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Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, June 19, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/19/12 Picture a trailer park. What do you see? Mobile homes resting lazily on cinder blocks? Unkempt lawns crowded by an assortment of rundown property? Fair enough; that's an accurate image of some of the 50,000 trailer parks around the United States, but that's not what Ashoka Fellow Paul Bradley...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, June 12, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/12/12 For many, attending college was always part of "The Plan" after high school—a few years of polish (and partying) before earning a degree and finding meaningful employment. But that's not often the case for one segment of the U.S. population: first-generation college goers like Ashoka Fellow...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, June 6, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/06/12 “I always tell women they can be like me—stronger by saving, investing, and doing business with technology,” said Admire Bio, the single mother who has opened a handful of Internet cafes in Freetown, Sierra Leone.But for many women, particularly for rural women in lower- and middle-...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, June 5, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/05/12 Ashoka would like to congratulate Jeff Skoll for being selected as the recipient of the Independent Sector's 2012 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. The award recognizes living Americans invested in the nonprofit community whose leadership in the sector has disrupted the status quo, inspired...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, May 24, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/24/12 Kids these days—they're doing big things, like turning favorite pasttimes into viable solutions to pressing social issues. Take for example the four winners of the 5th Annual Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition: Karthik Naralasetty, 22, has realized he can harness Facebook to connect...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, May 23, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/23/12 Editor's note: This piece was written by Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka and chair of Get America Working!, and was originally featured on Devex.com as part of its Rio+Solutions series.Two of the world’s most urgent tasks—protecting the environment and creating jobs—both have enormously broad...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Mon, May 21, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/21/12 [Editor's Note: This post is written by Rochelle Beck who is the strategic communication lead at Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship (AshokaFEC)] It’s becoming clear that this moment in history—our moment in history—is one in which we put our faith in disruptive “hacks,” those game-changing...
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/16/12 AshokaLive is back next today, Monday, May 21, with special guest Abdelfattah Abusrour. Diana Wells, president of Ashoka, will moderate the Q&A session.Join us at noon ET for an interactive interview with Ashoka Fellow Adbelfattah Abusrour, a social innovator who empowers young people in...
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/14/12 Editor's note: This post has been reblogged from Ashoka's Empathy blog. Learn more about Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative! Visit empathy.ashoka.org. “In today's world, where everyone is so interconnected and interdependent, it is simply essential that we work for each other's...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Fri, May 11, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/11/12 UPDATE: Since we posted this article last month, the Living Building Challenge was selected as the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual international design challenge awarding $100K to support the development and accelerated implementation of strategies that have the...