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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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Supporting Women To Solve Our Big Environmental Challenges

Supporting Women To Solve Our Big Environmental Challenges | Changemaking | Scoop.it
It’s a textbook case of the tragedy of the commons: farmers, municipalities, and water and electric companies around the world have freely drawn water from local rivers. Over time, residents are finding their water quantity and quality degraded because of these many unchecked demands on the watershed. Places like West [...]
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INSIGHT: 5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty

INSIGHT: 5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty | Changemaking | Scoop.it
Business can be a huge driver of change around the world, but it has to be the right kind of business, run the right way.
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Earlier this month, 20 of our Fellows convened in Chennai, India for the Ashoka Globalizer on Economic Inclusion. While many themes surfaced during this forum, this article highlights five that are key to rethinking business for the bottom of the pyramid and highlights the work and thoughts of three Fellows: Samuel GoldmanJordan Kassalow, and Prema Gopalan. Many challenges face individuals and organizations trying to serve the poorest populations, but understanding these 5 insights can accelerate change.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, March 28, 12:39 PM

Earlier this month, 20 of our Fellows convened in Chennai, India for the Ashoka Globalizer on Economic Inclusion. While many themes surfaced during this forum, this article highlights five that are key to rethinking business for the bottom of the pyramid and highlights the work and thoughts of three Fellows: Samuel Goldman, Jordan Kassalow, and Prema Gopalan. Many challenges face individuals and organizations trying to serve the poorest populations, but understanding these 5 insights can accelerate change.

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Earlier this month, 20 of our Fellows convened in Chennai, India for the Ashoka Globalizer on Economic Inclusion. While many themes surfaced during this forum, this article highlights five that are key to rethinking business for the bottom of the pyramid and highlights the work and thoughts of three Fellows: Samuel GoldmanJordan Kassalow, and Prema Gopalan. Many challenges face individuals and organizations trying to serve the poorest populations, but understanding these 5 insights can accelerate change.

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On International Women's Day, Let's Hear It For The Men

On International Women's Day, Let's Hear It For The Men | Changemaking | Scoop.it
For over 100 years, women have celebrated International Women's Day by telling stories with the hope of inspiring daughters and granddaughters and reflecting upon the price that history paid so they could realize their dreams. As women today, many of us are fortunate to have almost too many heroines to [...]
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INSPIRATION: Showcasing The Power Of Inventor-Entrepreneurs

INSPIRATION: Showcasing The Power Of Inventor-Entrepreneurs | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Invention and social entrepreneurship are often thought of as two undertakings, separate and distinct. But the Lemelson Foundation, together with Ashoka, recognizes that invention and social entrepreneurship – when leveraged together – can be a powerful force to improve lives."

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Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows do not accept things as they are; instead, they act on their empathy to invent, iterate and empower community changemakers to co-create with them. Experience their first-person stories in multimedia vignettes illustrating the intersection of invention and social innovation. 

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Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows do not accept things as they are; instead, they act on their empathy to invent, iterate and empower community changemakers to co-create with them. Experience their first-person stories in multimedia vignettes illustrating the intersection of invention and social innovation. 

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WHO'S MAKING CHANGE? Arvind Kejriwal becomes Chief Minister of Delhi

WHO'S MAKING CHANGE? Arvind Kejriwal becomes Chief Minister of Delhi | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Arvind Kejriwal was elected as an Ashoka Fellow for his work... [to] increase transparency in governance, and soon began focusing on corruption. Last year, his work took a turn when he set up his political party called "Aam Aadmi Party" (translates to Common Man party) to work from within the system.  In less than a year, he has won popular support."

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At a time when bad governance, corruption and scams have been frustrating everyone in India, this brings in a sense of hope and possibility--a sense of belief that a normal man can indeed cause a major political change. We proudly claim Arvind Kejriwal as an Ashoka Fellow!

