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What is the Future of Technology for Changemaking?

What is the Future of Technology for Changemaking? | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Social Entrepreneurs Changing Lives Through ICT showcases 26 examples of how Ashoka Fellows use technology to maximize social impact, envisions the potential that will be unleashed by overcoming common technology challenges, and invites technologists to use their skills to change the world.


Via Eana Chung
The Ashoka Community's insight:

Wendy Hawkins, Executive Director of the Intel Foundation, explains that "ICT for the sake of ICT is a waste of precious resources." ICT can bring deep value to social change by igniting, accelerating, and amplifying social impact being created by social entrepreneurs. 


Check out the report, and RSVP to watch Intel Foundation President Justin Rattner talk changemaking with three Ashoka Fellows at http://bit.ly/tech2changemakers.

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DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT: How Your Nonprofit Can Launch A Successful Holiday Giving Campaign

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT: How Your Nonprofit Can Launch A Successful Holiday Giving Campaign | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"It’s no secret the holidays are an opportunity for nonprofits to deliver their best asks for the giving season. If you don’t wow people with something innovative, your campaign will get lost in all the noise."

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Creating a successful holiday giving campaign, especially with the recent growth in social media, can be rather stressful and exhausting. At the same time, holidays are the single biggest opportunity to raise funds throughout the year. According to Forbes and Possible, there are six steps or components of a star campaign. "Do Something Different", which is the second component, is one of the underlying drives of changemakers across industries, sectors and continents. 

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Tech Innovators as Changemakers: Google+ Hangout with Intel on Nov 5th, 12pm EST

Tech Innovators as Changemakers: Google+ Hangout with Intel on Nov 5th, 12pm EST | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Join Intel, Ashoka, & experts in tech and social innovation for a conversation on how to channel the massive financial, creative, skills, and knowledge resources in the tech sector for the betterment of global society.

Featuring:
Justin Rattner, President of Intel Foundation, Intel Senior Fellow
Sachin Malhan, Executive Director of Ashoka's Changemakers
Cristi Hegranes, Ashoka Fellow 2013, Founder of Global Press Institute
Njideka Harry, Ashoka Fellow 2011, Founder of Youth for Technology Foundation
Till Behnke, Ashoka Fellow 2008, Founder of betterplace.org and Head of Millicom Foundation

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Ask leading tech innovators your questions & share your own ideas on the future of technology for changemaking!

Check out the first Hangout we held in October and Meet the Brightest Minds in ICT: bit.ly/brightestmindsict

For more insights, access Intel and Ashoka's new report, Social Entrepreneurs Changing Lives Through ICT: bit.ly/socinntech

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Investing in Technology that Emphasizes People - And Curing Traditional Health Care Models

Investing in Technology that Emphasizes People - And Curing Traditional Health Care Models | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Large healthcare outfits, university systems and Silicon Valley upstarts have tried this [patient-centered] approach with varying results before. But Iora wants to take this concept a step further by actively going after the most expensive, high-risk patients, spending more time and resources on each one, and investing in building in-house data analytics and IT tools. Along the way, the company is killing the standard model, in which doctors are paid for each service they provide, and redefining what a health provider is.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Rushika Fernandopulle creates teams-of-teams around high-risk patients, leveraging technology to add human relationships back into medicine and reducing health costs and emergency services along the way. Building a team of health coaches around patients in a data-centric way helps Iora more effectively improve the baseline health of communities.

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Rushika Fernandopulle is creating teams of teams around health care, looking at the whole person, not just segments of them, to create faster and better recoveries for patients. Adding relationships back into medicine, patients now create connections with their doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, nutritionists and others that may be on their team. He is revolutionizing the primary care model

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BREAKING NEWS: Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi shares the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 with Malala Yousafzai

BREAKING NEWS: Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi shares the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 with Malala Yousafzai | Changemaking | Scoop.it
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Ashoka is honoured to announce the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday, October 10, 2014 to Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi from India, and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai a passionate advocate for education.


