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Submitted by on Fri, June 29, 2012
Submitted on Fri, June 29, 2012 We think and write a lot here about the connection between knowledge and activation. Really, that linkage informs everything we do: Knowledge is powerful only inasmuch as its allows people to advance their lives, to engage powerfully in their communities and society – and, ultimately, to make change.So, we’re...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, June 28, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/28/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Anna Ebbesen, communications director at Ashoka US. Video by Ashoka US Associate Anne von Petersdorff.This past week, Ashoka Fellow Felipe Heusser and Jeff Warren were named winners of The Knight Foundations News Challenge for a TV network built for...
Submitted on Tue, June 26, 2012 Seven years after founding NewsTrust, a pioneering effort to advance quality journalism, Ashoka Fellow Fabrice Florin is handing the reins over to the Poynter Institute. Florin, formally a founding member of Apple’s Multimedia Lab, created NewsTrust to help citizens separate fact from fiction in the...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, June 26, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/26/12 The global community of hackers, innovators and entrepreneurs has for years worked to answer the question, how do we create a more constructive form of capitalism built to address the challenges in the 21st century? We finally have a set of answers — one courtesy of Ashoka — thanks to the 2012...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, June 21, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/21/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Dani Matielo, community manager at Ashoka Changemakers, who was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this past weekend to cover the Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in the New Economy. Isa Carvalho, Michelle Fidelholc, Rafael Avila, and Alex Fisberg...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, June 20, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/20/12 Editor's note: This post, written by Ashoka Seattle's Abby Chroman, was first featured in "Change in the Making" on Forbes.com.On a non-descript evening in May a hub of social innovation pulsed with energy, attracting over 500 participants with solutions to social problems ranging from public...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, June 19, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/19/12   It's official: we've got our winners! After careful deliberation from our expert panel of judges and your votes on Changemakers.com, three solutions have been chosen from a pool of 14 finalists as the top winners in the “Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters”...
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-...