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COLLABORATION: 2014's Most Valuable Employee: The Social Intrapreneur

COLLABORATION: 2014's Most Valuable Employee: The Social Intrapreneur | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"This year promises to be a tipping point for a growing group of corporate innovators, who are taking on initiatives that do well for their companies and also do good for society. Social intrapreneurs are quickly becoming the most valuable employees at many companies..."

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To foster a global culture of co-creation for social good, inspired corporate for-profit employees must contribute their own ideas for social innovation and fight to incorporate them as priorities in the companies' agendas. In this Forbes post, we explore the impressive impact social intrapreneurs can have when they transform the internal culture of the business where they work and lead that business to engage with innovative social sector groups to achieve broader impact.

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Jim Manske's curator insight, February 13, 3:15 PM

Social change from inside the system....

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PARTICIPATE IN CHANGE: Why Co-Creation Is the Future for All of Us

PARTICIPATE IN CHANGE: Why Co-Creation Is the Future for All of Us | Changemaking | Scoop.it

“The private sector has been the missing player in the evolution of social entrepreneurship,” says Stephanie Schmidt, Managing Director at Ashoka Europe. “Its potential has largely been untapped. Philanthropy and CSR are really only a drop in the ocean when it comes to the actual potential a company has to change the world.”

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Through co-creation, social entrepreneurs and corporations can learn from each other to more effectively meet their goals. Are you involved in cross-sector collaboration in Europe? Apply to Ashoka’s competition, Social & Business Co-Creation: Collaboration for Impact, which is open to social entrepreneurs, non-profits, companies, and public sector organizations.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 16, 3:02 PM

This is Inspirational reading.

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INSPIRATION: Micro-health insurance - how and why it works in Indonesia

INSPIRATION: Micro-health insurance - how and why it works in Indonesia | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Keeping waste out of landfills? Making health care accessible to all?


This 24-year-old Indonesian entrepreneur Gamal Albinsaid is doing just that, and was recently crowned winner of the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, collecting €50.000 and a package of individually tailored mentoring at Buckingham Palace on 30th January. 

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HRH The Prince of Wales commented; "I would like to give my w

armest congratulations to Gamal Albinsaid for his marvellous initiative. This young leader has developed an initiative with the potential to disrupt the way in which community services are provided for the benefit of the area’s poorest people. Genuinely innovative, it tackles two problems at one time:  the management and re-use of waste, and the provision of health insurance and health services to poor communities."

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Gamal Albinsaid from Indonesia received an award from HRH The Prince of Wales, plus €50.000 and a package of individually tailored mentoring from Unilever in an awards ceremony to mark the end of the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards in Buckingham Palace on 30th January. 


HRH The Prince of Wales commented; "I would like to give my warmest congratulations to Gamal Albinsaid for his marvellous initiative. This young leader has developed an initiative with the potential to disrupt the way in which community services are provided for the benefit of the area’s poorest people. Genuinely innovative, it tackles two problems at one time: the management and re-use of waste, and the provision of health insurance and health services to poor communities."

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ASHOKA INSIGHT: What is Ashoka? The million dollar question!

As you are reading this, the term ‘social entrepreneur’ most likely will be familiar to you. How different it was 35 years ago, when we first put those two words together to describe men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since those early days, we have helped lead the global movement of social entrepreneurship into a new era.

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Watch this video to hear the Ashoka story, as told by our community of changemakers!

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 16, 3:20 PM

A group that inspires creative thinking on a global scale

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ASHOKA FELLOW: Manuel Wiechers connects off-the-grid rural farmers to the world

ASHOKA FELLOW: Manuel Wiechers connects off-the-grid rural farmers to the world | Changemaking | Scoop.it


Millions of rural Mexican citizens lack access to reliable electricity. But Manuel Wiechers, founder of Iluméxico, is helping farmers off the national energy grid turn on the lights.

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Manuel Wiechers is eradicating energy poverty in Mexico by combining community investment, low-cost, renewable energy, and cooperation across the public, private and social sectors to foster social and economic development in rural areas. His vision for the year 2025 is, “No Mexican without light.” He is also a finalist in the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards.