The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two "for their struggle against the suppression of young people and for the right of all children to an education".


Kailash Satyarthi is the renowned leader in the global movement against child labor. He was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993. Muhammad Yunus, a member of the Ashoka Global Academy, was awarded the Nobel for his work in 2006 which transformed banking by enabling financial inclusion of the poor through microfinance. These social entrepreneurs demonstrate the power of social entrepreneurship to identify systems changing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Ashoka was founded by Bill Drayton in 1981 and is the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs with over 3000 fellows working in 80 countries supporting an “Everyone a Changemaker World .”


The 2014 prize has connections to the work of two Ashoka Fellows. Before becoming a global advocate for equal access to education for girls, Malala Yousafzai worked closely at Ashoka Fellow Mohamad Ali's school, Khpal Kor in Swat, Pakistan. This school provided Malala and other girls like her access to education where the opportunities for education were extremely limited. Malala  was speaker of the UNICEF sponsored "District Child Assembly" that Mohamad started to give children a voice, and allowed Malala the opportunity to hone her changemaking skills at an early age. The author of a memoir, “ I am Malala,” she is a passionate advocate for peace and education for girls.

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Ashoka is honoured to announce the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday, October 10, 2014 to Ashoka fellow Kailash Satyarthi from India, and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai a passionate advocate for education.

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COMMENT: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win 2014 Nobel peace prize

COMMENT: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win 2014 Nobel peace prize | Changemaking | Scoop.it

The Nobel committee said it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism”.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 13, 9:15 AM

We are thrilled to hear about this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners! It is a great day for the recognition of human rights activists.   Congratulations Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi for your powerful work for the child labour movement, Malala Yousafzai for your efforts in championing equal education for girls   2014 Nobel Peace Prize trivia: This prize touches the work of two Ashoka Fellows, Malala studied at Mohammed Ali's school 

The Ashoka Community's curator insight, December 10, 11:21 AM

Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi founded the Save the Childhood Movement and through this work, has acted to protect the rights of over 80,000 children. He successfully spearheaded a countrywide movement to make education a Constitutional Provision which subsequently paved way for the creation of the right to access to free education for children in 2009 in India. As a reaction to wining the Nobel Prize, he stated, “It’s an honour to all those children who are still suffering in slavery, bonded labour and trafficking.”

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Youth Employment In Africa: Whose Job Is It?

Youth Employment In Africa: Whose Job Is It? | Changemaking | Scoop.it
With 61% of its population under 24, youth employment in Africa is the continent's greatest challenge.
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Self-reliance and entrepreneurship are keys to tackling the youth employment challenge in Africa. Therefore it is essential that governments create more enabling environments for innovation, empower youth to take part in creating solutions and inspire a new vision for the continent.


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Education And Employment: A New Kind Of Growing Up Experience For Youth In South Africa

Education And Employment: A New Kind Of Growing Up Experience For Youth In South Africa | Changemaking | Scoop.it

To the surprise of many, many of the African countries with the most severe youth employment crises are the more educated countries. Read about one change maker's innovative initiative that is empowering youth by bridging the gaps between education and employment.


The Ashoka Community's insight:

The role of education systems needs to extend beyond solely providing students with traditional schooling. They need to incorporate empathy, encourage innovation, inspire students to be changemakers and to enable community-wide transformation and sustainable and meaningful careers for youth.

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Insights From A Social Entrepreneur: 4 Key Approaches To Solving Africa’s Youth Employment Crisis

Insights From A Social Entrepreneur: 4 Key Approaches To Solving Africa’s Youth Employment Crisis | Changemaking | Scoop.it

“It is the whole package that allows a young person to stand stronger in his/her own shoes. [There is a] need for skills of heart and mind training, which helps nurture the social and emotional skills of young Changemakers.”


