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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...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, July 5, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 07/05/12 Many schools continue to address bullying with swift and severe punishment. But research indicates that zero tolerance approaches are simply not effective. They don't improve the behavior of the bully (or the victim), nor do they improve school climate and safety.“The phrase in the Middle Ages...
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...