine conflicts, this article remains relevant. Can social enterprises help rebuild these nations after the dust settles?

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Lack of empathy a heavy cross to bear for disabled

Lack of empathy a heavy cross to bear for disabled | Changemaking | Scoop.it

In 2012, following a Madras High Court intervention, ten MTC buses were fitted with special hydraulic lifts to allow wheelchairs. But these are not in use today. The official reason: other passengers complained that it delayed the bus at stops.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Less empathy continues to hurt more and more people. As we move towards a more empathetic world, we are able to understand and support those who were born with different abilities, and help them live life like the rest of us.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, July 22, 6:11 PM

Less empathy continues to hurt more and more people. As we move towards a more empathetic world, we are able to understand and support those who were born with different abilities, and help them live life like the rest of us.

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Great product design? It's about empathy and delight

Great product design? It's about empathy and delight | Changemaking | Scoop.it

 “Design is really about empathy, not beauty. It’s not how it looks, it’s how it works and fits together. At the end of the day, if a customer has a good experience using your product, that’s the end criteria.”

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Why do we choose some products over others? Simply put, it's because those products were made by people who empathize with our needs and produce fantastic solutions to solve them accordingly. Great advice for entrepreneurs!

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The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill by Karla McLaren

The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill

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What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve our relationships and our emotional lives?

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If you're interested in learning more about how you can learn empathy, consider picking up this book. Don't forget to shop on Amazon Smile!

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Journalism for Social Change

We're bringing together Mexican and international journalists to share best practices, discuss current challenges, and make journalism a catalyst for social change.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Ashoka pioneered collaborative entrepreneurship, and now we're taking it to other professions. By bringing some of the world's top journalists together, we can find ways to use their profession to shape the common good.

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Unleash your latent leaders

Unleash your latent leaders | Changemaking | Scoop.it

“A team is characterized by the fact that every single person takes the initiative and is a ‘changemaker.’”

The Ashoka Community's insight:

In order for companies and organizations to remain agile in today's world, leadership cannot just come from the top. Each individual must play an active role in leading and solving problems.

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Jose-Pablo Fernandez's curator insight, July 10, 8:00 PM

Estamos lanzando un nuevo proyecto para que los padres hispanos se conviertan en agentes de cambio.  Este es un scoop de prueba para ver cómo se podría utilizar esta herramienta en la comunidad hispana.

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5 Ways Young Leaders Can Get Others To Take Them Seriously

5 Ways Young Leaders Can Get Others To Take Them Seriously | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"For a generation that's making a name for itself via hashtags, clicks, and iPhone sales, we're shaping the information landscape--and entering change-making leadership positions with new skills and experiences that challenge our "selfie" centered stereotypes."

The Ashoka Community's insight:

The dynamics of leadership are rapidly changing. Today, success is no longer contingent on being intelligent or skilled, but rather on knowing how to relate with others and communicate with them effectively.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, June 13, 11:01 AM

The dynamics of leadership are rapidly changing and more and more young leaders are running today's businesses. Ashoka shares the belief with the author that success is no longer just contingent on being intelligent or skilled, but rather on knowing how to relate with others and how to communicate with them effectively. 

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Channel empathy with optimism- Bill & Melinda Gates to Stanford graduates

Channel empathy with optimism- Bill & Melinda Gates to Stanford graduates | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Even in dire situations, optimism can fuel innovation and lead to new tools to eliminate suffering. But if you never really see the people who are suffering, your optimism can't help them. You will never change their world."

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Empathy must be cultivated alongside technology and innovation. Through Changemaker schools and changing the Youth Years, Ashoka is laying the groundwork for establishing empathy as a critical skill for all people. Interested in getting involved? Visit www.startempathy.org. 

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, June 16, 11:55 AM

In their joint commencement address to the graduates of Stanford University, Bill & Melinda Gates emphasize the need for empathy and compassion to go alongside technology and innovation. Through programs like Youth Venture and Changemakers, Ashoka supports projects by young people and aspiring social entrepreneurs that are founded on the empathetic understanding of the human condition that the Gateses spoke of.

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Adam Grant: The Giving Revolution

Adam Grant: The Giving Revolution | Changemaking | Scoop.it

For givers, success is not defined by what they have accomplished individually; it’s about what they’ve accomplished that benefited others and how they likely “enlarged the pie” so all can succeed.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Giving is one of the best ways to become a better team player. Giving without expecting anything in return is one way to succeed not just in the corporate world, but also in our everyday dealings with other people.

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Why Design Thinking Should Be At The Core Of Your Business Strategy Development

Why Design Thinking Should Be At The Core Of Your Business Strategy Development | Changemaking | Scoop.it
So many times we get together to solve a problem and nothing is accomplished—it’s frustrating. Sadly, many approaches to solving business challenges are misaligned for various reasons—pick your poison. Innovative, business changing ideas can be fleeting at times, but that’s the gist of what design thinking helps address.
The Ashoka Community's insight:

More and more businesses and organizations are using design thinking to solve their biggest problems, and so can you. By empathizing with your audience, you too can solve problems more efficiently and more effectively.

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Support Ashoka on AmazonSmile!

Support Ashoka on AmazonSmile! | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Amazon donates 0.5% of your AmazonSmile purchase price to the charity of your choice. 

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You can support Ashoka's efforts just by shopping! Simply visit www.smile.amazon.com and choose Ashoka in the list of charities.

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