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Change The World: One Meal At A Time

Change The World: One Meal At A Time | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
This is the second post in our "6-Word Story Series," highlighting insights, how-to’s and stories from the world of social impact driven specifically by our network of over 3100 Fellows across the globe.
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Ashoka Ireland Fellow Michael Kelly on "food empathy," urbanization, vertical farming, and so much more...

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Ashoka Fellows are the world's leading social entrepreneurs, committed to conquering the world's biggest problems with new ideas and creative solutions. All Fellows go through Ashoka's rigorous search and selection process, honed over 30 years of leadership in the field of social entrepreneurship.
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"Hero Rats" Have Learned How to Sniff Out Land Mines

"Hero Rats" Have Learned How to Sniff Out Land Mines | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
All they’re asking for in return are some treats and a bit of love.
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Ashoka Fellow Bart Weejens  trains African giant pouched rats—or “hero” rats—to detect landmines and TB. 

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A bolly good read

A bolly good read | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

MILLIONS of Indians watch Bollywood movies for the broken hearts, lost fortunes, dishy actors and catchy tunes. But beyond mere escapism, such fare may have a role to play in fighting illiteracy.

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Ashoka Fellow Brij Kothari of PlanetRead uses pop culture to create an Everyone a Reader India.

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Seeding the market with Root Capital

Seeding the market with Root Capital | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Lending to poor farmers: “COFFEE is our gateway drug,” jokes Willy Foote, founder of Root Capital. “Then we move on to harder stuff, like cocoa, cashews, quinoa and sorghum.”

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The Economist profiles Ashoka Fellow Willy Foote and Root Capital's business of lending to poor farmers ignored by mainstream finance.

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Ken Banks: City Asset our international ambassador! - Cambridge News

Ken Banks: City Asset our international ambassador! - Cambridge News | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

"For a few years I've been an Ashoka Fellow," he says of the trip to California. "Ashoka is a global network of around 3,000 social entrepreneurs. They have a Silicon Valley chapter and that chapter is trying to build awareness of social entrepreneurship in the Valley because these companies have technology that could be positively impactful and there's lots of young people – millennials as we like to call them – who want to get involved."

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The Systems Changers #1: Alasdair Harris | Pioneers Post

The Systems Changers #1: Alasdair Harris | Pioneers Post | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
“If we just backed off a little bit, everybody would have more.” Founder of Blue Ventures Alasdair Harris explains why conservation makes good business sense for the millions of people living in coastal communities around the world.
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Restaurant Workers Unite For 'One Fair Wage'

Restaurant Workers Unite For 'One Fair Wage' | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
After years of fighting for an increase in the minimum wage of workers who earn tips, Saru Jayaraman realized that our entire tipped wage system was rooted in unfairness. So this year she turned upside down her organization’s strategy for an increase in the hourly wage for tipped workers. She [...]
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Saru Jayaraman is fighting for equity and fairness for a group of people who we often overlook - restaurant workers. Her determination and perseverance has helped to illuminate the public about the conditions restaurant workers face. She uses the strategy "by the workers, for the workers" to empower restaurant workers to help themselves.

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How to bring new energy to late adulthood

How to bring new energy to late adulthood | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Founder of The Eden Alternative Dr. Bill Thomas talks about bringing new energy and vitality into late adulthood and beyond.
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Bill Thomas is changing perceptions of ageing and getting people to "embrace incompetency" as a way to encourage people to take a new perspective on life. He shares his insight on how people can go about celebrating ageing rather than dreading it as is often found in American society.

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How To Serve Remote Customers Who Live On Less Than $2 A Day

How To Serve Remote Customers Who Live On Less Than $2 A Day | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
The worlds of business and charity are increasingly merging. Social enterprises engage in activities that don’t perfectly fit in either of these worlds. Blending the two is a powerful tool: the solutions are often more effective, more innovative, and above all more sustainable. Yet the overwhelming majority of people at the [...]
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Chris Underhill and Raskin Arnound are prime examples of fellows who have mastered the incorporation of sustainable business practices into their social mission. They are able to continue funding the change they want to see through enterprise, unlike NGOs and charities who have to rely on traditional fundraising mechanisms that come with conditions and limitations.

