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Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Mon, April 21, 2014
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 04/21/14 Editor's Note: This article was written by Elizabeth Ferruelo who contributes to Ashoka's blog on Forbes.com. International volunteering evokes images of the Peace Corps. That more than 1,000 Peace Corps volunteers have written books about their experience leaves no doubt that international...
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 04/15/14   (Learn more about the ASN Global Summit in Paris June 12-14, 2014 and register here.) How do we overcome cultural, economic, and geographic barriers to create large-scale social change? What does the world look like without walls separating the citizen sector from any other sector? How can...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, April 2, 2014
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 04/02/14 Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation. Read and watch the rest of the stories.One development problem in India that has...
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/24/14 Editor's Note: This post was written by Mark Cheng, Director of Ashoka UK and Ashoka’s senior advisor on social finance and first appeared on Ashoka's Forbes.com blog "Change in the Making". How do you profitably sell to a customer who earns less than $2 per day? It is probably the most daunting...
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/21/14 Editor's Note: Gonzalo Muñoz, Ashoka fellow, son of Ximena Abogabir also an Ashoka fellow shared the following as a speech to an audience of media, business, public and citizen leaders.  “The privileges you enjoy also carry a great responsibility toward those less fortunate.”  As a child, this...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, March 11, 2014
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/11/14 David Bornstein and Bill Drayton speak about the future of social entrepreneurship at the New York offices of Liquidnet on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Sponsored by Liquidnet For Good, the Centre for Social Innovation, and Keystone Catalysts. Join the conversation on Twitter: #FutureSocEnt The Future of...
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/10/14 From 2001 to 2011 the number of nonprofits in the US increased 25 percent whereas the number of for profit businesses grew only one half of one percent.  During this period our sector also way outpaced business in percentage growth of jobs, wages, and contributions to the GDP.  (Source -- The...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Fri, March 7, 2014
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/07/14 March 8th is international women's day and we commemorate the day by sharing some of the stories great women changmakers we celebrated throughout the year. We are proud that more than 40% of our Ashoka Fellows who are reinventing market systems, changing national policy and changing our world are women...
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/06/14 Diana Wells, Ashoka President recently sat down for an interview at the Department of State to share why she believes change is possible. "What we find to be the biggest barrier in changemaking is that people don't give themselves permission to make change. 50% of the world believe that change is not...
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/05/14 "Today’s environment is full of challenges, innovation is more critical than ever, and education and universities should be ground zero. When I talk to students who want to change the world, I talk about the need to gain a deep understanding of what is with the ability to imagine what could be.” - Roger...