Ashoka's Blogs

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-...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, June 5, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 06/05/12 Ashoka would like to congratulate Jeff Skoll for being selected as the recipient of the Independent Sector's 2012 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. The award recognizes living Americans invested in the nonprofit community whose leadership in the sector has disrupted the status quo, inspired...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Thu, May 24, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/24/12 Kids these days—they're doing big things, like turning favorite pasttimes into viable solutions to pressing social issues. Take for example the four winners of the 5th Annual Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition: Karthik Naralasetty, 22, has realized he can harness Facebook to connect...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, May 23, 2012
Submitted by: John Converse Townsend on 05/23/12 Editor's note: This piece was written by Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka and chair of Get America Working!, and was originally featured on Devex.com as part of its Rio+Solutions series.Two of the world’s most urgent tasks—protecting the environment and creating jobs—both have enormously broad...