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ASHOKA INSIGHT: The next big innovations for financial inclusion in South Asia

Ashoka India's 'Fellow Connect' focuses on financial models that can help social entrepreneurs scale their businesses

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What are the next big innovations for financial inclusion? In February, Ashoka India will convene 20 experienced Social Entrepreneurs from India, Africa and the Americas whose proven inclusive business models engage people living at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) in economic value chains as consumers, producers, and micro-entrepreneurs. Read more on the Economic Inclusion Globaliser.

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What are the next big innovations for financial inclusion? Ashoka Fellows from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka write in.

The Ashoka Community's curator insight, January 28, 1:48 AM

금융 포용(Financial Inclusion; 취약계층을 포함한 모든 사회계층을 위한 금융 서비스)에 대한 혁신적인 아이디어로는 어떤 것들이 있을까요? 2014년 2월, 아쇼카 인도에서는 인도, 아프리카, 미국, 남미 현장에서 활동하고 있는 20명의 소셜 앙터프리너들이 모여 활발한 논의를 하게 됩니다. 이들은  금융 포용에 관한 비즈니스 모델이 전세계의 극빈층(BoP; base of the economic pyramid)을 소비자이자 생산자, 마이크로앙터프리너로서 활동할 수 있도록 돕습니다.


본 행사에 관한 자세한 안내: Economic Inclusion Globaliser

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INSPIRATION: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs & The Power of New Ideas

INSPIRATION: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs & The Power of New Ideas | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs & The Power of New Ideas (Ashoka Fellow TED & TEDx Talks)", a playlist created by Ashoka Changemakers (RT @changemakers: A @YouTube playlist that may help you change the world:


Via Eana Chung
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We've collected some powerful changemaking inspiration in this series of TED & TEDx Talks from Ashoka Fellows like Jennifer Pahlka on coding a better government and Amory Lovins on a 40-year plan for energy.

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Eana Chung's curator insight, January 6, 9:08 AM

Happy New Year! Start off your 2014 with some changemaking inspiration in this series of TED & TEDx Talks from Ashoka Fellows like Jennifer Pahlka on coding a better government and Amory Lovins on a 40-year plan for energy.

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INSIGHT: What The Private Sector Can Do For Your Social Enterprise

INSIGHT: What The Private Sector Can Do For Your Social Enterprise | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Better business partnerships are ushering in an era of smarter cross-sector collaboration, which can not only complement corporate business priorities but also help nice companies finish first.

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We need to jointly address societal challenges with a win-win approach, going beyond the traditional tensions between social-mission and profit-making organizations by leveraging their complementary strengths and expertise. Ashoka Europe have launched an open call for social & business collaborations - head to the campaign page to find out more!

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WHO'S MAKING CHANGE: World’s First Dedicated Health Plan for the Marginalized Takes Flight

WHO'S MAKING CHANGE: World’s First Dedicated Health Plan for the Marginalized Takes Flight | Changemaking | Scoop.it
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Ready to get involved? You can provide support for five exceptional changemakers by joining All Nippon Airways Blue Wing today: support their efforts with a vote, share, or flight on ANA.

Hasan’s project, Naya Jeevan, is the emerging world’s first dedicated health plan for the marginalized. Connect with Asher Hasan's project on Changemakers, where it has already qualified as a finalist in an Innovations for Health competition.

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WHO'S MAKING CHANGE: The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014

WHO'S MAKING CHANGE: The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014 | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Awardees are leading 30 organizations operating in more than 20 countries that are pioneering solutions for social and environmental challenges including urban revitalization, renewable energy, unemployment, and more."

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Congratulations to the thirteen Ashoka Fellows named to this year's cohort of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year! The 2014 awardees include Charles-Edouard VincentChetna Vijay SinhaChris UnderhillPatrick StruebiMerula SteagallGbenga SesanJean-Michel RicardJavier LozanoMartin KariongiSamuel GoldmanMarc FreedmanMichael Feinberg, and Masue Katayama.

