Meet Ashoka Fellow Kevin Kirby & Trend Spotter Jim...
We are thrilled to welcome Kevin Kirby, co-founder of Face It TOGETHER as an Ashoka Fellow. He is building the infrastructure for a chronic care model of addiction recovery that engages communities and employers alike, breaks down silos between the two, and de-stigmatizes this age-old disease. In a one-on-one interview with Ashoka published on Forbes.com, Kevin shares how he came to realize he...
Meet Ashoka Fellow Pamela Cantor and Trend Spotter...
Join us in welcoming Pam Cantor, founder of Turnaround for Children, to Ashoka’s network! Pam is reengineering public schools to respond to the recurring challenges to teaching and learning that stem from the traumatic impact of poverty. In her one on one interview with us, Pam shares how the idea for Turnaround for Children came up and how her background as a psychiatrist shaped her...
Meet Ashoka Fellow Cristi Hegranes and Trend...
We are pleased to introduce you to Ashoka Fellow Cristi Hegranes, founder of Global Press Institute. Cristi is developing a new, better quality, and more sustainable model of international journalism that is rooted in the perspective of local communities – and especially women from those communities. In her one on one interview with us on Forbes.com, Cristi shares how she tosses and turns...
Andrew Mangino on building the next generation of...
In early May, Ashoka teamed up with the team at Wondros to bring together a handful of amazing thinkers and doers from both the social impact and creative worlds, to examine what it takes to advance an idea in place of a program, and to identify the ingredients of modern-day movement-building. What follows is a transcript from a talk given by Andrew Mangino, Co-Founder and Executive Director of...
Ashoka Fellow Tim Carpenter on changing how we...
In early May, Ashoka teamed up with the team at Wondros to bring together a handful of amazing thinkers and doers from both the social impact and creative worlds, to examine what it takes to advance an idea in place of a program, and to identify the ingredients of modern-day movement-building. What follows is a transcript from a talk given by Ashoka Fellow Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive...
Ashoka Fellow Ai-jen Poo on building the caring...
In early May, Ashoka teamed up with the team at Wondros to bring together a handful of amazing thinkers and doers from both the social impact and creative worlds, to examine what it takes to advance an idea in place of a program, and to identify the ingredients of modern-day movement-building. What follows is a transcript from a talk given by Ashoka Fellow Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National...
Ashoka Fellow Eric Dawson on unleashing young...
In early May, Ashoka teamed up with the team at Wondros to bring together a handful of amazing thinkers and doers from both the social impact and creative worlds, to examine what it takes to advance an idea in place of a program, and to identify the ingredients of modern-day movement-building. What follows is a transcript from a talk given by Ashoka Fellow Eric Dawson, Co-Founder and President of...
Meet Ashoka Trend Spotter Alexandra Kent
This week, we introduce you to Saru Jayaraman’s work. Saru is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of ROC-United. With her team, she is reforming the restaurant industry’s employment practices by aligning worker, employer and consumer interests. We got up-close-and-personal with her in a recent interview published on Forbes.com. Saru recently released a book Behind The Kitchen...
Meet Ashoka Trend Spotter Alexa Clay
This week, we spent some time with Catherine Rohr, one of our newest Ashoka Fellows who is helping former prisoners harness their entrepreneurial talents by pairing them with business leaders to create new businesses. She talks to us about how being the first girl on the boy’s high school wrestling team taught her important lessons in resilience and the importance of giving people first...
Trend-Spotter David Lubell Shares His Story
As part of our five week spot light on newly elected Ashoka Fellows and their Trend-Spotters, we invite you to learn about Seth Flaxman’s motivation behind founding Turbovote: simplifying the voting process and revitalizing American democracy. Read his one-on-one interview with Ashoka on Forbes.com. Below you’ll also learn about David Lubell who brought Seth’s work to our...
Ashoka Trend-Spotter Jim Greenbaum Shares His...
As part of our five week spot light on our newly elected Ashoka Fellows and their Trend-Spotters, we invite you to learn about Kendis Paris’ motivation behind co-founding Truckers Against Trafficking on our blog. With thousands of truckers around the country, she is turning the trucking industry into a critical force against human trafficking – a model replicable across transportation...
Welcoming Ashoka Fellow Sarah Hemminger - Stories...
This week, we welcome five new Ashoka Fellows to our network of more than 3,000 social entrepreneurs and every Thursday for the next five weeks, we will be featuring each of these Fellows on our blog hosted by Forbes.com. You can read about our first featured Fellow, Sarah Hemminger here. Below, you can also learn all about Lennon Flowers, who was among those who helped us spot Sarah in the first...
When you talk to an Ashoka Fellow candidate & it...
Real Life: I'm a Principal →
Want to know what it’s like to sustain a school culture of empathy? In ”Real Life: I’m a Principal,” Michelle Hughes takes us behind the scenes of High Meadow School, a school that strives to build empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills in its students and staff.
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Step No. 2: Issue a nationwide challenge to young entrepreneurs, and inspire...– Number 2 on Nareen Jain’s “five things our President should do to bring entrepreneurship back to the U.S.”
A Guide to Changing the World.
“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser and realized the world would not change I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country: but it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years I settled on changing only my family and those closes to me, but alas they would have none of it. Now as I...
Swim against the current. @ashokaus @ashokaseattle #socent twitter.com/laurazax/statu… — Laura Zax (@laurazax) October 12, 2012 The quote Laura’s elegantly referring to here is the one on the cover of the booklet which is a bit of a mantra within Ashoka. Hence, the real fish. The booklet that’s on the photo is within Ashoka simply referred to as the “fish booklet - you know,...
Wise Words From Muhammad Yunus →
At Saturday’s Social Good Summit, Ashoka Fellow and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Muhammad Yunus, gave an inspiring talk, encouraging youths everywhere to seize the moment and fix the problems they encounter. In case you missed it, we have compiled a few of the tweets, posts and images capturing his talk.
From Hilary Clinton to you: “Share your ideas. Mobilize your friends. Take action online and off.” <- Be a changemaker.
According to our interviews, peer relations improved as a greater degree of honesty and authenticity “promoted increased understanding, respect and acceptance.” Leadership advanced because commanders can better understand and address the needs of their subordinates when troops are able to speak freely. One officer said the ban had hindered military leaders from helping ensure the personal...
The avoidance of politics by many social entrepreneurs would not matter if...– Anand Giridharadas, New York Times
Seeds: A Microlending Game Where Farmville Meets... →
poptech: Instead of giving your dollars to Zynga to make your virtual farm grow faster, what if the real dollars you invested in a virtual game went to help a real entrepreneur? Sounds good to us! Agree!
The problems we face as a society can often seem daunting and intractable, and...– Michael Zakaras, in a recent article on Forbes.com about NYC’s initatiative to get more greens pushed in the cities many food carts.
My family just returned from a wonderful trip to Brazil (thanks to Delta miles!). Celia Cruz (who used to lead Ashoka Canada and Ashoka Brazil) showed me the work of Gilberto Dimenstein on transforming graffiti from this to this In other words, don’t fight it, shape it. When I was preparing for my interviews with Ashoka (3 ½ years ago now), I remember trying to understand what “jujutsu” meant...