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Local Innovators take on Bangalore's Green Crisis

Local Innovators take on Bangalore's Green Crisis | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

"From every corner, people poured out of their homes to celebrate trees; in streets, parks, bazaars and community grounds."

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Shubhendu Sharma and Kuldeep Dantewadia are transforming the environment in Bangalore through simple participatory strategies that bring the community together around environmental issues. Their work has proven that "a sense of community can indeed move mountains", as they achieve success in creating a greener and cleaner Bangalore.

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Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor

Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Mukti Bosco has come up with a way to improve primary healthcare in villages through a comprehensive health education and health savings program that insures villagers in India from the high medical bill that could potentially destroy livelihoods in an instant. She purports the importance of women as changemakers within their own community, and leads by example. Bosco overcomes not just economic barriers but cultural barriers in her fight to improve the livelihoods of the poor through improved health.

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"Human Beings Live on Hope" - How Hippocampus changed the lives of Indian kids

"Human Beings Live on Hope" - How Hippocampus changed the lives of Indian kids | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Umesh Malhotra is passionate about improving the quality and access of education in rural India - and has achieved groundbreaking enrollment rates of 97%. His story reveals the many stakeholders that must be considered in trying to reform an education system.

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Haiti teacher among 10 finalists for the "Nobel Prize for teaching"

Haiti teacher among 10 finalists for the "Nobel Prize for teaching" | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
The school headmaster and chemistry teacher joins a Maine teacher and eight others worldwide in the running for the 'Nobel Prize for teaching.'
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Guy Etienne is transforming Haiti's education system by leading students to scientific innovations in technology through a curriculum that engages students to apply classroom learnings to address critical needs in their communities.

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Ashoka Fellow Khalid Alkhudair recognised for his work on International Women's Day

Ashoka Fellow Khalid Alkhudair recognised for his work on International Women's Day | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Al Arabiya News is marking International Women’s Day with a special series profiling leading women and women’s rights champions around the world, among them startup company founder Khalid Alkhudair.

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Khalid Alkhudair is changing social norms and improving economic development of households within Saudi Arabia through his focus on including women in the workforce. The success of his employment matching site for women has seen him expanding into other fields such as a women-only gym and a car service.

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Thunder Valley CDC Aims To Forge New Tribal Community: Ashoka Fellow Nick Tilsen

Thunder Valley CDC Aims To Forge New Tribal Community: Ashoka Fellow Nick Tilsen | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
An effort to build a new sustainable and energy self-sufficient community on Pine Ridge is underway. The Thunder Valley CDC held a groundbreaking near
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Tilsen is the Executive Director of the Thunder Valley CDC.  He spoke just before the entire crowd of community members lined up in front of a set of shovels to each take a turn at the official ground breaking.  Tilsen says this project is different than housing efforts in the past, in part because it’s bottom up.   

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From fisherman to climate farmer: Ashoka Fellow Bren Smith -

Bren Smith is building a blue-green economy that will restore oceans, mitigate climate change and re-invent the fishing profession. For the past 12 years, Br...
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The Future of Innovation: Social Entrepreneurs and Technology - YouTube

The Future of Innovation: Social Entrepreneurs and Technology - YouTube | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
  1. How can technology help us create a better world?
  2. What are some of the risks technology presents?
  3. How can tech and social entrepreneurs work together?
  4. What can tech and social entrepreneurs learn from each other?
  5. What is the future of technology and social change?
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How social entrepreneurs and technology will drive the future of innovation and how you can take part. #socentTech #seizethefuture

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Bite the Ballot: Empowering a generation to sit at the forefront of democracy

