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Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, August 15, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 08/15/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Brittany Koteles, research fellow (storyteller and adventurer) with the U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission and volunteer at Ashoka.Education has been historically endeared as the great equalizer. Now, in the 21st century, universities have been held up as...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Mon, August 13, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 08/13/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Iman Bibars, Ashoka’s vice president and regional director for Arab World.Ashoka’s Global Diaspora Initiative enables members of the diaspora to turn their proven entrepreneurial abilities and resources toward their own countries of origin. The initiative...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, August 9, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 08/09/12 Everyone a Changemaker™ Week is a wrap. Ashoka's first EACH Week took place during the last week of July, a “historic moment” for the 30-year-old citizen sector organization. Bill Drayton, Ashoka's founder and CEO, believes we can do better — to protect our planet, our ways of life and our...
Submitted by on Wed, August 8, 2012
Submitted on Wed, August 8, 2012 In December 2010, Google Inc. awarded Ashoka $1 million to expand the reach of Knowledge's work, supporting leading-edge social entrepreneurs whose innovations advance knowledge citizenship. We’re thrilled now to announce five new Fellows working in very different ways and in truly diverse contexts to better...
Submitted on Tue, August 7, 2012 Ashoka has recently elected Juan David Aristizábal Ospina of Colombia as a new Fellow. Juan David is the founder and president of Buena Nota, a organization that informs, engages, and connects Colombians around social problems and their solutions. Juan David has just released a book, Llenando Espacios: Un...
Submitted by on Thu, August 2, 2012
Submitted on Thu, August 2, 2012 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-life of skills diminishes. An everyone-a-changemaker world, therefore, requires resilient talent strategies – helping people...
Submitted by on Thu, July 19, 2012
Submitted on Thu, July 19, 2012 If you had watched the Chilean media’s coverage of the country’s massive, student-led protests demanding an improved education system last year, you would have come away believing that the demonstrations were marred by violence and riots. But if you had actually walked among the people thronging the streets of...
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 07/17/12 How do you know when a system is changed? How do you measure system change? How do you scale system change to increase the impact? Ashoka has been mulling these questions for quite a while. We recently completed a global survey of Ashoka Fellows to assess their impact in changing national systems...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, July 12, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 07/12/12 Editor's note: This post was written by Mindy Zhang, Microsoft product manager and friend of Ashoka.The Cleveland High School gymnasium was packed with more than 200 students buzzing with excitement and anticipation, cheers and applause.But this was no pep rally. The students were social...
Submitted by Paula Recart on Fri, July 6, 2012
Please note that the challenge ended August 31, 2012Want to support worldchanging innovation? Then let The Brin Wojcicki Foundation double your donation. If you donate before August 31, 2012, the Brin Wojcicki Foundation will match your giving 1:1.What you will be fundingOver the last 30 years, Ashoka has refined our process of finding and...