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Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/25/12 How might social entrepreneurship contribute to a more competitive economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), while promoting sustainable development, social justice and equity? That was a question asked earlier this year by panelists at a development marketplace brown bag lunch at the...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, October 23, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/23/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Tamar Miller, intern with the Framework Change team. Changemakers and innovators working at the intersection of business and society will gather at the Net Impact Conference being held in Baltimore, MD later this week—from October 25-27. There will be...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Mon, October 22, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/22/12 We know this about human capital: Today, simply mastering a skill is not enough. Most skills are ephemeral, constantly eroded and devalued by change; as change accelerates, the half-lives of skills diminish. An everyone-a-changemaker world, therefore, requires resilient talent strategies—helping...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, October 18, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/18/12 Editor’s note: This article was written by Konstanze Frischen and Felix Oldenburg from the Ashoka Globalizer team. It was written for the “G2012 Mexico Financial Inclusion" competition.  Close your eyes and think of banking. You probably see men in suits, office...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, October 17, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/17/12 Editor's note: Ashoka Empathy Initaitive's Laura White showcases five pioneering schools that cultiave empathy and mold changemakers. This post was originally featured on StartEmpathy.org.Cultivating empathy and empowering children to become effective changemakers in their communities isn’t an...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, October 16, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/16/12 The crowd at the 8th annual LA Femme International Film Festival this past weekend, an event that showcases and celebrates films “by women, for everyone,” were treated to a debut screening of Mara Mourão and Tatiana Battaglia's new film about social entrepreneurship. The Portuguese language film...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Mon, October 15, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/15/12 More U.S. consumers now believe that individuals, not the government, are responsible for tackling society's problems, according to the global 2012 Edelman goodpurpose® Study. It's the the first time in the study's five-year history that a country's respondents have looked to everyday innovators...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, October 10, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/10/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Kirsten Spainhoward and was originally featured on the World Bank's blog network.Before the Arab Spring, numerous Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries appeared to be performing well on several developmental fronts, showing impressive growth rates...
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/09/12 “You will never look at a photograph the same way again.”In today’s world, we are surrounded by imagery: marketing advertisements, television, online resources, camera phone photos, and personal photo libraries. Some images move us to action. Others tell a story. And a few images can change the...
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 10/08/12 Ashoka has recently elected Juan David Aristizábal Ospina of Colombia as a new Fellow. Aristizábal is the founder and president of Buena Nota, a organization that informs, engages and connects Colombians around social problems and their solutions. Aristizábal has just released...