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Submitted by on Fri, August 31, 2012
Submitted on Fri, August 31, 2012 Before the January, 2011 Tunisian revolution, open government and accountability were distant concepts in Tunisia. Under the dictatorship of Ben Ali, political information was extremely inaccessible—and when it was provided, the information was often censored and biased. As a result, a disconnect developed...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, August 30, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 08/30/12 Editor’s Note: This article is written by Luis Aguilera an intern with AshokaU. This is the fourth post in a series where we share the conversations between higher education leaders that came together during Everyone a Changemaker Week. They discussed the...
Submitted by on Mon, August 27, 2012
Submitted on Mon, August 27, 2012 Ashoka is partnering with Transparency International to support social entrepreneurs solving issues of corruption and poor transparency.  We’re inviting people with innovative and creative ideas to apply for this global competition.  Three winners will receive: a mini-grant of 5000 Euros to execute...
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 08/22/12 Long-time advocate for the health of young girls and women Catalina Escobar was recently recognized as a CNN Hero. Escobar works as a "community crusader" in Cartagena, one of Colombia's largest cities where one-third of residents live at or below the poverty line, and, to complicate matters even...
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...