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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Binalakshmi Nepram – Helping Gun Widows In Manipur Remake Their Lives

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Binalakshmi Nepram – Helping Gun Widows In Manipur Remake Their Lives | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Sometimes all it takes is one incident to transform one from being a mere spectator to a participant in change. For Binalakshmi Nepram, that moment came on a gloomy Christmas eve of 2004 in a village near Imphal, the capital of Manipur. As an academic researcher she was talking to a group of women activists, when gun shots shattered the peace. In the flash of a second, one of the women in that meeting – Rebika Akham, 24 – had become a widow. Nepram recounts what happened, “We were at Wabgai. The gun shots sounded less than a kilometre away..”

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Ashoka Fellow Binalakshmi Nepram recognizes the positive role women can play in reducing gun violence, and is pioneering the micro-disarmament movement in India by involving and empowering the women most affected by violence. While Indian widows have traditionally been condemned to social exclusion and even blamed for their husbands' deaths, through the Manipuri Women Gun Survivors Network, Nepram rehabilitiates, empowers and engages women survivors to be agents of change in their lives and in national policy. Read more about how Nepram discovered and experienced her empathy for gun violence survivors, and about her powerful work.



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BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the 2015 Ashoka U – Cordes Innovation Award Winners

BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the 2015 Ashoka U – Cordes Innovation Award Winners | Changemaking | Scoop.it

The Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Awards recognizes top educational approaches in social entrepreneurship within higher education.

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"The Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award casts a broad net and identifies the best and brightest innovations that are really affecting the ability of our students to be changemakers.", says Ron Cordes, Co-Founder of the Cordes Foundation. Six amazing initiatives received recognition and inspiration to keep moving forward and changing the world!

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TRANSFORMATION: Young offenders get chance of a fresh start, one song at a time

TRANSFORMATION: Young offenders get chance of a fresh start, one song at a time | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Six years ago, Dr Charlie Howard gave up her NHS job when she realized the mental health needs of young offenders were not being met. “Those in most need, with high levels of deprivation, never crossed the door,” she says. “We had to find new ways of offering help. I didn’t know what they were, but I knew young people themselves would.”

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Dr. Howard and her organization MAC-UK were focused on finding new solutions to provide counseling for mental health to young individuals most at risk because of their social standing. Who would know better ways to help than the youngsters themselves? Changemaking is all about developing new and exciting solutions to the most pressing problems of our society and teaching those around to "pay it forward". 

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Charlie Howard started MAC-UK as a way to integrate mental health services into local communities. She found that the mental health needs of the poor weren't being met, and that was leading to high prison rates. She created streetherapy as a way to give a fresh start and stronger mental health and economic skills to those with out access, those who need them most.

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CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: Empowering Girls in Poverty

CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: Empowering Girls in Poverty | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"If you empower a girl, you change a community. You change a nation. You change the world" said Sanga Moses, founder of Eco-Fuel Africa whose mission is to make sure girls stay in school in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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"If we don't put girls at the center of development, we miss out on a tremendous opportunity for change" - was the theme at the first ever Girl Effect Accelerator dedicated to helping ventures whose mission is to empowering girls around the world. Eco-Fuel Africa was one of the ventures at the accelerator that took place in November of last year. How's that for changemaking in action?

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INSPIRATION: Unlocking potential – inmates study their way out of African prisons

INSPIRATION: Unlocking potential – inmates study their way out of African prisons | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Kofi Annan once said, "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family" and The African Prisons Project or APP brings education to the part of the population that is often overlooked and undervalued: the prison system. 

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"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails", said Nelson Mandela. Alexander McClean, founder of APP, learned a lot about Uganda from one of its maximum security prisons. But the most important lesson was that education has no boundaries and does not discriminate or rather that it should not; an inspiration to all about the importance of bringing knowledge to all humanity. 

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CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: 'Empathy Museum' in Missouri challenges visitors to start a revolution.

CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: 'Empathy Museum' in Missouri challenges visitors to start a revolution. | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Imagine if everybody in the workplace or community displayed empathy, the world would be different", said Kathryn Chval, one of the teachers for a new empathy-centered class at MU Honors College and Douglas High School.

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How would you start an empathy revolution? Students from Douglass High School and MU Honors College finished the semester by teaching the community what their "Empathy Museum" is and how to start an "empathy revolution." 

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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."

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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.

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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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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 27, 2014 3:08 PM

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

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'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, 2014 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, 2014 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.”

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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.”


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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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CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: For Youth, By Youth: A Future Vision For Kenya

CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: For Youth, By Youth: A Future Vision For Kenya | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"My vision is to bring up more young people who can develop their own businesses, work hard, and trust that so long as they keep their passion alive, they will not fail in what they’re doing", says Simeon Ogonda, the founder of Enterprise Education 4 Change (Ee4C), an organization that teaches undergraduate students in Kisumu business development and management.

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The main focus of the program is to teach young individuals the importance of ethical business management in community-based organizations. Ee4C also provides funding for students to start their own ventures after completing the program. There is only one requirement to participate "a passion for developing entrepreneurial solutions to real-world problems".

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TRANSFORMATION: Power For All in Sub-Saharan Africa

TRANSFORMATION: Power For All in Sub-Saharan Africa | Changemaking | Scoop.it

70% of Sub-Saharan Africa does not have access to electricity, which is 7 out of every 10 individuals. With such staggering numbers, current sustainable and low-cost solutions do not provide scale and access; these often are single-serve solutions such as bike-powered solar mobile chargers.

The Ashoka Community's insight:

"Installing actual electricity infrastructure in Africa would take too long and be too expensive to be practical", say the experts on solving the power problem in Africa. Sam Slaughter and her company PowerGen are challenging the assumption by installing micro-grids throughout the continent, which provide a sustainable and low-cost solution. One of the most important components of changemaking is taking the thought that something can't be done and making it work. 

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homestrings's curator insight, January 20, 9:44 AM
TED Fellow David Moinina Sengeh explains why he’s bullish about the “microgrid.”

 

Nearly 70% of the sub-Saharan African population doesn’t have electricity. That’s about 600 million people who are completely off-grid, often paying high prices in cash and health to use diesel generators, kerosene lamps and charcoal fires.

 

Recently, we’ve seen a wealth of stories about entrepreneurs who promise clever solutions for these unhealthy, smoke-belching products. The replacements may differ, but all seem to agree: Installing actual electricity infrastructure in Africa would take too long and be too expensive to be practical. So instead there’s a focus on products that, while often very smart, and certainly well-meaning, serve only one single use. I’m talking bike-powered mobile phone chargers, solar-powered lamps, “pot-in-pot” refrigerators.

 

I’m not alone in finding something grating about the idea that people living on the continent should make do with an inferior solution that westerners wouldn’t tolerate for a second. The cleverest solar lightbulb in the world is no replacement for a standard AC-current plug that allows you to power anything you want or need. Pot-in-pot refrigerators will not store and keep safe large volumes of vaccines and bicycles will not generate enough power to support any form of manufacturing or production.

 

A friend of mine, Sam Slaughter, is the co-founder of PowerGen, a company that wants to install “microgrids” across the continent. Microgrids are small, local versions of the traditional electricity grid. They can run independently, powered by fuel cells, wind, solar, and so on. Their autonomy makes them appealing in remote locations where sustainable energy such as wind and sun are abundant — and they help to pull the focus away from these one-by-one solutions, and toward giving homes and businesses real power they can use as they choose.

PowerGen’s “PowerBox” comprises 1.4kW of solar panels, 9kWh of batteries and a 3kW inverter. It supplies power to 14 clients in Nkoilale, Kenya, all of whom pay for the electricity via mobile phones. Photo by David Sengeh.