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Congratulations to the thirteen Ashoka Fellows named to this year's cohort of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year! The 2014 awardees include Charles-Edouard VincentChetna Vijay SinhaChris UnderhillPatrick StruebiMerula SteagallGbenga SesanJean-Michel RicardJavier LozanoMartin KariongiSamuel GoldmanMarc FreedmanMichael Feinberg, and Masue Katayama.

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Who Cares the Film

Who Cares the Film | Changemaking | Scoop.it
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Lenore Mewton's curator insight, March 13, 5:33 PM

Film quote ( 2 minute trailer to full film):  "Don't asks what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. For what the world needs is more people to come alive".  Probably one of the most powerful questions one can ask- What makes you come alive- where/when do you feel energized. (the reverse is revealing of what needs to be left behind... "Where/when do you lose your energy?" )

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ASHOKA NOW: Staying Relevant in a Changing World--Introducing 5 of the Most Creative Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S.

ASHOKA NOW: Staying Relevant in a Changing World--Introducing 5 of the Most Creative Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S. | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Tomás Alvarez, Mike Marriner, Emily May, Andrew Mangino, and Jeff Parker: five individuals who, at first glance, don’t have much in common... Yet there is one thing that they all share: Each one of them is fed up with traditional approaches to solving long-standing social challenges, so they’ve taken more creative paths."

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Proudly introducing the five newest Ashoka US Fellows, freshly elected this month! These Fellows are working together with their constituents as active participants in spreading their solutions; they are combating street harassment, revamping outdated talk therapy models, providing dental care to underserved children, and inspiring youth to pursue education that can help them realize their dreams.

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: John Kluge Talks 'Charity And Philanthropy For Dummies'

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: John Kluge Talks 'Charity And Philanthropy For Dummies' | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"Technology has radically lowered the barriers for social innovation.  It’s democratized philanthropy.  Giving power now lies in the hands of the many instead of the few. We wrote this book in part to make it easier to find your focus."

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The diversity and scope of the challenges which our global community faces can feel paralyzing. Where do you start? How do you begin? John Kluge, innovative philanthropist and co-founder of Eirene, speaks to the power of individuals when they channel their passions and create unconventional communities.  Read some of Kluge's tips for changemaking.

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INNOVATIVE THINKING: British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum'

INNOVATIVE THINKING: British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum' | Changemaking | Scoop.it

"A recent report entitled 'Making Education Work' urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. The independent advisory board emphasized the need for 'team-working, emotional maturity, empathy, and other interpersonal skills,' which, according to them, are 'as important as the proficiency in English and Mathematics in ensuring young people’s employment prospects.'"

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In a groundbreaking report, British education experts urged government to collaborate with schools on building empathy and teamwork into the curriculum. In a move to bridge the communication gap between employers and educators, the experts pointed out the importance of interpersonal skills to professional success.

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Asit Ghosh's curator insight, February 13, 8:39 AM

The schools should become development centres. Not only marks or academic talent, but also all kinds of talents should be encouraged and flourished. Good schools are not those which admit academic brilliants but can turn the weak into  strong. There is none who doesn't have talent; the development centre should create innovative curriculum which brings leash the dormant potential of the learner. The learning system sneers to be more exposure based rather than education based - first-hand not second-hand learning. unless the human mind is awakened to feel the spiritual one-ness, the conflict between communities,  countries and people cannot be resolved.

Jim Manske's curator insight, February 13, 3:12 PM

Yay!  Celebrating this in the midst of what seems to me a narrow focus, ie, "employment prospects".

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INSPIRATIONAL YOUTH: Forbes' 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs

INSPIRATIONAL YOUTH: Forbes' 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Today's disruptors and tomorrow's brightest stars--the 30 most promising social entrepreneurs, as handpicked by Forbes.


