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INSPIRATION: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs & The Power of New Ideas

INSPIRATION: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs & The Power of New Ideas | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

"How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs & The Power of New Ideas (Ashoka Fellow TED & TEDx Talks)", a playlist created by Ashoka Changemakers (RT @changemakers: A @YouTube playlist that may help you change the world:

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Happy New Year! Start off your 2014 with some changemaking inspiration in this series of TED & TEDx Talks from Ashoka Fellows like Jennifer Pahlka on coding a better government and Amory Lovins on a 40-year plan for energy.

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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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Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor

Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor
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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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How Mission Finland by Hippocampus changed the lives of kids in Indian villages

How Mission Finland by Hippocampus changed the lives of kids in Indian villages | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Apathy and indifference in the existing government school setup led to the creation of the Hippocampus Learning Centre. Today, Hippocampus has over 150 pre
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Umesh Malhotra is passionate about improving the quality and access of education in rural India. His story reveals the many stakeholders that must be considered in trying to reform an education system. "Human beings live on hope" is what motivates him to continue his work and achieve groundbreaking enrolment rates of 97%.

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Haiti teacher among 10 finalists for $1 million prize - Central Maine

Haiti teacher among 10 finalists for $1 million prize - Central Maine | 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 the education system in Haiti by introducing a strong focus on innovation in science in technology, and by developing a curriculum that engages students to apply what they learn in the classroom to address critical needs in their communities. Ashoka is so happy that a fellow like him is being recognised for the good work that he has done.

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Ashoka Fellow Khalid Alkhudair recognised for his work in lieu of International Women's Day

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

Al Arabiya News is marking International Women’s Day, and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, 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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Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies 2015

Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies 2015 | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Fast Company has named several Ashoka Fellows' organizations to their list of the 50 most innovative companies in 2015: Shivani Siroya's InVenture (#13), sisters Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey's Revolution Foods (#39), and Jose Moller's Algramo (#42). 

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Merging the social impact and traditional business sectors even further, Fast Company highlights the innovative work of social entrepreneurs and Ashoka Fellows alongside big-name brands like Warby Parker, Apple, Google, Instagram, HBO, Virgin America, Tesla, Netflix, Kickstarter, Ikea, and Samsung. See how Shivani Siroya, Jose Moller, Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey are changing access to finance and food.

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WEF Davos 2015 Hub Culture Interview with Chris Underhill

WEF Davos 2015 Hub Culture Interview with Chris Underhill | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
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In most recent years, a new challenge has presented itself to the Global Health community - mental illnesses. Chris Underhill shares his insights on how change makers should go about tackling this issue and who the stakeholders are in this new fight.

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Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay win 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay win 2014 Nobel Peace Prize | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

The Nobel committee said it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism”.


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Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi founded the Save the Childhood Movement and through this work, has acted to protect the rights of over 80,000 children. He successfully spearheaded a countrywide movement to make education a Constitutional Provision which subsequently paved way for the creation of the right to access to free education for children in 2009 in India. As a reaction to wining the Nobel Prize, he stated, “It’s an honour to all those children who are still suffering in slavery, bonded labour and trafficking.”

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 13, 2014 9:15 AM

We are thrilled to hear about this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners! It is a great day for the recognition of human rights activists.   Congratulations Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi for your powerful work for the child labour movement, Malala Yousafzai for your efforts in championing equal education for girls   2014 Nobel Peace Prize trivia: This prize touches the work of two Ashoka Fellows, Malala studied at Mohammed Ali's school 

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Gregory John Smith received '2014 World of Children Humanitarian Award'

Gregory John Smith received '2014 World of Children Humanitarian Award' | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Gregory John Smith is the recipient of the 2014 World of Children Humanitarian Award. Learn how his work with Children At Risk Foundation is changing children's lives.

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Gregory's thoughts on his award:


"This award will certainly bring renewed hope and inspiration to me and all those wonderful people who have shared my vision, supported and helped my organisation to fulfil the dream that I envisioned more than 20 years ago; that if we together could contribute just some of our privileged capacities to save the life of one underprivileged child from the streets exposed to drugs and violence, then our mission would not be in vain. Today, I know we have saved many and this award only reinforces the fact that we are not alone in our efforts to make this world a better and safer place for our children.


On behalf of all those children, I thank you!”