The Ashoka Community's insight:

Often solutions to the youth employment challenge in Africa solely emphasize equipping youth with technical skills; however teaching youth skills of the heart and leadership encourages them to nurture their natural capabilities and cultivate the technical skills they acquire to drive change.


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Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: The Private Sector Must Be At The Forefront Of Change

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: The Private Sector Must Be At The Forefront Of Change | Changemaking | Scoop.it
Youth unemployment poses challenges for growth and development in Africa, but the private sector could be the solution.
The Ashoka Community's insight:

The private sector has the capacity and much to gain from investing in talent and creating youth employment in Africa. Businesses can drive the creation of environments that will not only enable youth to sustain livelihoods but that will allow youth to practice changemaking and innovation, helping the business stay relevant and create value long-term.

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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.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

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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TAKE A BREAK: Balancing Work with the Holidays

TAKE A BREAK: Balancing Work with the Holidays | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"For too many social entrepreneurs, the holidays are just another time of the year when you work hard for a great idea to save the world."

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Changemakers are the some of the most passionate and driven individuals and with Christmas and New Year right around the corner, are working harder than ever. Changemakers.com offers some useful tips to achieve work-life balance, which include "practicing self-empathy"; a crucial component of the cognitive empathy movement. In the words of author Kate Petty, "treat yourself like you would your best friend."

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CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: Street Store, world's first free clothing store for the poor

CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: Street Store, world's first free clothing store for the poor | Changemaking | Scoop.it

The street store is the first rent-free, premises-free, free ‘pop-up clothing store’ for the poor in Cape Town, SA, found entirely on the streets and can be curated by anyone.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Cognitive empathy is a strong force that allows humans to see others as exactly that, humans, without all the societal noise in between. Street Store took the simple idea that everyone deserves the same shopping experience and access to necessities and put changemaking in action.  "As homelessness is not a South African problem", founders Max Pazak and Kayli Levitan made the idea available to anyone who wants to help their community and remind us that humanity is universal and contagious. 

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Video Games and Tech: Key to Learning Success?

Video Games and Tech: Key to Learning Success? | Changemaking | Scoop.it

“We’re trying to change education in a positive way, that’s the overarching goal,” said Jan von Meppen. “Basically, we’re trying to achieve that by using storytelling to put learning content into context with the real world.”

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Here's one takeaway: it’s less about the tools and gadgets  and much more about the skills we’re picking up -- even at the youngest age. Watch the video of the Hangout for more insights!

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How ICT Creates Changemaking Jobs in Africa

How ICT Creates Changemaking Jobs in Africa | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Sixty percent of unemployed Africans are between the ages of 15 and 24... Three social innovations are rewriting this story. These tech-based strategies are improving the job prospects of young Africans, while sparking stronger local economies from within communities.

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Mobile technology has revolutionized ICT in Africa and beyond. How are social entrepreneurs taking advantage of the tech boom to create job opportunities for local populations and empower young changemakers? Janet LongmoreJamila Abass, and Karim Sy demonstrate three job-creating approaches through ICT.

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Mobile technology has revolutionized ICT in Africa and beyond. How are social entrepreneurs taking advantage of the tech boom to create job opportunities for local populations and empower young changemakers? Janet Longmore, Jamila Abass, and Karim Sy demonstrate three job-creating approaches through ICT.

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WATCH: Ashoka Founder and CEO Bill Drayton discusses new Nobel Peace Prize on CNN

The Ashoka Community's insight:

'What is the most powerful force in the world? A big idea for the good, but only if it's in the hands of a great entrepreneur who will - like Kailash - stick with it year after year.' Bill Drayton speaks on why the time is now to empower our young people to become changemakers.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 13, 9:36 AM

'What is the most powerful force in the world? A big idea for the good, but only if it's in the hands of a great entrepreneur who will - like Kailash - stick with it year after year.' Bill Drayton speaks on the new Nobel Laureate, and why the time is now to empower our young people to become changemakers.

