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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: 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.


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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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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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 

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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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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.”


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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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.
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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
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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.

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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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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.”

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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.

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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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