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Forbes has published their third annual list of 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs, with many Ashoka Fellows and Youth Venturers included in the list. Congratulations to the young people recognized for their hard work changing the world.


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Forbes has published their third annual list of 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs. Ashoka is well represented with Ashoka Fellows and Youth Venturers included in the list. Congratulations to the young people recognized for their hard work changing the world.

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ASHOKA FELLOW: Lessons from a seasoned serial social entrepreneur Chris Underhill

ASHOKA FELLOW: Lessons from a seasoned serial social entrepreneur Chris Underhill | Changemaking | Scoop.it

The ‘I’m going to do things differently’-moment “I was about 19, standing in a field, and I remember thinking: as much as I love farming in Wales, I just don’t think I am cut out for this. I really need to be in a place where I can interact with people. 

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Chris Underhill (65) has been a social entrepreneur for 36 years and is the founder of three citizen sector organisations. He received an MBE from the Queen for his services to the field of disability even before he launched his current venture BasicNeeds, a mental health charity that has supported almost 600,000 people in developing countries to date. Chris is a Senior Ashoka Fellow.

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Chris Underhill (65) has been a social entrepreneur for 36 years and is the founder of three citizen sector organisations. He received an MBE from the Queen for his services to the field of disability even before he launched his current venture BasicNeeds, a mental health charity that has supported almost 600,000 people in developing countries to date. Ashoka elected Chris as a Senior Fellow in 2012.


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COMPETITION: Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact

COMPETITION: Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Ashoka, the Zermatt Summit Foundation, Fondation Guilé, DPD and Boehringher Ingelheim have launched an unprecedented online collaborative competition, Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact to source, highlight and catalyze innovative Co-Creation projects in Europe led by social-mission organisations, traditional businesses and public institutions.

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Ashoka Europe proudly present the launch of the Social & Business Co-Creation Competition. Because no player - whether government, social entrepreneur, non-profit, or business - can address today's social and environmental challenges alone.

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Patricia Stitson's curator insight, January 30, 4:17 PM

And this is how businesses rewrite the story about collaboration and social change.  Experience is education.  I would love to do a documentary following just one of these projects.

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Ashoka Europe proudly present the Social & Business Co-Creation Competition. Because no player - whether government, social entrepreneur, non-profit, or business - can address today's social and environmental challenges alone. Just ONE WEEK TO GO!

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YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS: Emotional Intelligence In The Classroom

YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS: Emotional Intelligence In The Classroom | Changemaking | Scoop.it

Education movements such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the National Common Core Standards, do not include social-emotional literacy in their standards.  But as the maxim goes in education, we assess what we value and we teach what we assess. 

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Our vision is a world where everyone is a changemaker.  A  changemaker  is  someone  who  notices  that  the  world is  changing  and  sees  themselves  not  as  an  object  of  change  -  a person  that  change  happens  to  -  but  an  agent  of  change: someone who solves problems and makes progress. Together with schools, universities, parents, pupils, students and policy makers, we work to make changemaker skills an integral part of every  young person’s education.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 16, 3:06 PM

What about a world where everyone is a change maker?

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ASHOKA INSIGHT: Social Entrepreneurship and change in Europe

ASHOKA INSIGHT: Social Entrepreneurship and change in Europe | Changemaking | Scoop.it
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New ways of tackling Europe's biggest challenges will require new forms of structures. Europe will need many more of its citizens to become active changemakers. In theory, they should have more support than ever. In practice, changemakers will continue to meet barriers, and overcome them, as changemakers do.  Are social entrepreneurs better off as investees in venture capital models, or as hybrid organisations bridging philanthropy and investments? To return or (partly) not to return, that is the question.... Felix Oldenberg, Ashoka Europe Director explores.


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Accelerate Women Now: An Entrepreneur Upends Bolivian Business Culture

Accelerate Women Now: An Entrepreneur Upends Bolivian Business Culture | Changemaking | Scoop.it
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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