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A Social Network — But Not For Fun

A Social Network — But Not For Fun | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Ahmad Edibli founded website Dubarah (which means ‘solution’ in Arabic), an information portal for Syrians run by Syrians. Says Nawara Chakaki, "...it’s the first time a project like this has been initiated where it’s actually asking Syrians to help other Syrians.”

The Ashoka Community's insight:

Social entrepreneurs create solutions that meet critical needs on a systemic scale. Dubarah engages displaced Syrians as digital changemakers, creating a mutual help network and connecting the divided.

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Young offenders get chance of a fresh start, one song at a time

Young offenders get chance of a fresh start, one song at a time | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Six years ago, Dr Charlie Howard gave up her NHS job when she realised the mental health needs of young offenders were not being met. Now her organisation, MAC-UK, is leading the way with its music-led brand of ‘streetherapy.’ 

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Charlie Howard started MAC-UK as a way to integrate mental health services into local communities. She found that the mental health needs of the poor weren't being met, and that was leading to high prison rates. She created streetherapy as a way to give a fresh start and stronger mental health and economic skills to those with out access, those who need them most.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, January 21, 9:49 AM

Dr. Howard and her organization MAC-UK were focused on finding new solutions to provide counseling for mental health to young individuals most at risk because of their social standing. Who would know better ways to help than the youngsters themselves? Changemaking is all about developing new and exciting solutions to the most pressing problems of our society and teaching those around to "pay it forward". 

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What fosters true freedom? - Virgin.com

What fosters true freedom? - Virgin.com | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
What fosters true freedom?Ashoka Fellow Kim Feinberg believes the answer to this essential question is a holistic education: Kim Feinberg’s story starts with fostering empathy in South African school children through oral history lessons on...
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Kim Feinberg is creating a strong educational base for orphans so that they can become strong members of society and eventually give back, teaching them about tolerance in post-apartheid South Africa, gratitude, and giving them a hunger to create positive change. 

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Hidden cameras that film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places

Hidden cameras that film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

"To see is to believe," says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse.

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See Ashoka Fellow Oren Yakobovich describe his work, in his TED talk.

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Saskatchewan woman, Alaa Murabit, was one of Gadhafi's most wanted

Saskatchewan woman, Alaa Murabit, was one of Gadhafi's most wanted | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Saskatchewan-born Alaa Murabit, a medical doctor and the sixth of 11 children in her family, describes herself as only an accidental activist.

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Often changemakers are the ones going against the grain, pushing new ideas that may be discordant with the general population, to further society and human rights. Alaa Murabit is one of them, using faith based teachings to try and empower women within Libya, often risking her life to do so. 

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Zambia: Act Local, Think Global - the Food Revolution in Zambia

Zambia: Act Local, Think Global - the Food Revolution in Zambia | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
International conversation around food in Africa has traditionally been one of doom and decline. In 2012 the World Bank declared the average life expectancy at birth to be 56 years in sub-saharan Africa.
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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 | 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 marginalisation 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 | 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.”
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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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Innovation Obsession Disorder - propagation is as important as innovation

Innovation Obsession Disorder - propagation is as important as innovation | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Innovation is fun to accomplish and frequently well rewarded. We should absolutely help it along in places where smart people can use better conditions to exercise their intelligence. But the problem is not the pace of innovation. The problem is the pace of propagation.

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"Why should inventing new things be a priority over just making existing solutions work in new places?" asks Mathias Craig, in Daniel Ben-Horin's excellent 2012 piece on how propagating successful social solutions is necessary to actually address problems on a global level. 

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"Changemaker maker" Ashoka Fellows Recognized by Global Teacher Prize

"Changemaker maker" Ashoka Fellows Recognized by Global Teacher Prize | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Teachers have an unprecedented role in shaping the future generation. The "Global Teacher Prize" recognizes teachers doing exceptional work across the globe. Ashoka Fellows Kiran Ber Sethi from India and Guy Etienne from Haiti are among the 10 finalists.

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Both Kiran and Guy have re-defined how children and young people grow up by re-imagining the school as a platform for developing young people as changemakers that believe change is possible and that they can drive it. In Haiti, kids learn science with empathy by building solar-powered traffic lights, planting trees, or building robots with recycled materials. In India, children learn how to be protagonists in their environment, to exercise full citizenship, and to find affirmation for their needs and ideas. 