Bite the Ballot: Empowering a generation to sit at the forefront of democracy | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Read about Mike Sani #AshokaFellow of the Month & his democratic evolution movement on our UK Blog: http://t.co/k10cQlEDxX @BiteTheBallot
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Solar Bore-Well to Solve Water Problems of SECMOL University, Ladakh

Solar Bore-Well to Solve Water Problems of SECMOL University, Ladakh | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Formed in 1988 to reform the educational system of Ladakh, SECMOL today creates opportunities for rural Ladakhi youth, and promotes sustainable living. Their aim is to help present and future generations of Ladakhis benefit from education and adopt a...
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Sonam Wangchuk is advocating for a move towards more sustainable forms of energy to reduce the impact that pollution and global warming have on society. His leads by example through his Phey Campus that uses clean sutainable energy to power the entire building. He puts the issue of environmental degradation in perspective by attributing it as a way of killing people slowly. Check out a short interview with him in the article!

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Offering affordable psychological help – in 10 different languages

Offering affordable psychological help  – in 10 different languages | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
In the last of our series about social entrepreneurs who are building ideas to tackle health-related issues, Krystian Fikert describes how he founded and runs the MyMind centre for mental wellbeing
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Krystian Fikert is bringing a much needed service to the Polish community in a cheap and innovative way. He focuses on providing multilingual counseling services, targeting vulnerable groups like immigrant populations. His work has brought together over 40 professionals to support the cause and aid in the expansion of his organization.

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Social entrepreneurs: Wise solutions help older people in local communities

Social entrepreneurs: Wise solutions help older people in local communities | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneur Mary Nally saw how older people could help others in the community and set up the Third Age organisation to harness their time and expertise
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Mary Nally is maximising the potential of a community by harnessing the productivity of a marginalised group of people, namely the elderly. She trains and coordinates this demographic in the population to solve community issues, thus improving the image and dignity of this group in society, while finding new ways to solve chronic issues in society.

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How do you want to die? A mission to make death part of popular conversation

How do you want to die? A mission to make death part of popular conversation | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

A growing national movement to normalize end-of-life discussions among family and friends has gained traction in recent months. As Medicare considers whether to cover such conversations with physicians, The Conversation Project, a Boston-based non-profit, is highlighting the importance of talking openly about dying.

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PBS NewsHour features Ellen Goodman's work to change the way we think and talk about dying.

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Zambia's Food Revolution: Act Local, Think Global

Zambia's Food Revolution: Act Local, Think Global | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Sylva Food Solutions' approach to local food has delivered a structural change in the market. And while Sylvia Banda's local food movement is the face of the change that she is promoting, at its core lies the cause of economic empowerment.

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Sylvia Banda is ensuring the livelihood of farmers in Zambia by creating value chains and changing market dynamics through her education programs. From humble beginnings in her own kitchen, Sylvia is now expanding to compete in a global market and help even more Zambian farmers. 

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Ferguson Signals the New Civil Rights Frontier for Changemakers: Transforming our Courts

Ferguson Signals the New Civil Rights Frontier for Changemakers: Transforming our Courts | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Witnessing the conveyer belt of convictions in Maplewood and other courtrooms, it is difficult to argue that the criminal court system is an area where constitutional rights are being exercised to mete out justice. Rather, it functions as an efficien...
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Raj Jayadev shares his input on the flaws of the US justice system and the marginalization of African Americans. He shares about the power of the individual and community in coming together to address these issues with the justice system.

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A Year Off Before College Isn't A Gap, It's A Launching Pad

A Year Off Before College Isn't A Gap, It's A Launching Pad | Stories of Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Meet the woman who is on a mission to change this stat: “America has the highest college dropout rate in the developed world: 1/3 of college freshman don’t come back for a second year and on average it takes students six years to get through four year colleges.” Abby Falik transforms the traditional gap year into a Global Citizen Year.

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"Our education system is failing our kids. The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, but our approach to teaching and learning is stuck in the past century" says Abby Falik. Falik is changing the way we view education and revolutionising our education system by normalising experiential learning. She asks important questions about how best to integrate college education into our journey for knowledge. 

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