 

When I spoke to him recently, Sam compared the current state of the African energy sector to the state of the African telecoms industry decades ago. “The pioneers of wireless telecommunications in Africa made a big bet that African consumers wanted world-class mobile communication service, and they invested in the infrastructure to deliver it by building tens of thousands of telecom towers throughout the continent,” he told me. “They faced enormous risks — including serious regulatory headwinds from government-owned landline telecom operators.”

 

The result: African telecoms have famously leapfrogged the west, building mobile payment systems, for instance, that many western countries haven’t yet managed to pull off.

 

“Now,” Sam continued,  “we are faced with a similar question in energy: do we as the private sector invest in infrastructure like microgrids to deliver the solution that the consumers want — which is grid-style, AC electricity — or do we ignore the lessons of the telecom revolution and decide that African consumers should settle for something less, which is DC-only solar lanterns and solar home systems?” No prizes for guessing which bet Sam is preparing to make.

 

I saw one of PowerGen’s microgrids in action recently at the Nkoilale community in Kenya, about 250 kilometers west of Nairobi and home to a solar-powered microgrid unit known locally as PowerBox.

 

It was managed by Lillian Muthoni, a restaurant owner who told me about how her life has changed since the orange box was installed. Before PowerBox, Lillian owned a set of solar lights and intermittently used a diesel generator to power her music system and a small TV for her customers.

 

She spent about 12,000 Kenyan shillings (US$ 130) a month on diesel for her generator and hated the fumes. Now on the microgrid, she pays about 2,000 Kenyan shillings (US$ 22) each month for the power she needs, leaving her money to buy new equipment for her business, such as a refrigerator.

Lillian Muthoni owns a restaurant in Nkoilale; now hooked into the microgrid, she now pays about $22 a month for power. Previously she’d spent up to $130 on diesel for a generator. Photo by David Sengeh.

 

PowerGen certainly isn’t the only company experimenting in this space (see Anil Raj’s TED@BCG Talk, Bringing power to millions). A December 2014 report from Navigant Research estimated that worldwide investment in microgrid enabling technologies will total more than $155 billion by 2023. All of them have challenges to overcome — microgrids, like many infrastructural developments in Africa, are expensive to install, and the initial lump sum necessary to finance these grids won’t be paid by poor clients.

 

Companies like PowerGen have their work cut out to explain the model: the Nkoilale unit that I saw was set up through funding from Kiva.org. And continued cooperation of regulators is also key. Thus far, East African governments have been open-minded about allowing micro-utility models to test and develop their approaches, but ultimately, access to electrical power must involve partnerships with the bureaucrats in power.

 

As a Sierra Leonean and entrepreneur who has lived in off-grid communities, I passionately believe that access to the reliable and sufficient power provided by microgrids can result in national-level improvement in education and economic prosperity. To create power for all, private and government institutions must invest in and harvest renewable energy to provide reliable microgrids for communities far away from connected major towns. That way, Lillian’s story can be echoed across the nation, and Africa can shine brightly.

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CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: How old does a changemaker need to be?

CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: How old does a changemaker need to be? | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Imagine a generation that is convinced that the problem (like climate change and global warming) is real, and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. This generation is already on its way, thinking critically about global problems, and making efforts to solve them."

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Changemaking is no longer reserved for the few but is powered and transformed by the many and all. The Brooklyn New School is an inspiration at making sure that the next generation of changemakers is already on its way.

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CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: How To Launch A Company With $10

CHANGEMAKING IN ACTION: How To Launch A Company With $10 | Changemaking | Scoop.it
“As an entrepreneur, there is the tendency to think that money is what gets things done,” said Olumide Adeleye, the founder of the Twim Academy in Ibadan, Nigeria, a school of media and creative arts.
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An inspiring story about a young entrepreneur whose creativity and belief brought his passion to reality; proves that anything is possible just as long as you believe in yourself. As changemakers, believing in yourself, your cause, and that you will make it happen are invaluable drivers of success. 

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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.


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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

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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.

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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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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 13, 2014 8:05 AM

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, 2014 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, 2014 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.


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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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