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Tech Innovators as Changemakers - Unexpected Opportunities, Fresh Insights for Changing the World

Tech Innovators as Changemakers - Unexpected Opportunities, Fresh Insights for Changing the World | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

On November 5, Intel, Ashoka, & experts in tech and social innovation for a conversation on how to channel the massive financial, creative, skills, and knowledge resources in the tech sector for the betterment of global society. Watch the discussion featuring Intel Foundation President Justin Rattner and Ashoka Fellows Till Behnke and Njideka Harry, moderated by Ashoka's Sachin Malhan.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 31, 2014 1:48 PM

Ask leading tech innovators your questions & share your own ideas on the future of technology for changemaking!

Check out the first Hangout we held in October and Meet the Brightest Minds in ICT: bit.ly/brightestmindsict

For more insights, access Intel and Ashoka's new report, Social Entrepreneurs Changing Lives Through ICT: bit.ly/socinntech

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A Capstone in a Career Spent Fighting for the Rights of Domestic Workers

A Capstone in a Career Spent Fighting for the Rights of Domestic Workers | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Fellow Ai-jen Poo, founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance advocates better wages and working conditions for domestic workers and home health care aides. She is a 2014 recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant.

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Ai-Jen Poo has changed the framework on how domestic workers are viewed in the United States, and has brought workers from many different ethnic backgrounds together to fight for common rights, to create policy changes and to engage in skill workshops for the betterment of the whole.

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How ICT creates changemaking jobs in Africa

How ICT creates changemaking jobs in Africa | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

Sixty percent of unemployed Africans are between the ages of 15 and 24... Three social innovations are rewriting this story. These tech-based strategies are improving the job prospects of young Africans, while sparking stronger local economies from within communities.

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Mobile technology has revolutionized ICT in Africa and beyond. How are social entrepreneurs taking advantage of the tech boom to create job opportunities for local populations and empower young changemakers? Janet Longmore, Jamila Abass, and Karim Sy demonstrate three job-creating approaches through ICT.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 31, 2014 1:36 PM

Mobile technology has revolutionized ICT in Africa and beyond. How are social entrepreneurs taking advantage of the tech boom to create job opportunities for local populations and empower young changemakers? Janet LongmoreJamila Abass, and Karim Sy demonstrate three job-creating approaches through ICT.

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Makers Of More: Sparking Local Economic Opportunity And Social Change Together

Makers Of More: Sparking Local Economic Opportunity And Social Change Together | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

“How do we find a way to reconnect communities with local businesses, local resources, but more importantly, with each other?” This question, posed by Ken Banks at Pop!Tech, is being echoed by an innovative generation of problem-solvers who are looking to strengthen local economies while simultaneously tackling community issues.

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Five Ways Social Entrepreneurs Use Technology To Increase Their Impact

Five Ways Social Entrepreneurs Use Technology To Increase Their Impact | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it

“Technology for the sake of technology is a waste of precious resources. Social entrepreneurs need to understand the deep value that ICT can bring to social change when it is offered in context, with appropriate training, and with the intent of empowering the user. We hope this report inspires many others to take up this challenge in ways we haven’t even begun to imagine.” - Justin Rattner, President, Intel Foundation.

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Check out the recent virtual panel of Ashoka Fellows and heads from the Intel and Millicom Foundations in which they share their insights on the present and future of tech for social change. 

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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014 | Ashoka Fellows | Scoop.it
Lots of dedicated people and groups are trying to change the world. What do the most successful ones have in common?


Tina Rosenberg collects some of this year's top stories of successful social solutions from the New York Times "Fixes" column, drawing out three big ideas from 2014: Downshift Jobs, Focus on People's Strengths, Not their Needs, and Target the "Social Determinants."

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Downshifting jobs breaks down an outdated social structure that emphasizes elite professionals and opens up different fields to new players, as with Sanjeev Arora's Project ECHO and Madhav Chavan's Pratham

Focusing on people's strengths allows us to see the changemaking potential in all people, such as through Maurice Lim Miller's Family Independence Initiative and Mel Young's Homeless World Cup

Targeting "social determinants" is often what helps social entrepreneurs effectively change systems that don't work, as Alex Bernadotte does through Beyond12.

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The math of learning | John Mighton | TEDxCERN - YouTube

An invisible problem in our society is that we underestimate ourselves. John Mighton, the founder of JUMP Math, believes that anyone can learn anything, especially mathematics. We need to give our teachers the right methods, backed by rigorous evidence, to educate our children. 

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John Mighton invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance across the board, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP) spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States. Check out his TED talk here!

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