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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...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Fri, May 11, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/11/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Elizabeth R. Miller, communications associate at Knight Foundation.After spending nearly three years boosting social entrepreneurship in the Americas, Ashoka’s Lorena García Duran is setting her sights on South Florida.She will be launching Ashoka’s Miami...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, May 8, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/08/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Change InSight contributor, Abigail WickSocial change isn’t rocket science; it’s just a matter of gumption and drive. Policy-makers, think-tanks, and academics aren’t the only ones with the power and ideas to change the world. Changemaking can belong to all...
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/08/12 Ashoka CEO and founder Bill Drayton has received Harvard Kennedy School’s prestigious Richard E. Neustadt Award for Public Policy. The Neustadt Award is presented annually to a key social innovator whose work draws upon research and intellectual ideas in order to develop solutions to public...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, May 2, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/02/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Ashoka's Yoni Blumberg and Julie Wiscombe with contributions from John C. Townsend. Like many Ashoka Fellows, Maurice Miller’s journey to becoming a leading social innovator was influenced by his efforts to conquer adversity. He was the child of a poor,...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, May 1, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/01/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Ashoka's Yoni Blumberg and Julie Wiscombe with contributions from John C. Townsend. “Growing up I always wanted to be a pilot,” Ashoka Fellow Kingsley Bangwell told an audience last week at Ashoka’s global headquarters in Rosslyn, Va. “I became such a...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, April 25, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 04/25/12 Editor's note: The following is adapted from Civic Ventures founder and Ashoka Fellow Marc Freedman's latest book, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. With the first of 78 million baby boomers turning 65 this year, Freedman challenges an aging society to...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, April 24, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 04/24/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Change InSight contributor, Abigail Wick. Since her appointment as director of Ashoka’s new Scandinavia office, Maja Frankel’s schedule has been a flurry of travel throughout Northern Europe. Last week, it was Norway; this week, Denmark; next week, back to...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, April 24, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 04/24/12 Bill Drayton asked listeners to a weekly show on New York's WOR 710 News Talk Radio to promise never to use the word “non-profit” or “non-government” (as in NGO) again. Asked to discuss today's challenges and changing trends in philanthropy on Denver Frederick’s “Business of Giving” show,...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Fri, April 20, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 04/20/12 Who says there’s no bridge between the corporate and social sectors? Since 2009, Ashoka's Executive in Residence Program has found ways to blend profits with purpose. The program introduces corporate executives to leading social innovators in order to help them finish short-term, high-impact...