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READ MORE: Kailash Satyarthi, Ashoka Fellow

READ MORE: Kailash Satyarthi, Ashoka Fellow | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Kailash Satyarthi is fighting the use of child labour by creating domestic and international consumer resistance to products made by bonded children, as well as with direct legal and advocacy work. Through a number of training programs, he also helps children sold to pay their parents' debts to find new lives and serve as agents of prevention within their communities.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Kailash was born in 1953 in the small Indian town of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh. He has a degree in electrical engineering and a post-graduate diploma in high-voltage engineering.

After a few years of teaching engineering in a college in Bhopal, Kailash decided to work more directly for social change. Much of his motivation came from his experiences as a student, when he felt keenly the deprivation of less fortunate students and took initiatives to respond concretely to their needs. For example, he started a book bank for those who could not afford textbooks that eventually grew into a sustained, widespread effort. We have proudly cited him an Ashoka Fellow since 1993.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 13, 9:30 AM

Kailash Satyarthi has an impressive record in fighting child labour in India. His Nobel Prize is a great recognition for all his hard work. He has been Ashoka Fellow since 1993. Read his Ashoka profile to have a full overview of his work over the years.

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7 Trends Shaping Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge

7 Trends Shaping Africa’s Youth Employment  Challenge | Changemaking | Scoop.it

By 2040, 50% of the world’s youth will be African. With nearly half of the youth population in Africa currently unemployed or inactive and 72% living on less than $2 per day—how these communities address this challenge could shape the future of the world in unprecedented ways.”

The Ashoka Community's insight:

The challenges of unemployment in Africa are problems rooted deeply within the education-employment systems. Social entrepreneurs play key roles in showing the way to innovations to transform these systems. They demonstrate successful collaborations between sectors, flip challenges into solutions and show how to empower communities to be one of changemakers.

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Dropouts Turned Innovators: How RLabs Invests In Troubled Youth To Beat Crime And Unemployment

Dropouts Turned Innovators: How RLabs Invests In Troubled Youth To Beat Crime And Unemployment | Changemaking | Scoop.it

RLabs works because RLabs is a movement by people for people. The same people we serve live in the community and have a good understanding of the context making them problem experts.”


The Ashoka Community's insight:

RLab’s is a prime example of the role of empathy in rehabilitating troubled youth. This innovative movement founded by Ashoka Fellow Marlon Parker provides youth with the skills required to create their own livelihoods and encourages youth to pay it forward and spread the spirit of changemaking.

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From Prison Inmates To Ambassadors of Change

From Prison Inmates To Ambassadors of Change | Changemaking | Scoop.it
Nafisika Trust aims to help young people in Kenyan prisons to become ambassadors of change, not of crime.
The Ashoka Community's insight:

Teaching prison inmates soft skills such as empathy and leadership not only enables inmates to change their own lives and create their own livelihoods but also enables them to inspire others in their community to be Changemakers.


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Upcoming Events From Future Forward

Upcoming Events From Future Forward | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Mark your calendars for the closing Future Forward webinar and twitter event on September 17th about “Youth Employment in Africa: The Role of Collaboration.”  We will convene a cross-sector panel of social innovators and individuals working in the education, citizen-sector and public policy fields.


Also in September, we will be launching a Changemakers challenge, Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa, to find the best innovations by African youth, aged between 18 and 35, who are making impact to tackle employment challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.  


Are you a changemaker in Africa? Contribute your insights in articles of 350-500 words long, which will be distributed to a large and relevant audience of Changemakers through our website, our network of the world's leading social entrepreneurs as well as Future Forward's online media platforms to continue the conversation.


Email:mystory@changemakers.com.

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Through the Future Forward collaboration, Ashoka and The MasterCard Foundation will identify and support community innovators as well as convene a conversation about the most cutting-edge solutions to youth employment challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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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.


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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
The Ashoka Community's insight:

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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