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Ashoka's work has traditionally revolved around identifying and supporting the world's leading social entrepreneurs. But within the past few years, we decided that wasn't enough. Though not everyone may want to be an entrepreneur, we believe that everyone can and should be a changemaker. We've set out to pioneer a changemaking movement that starts with a paradigm shift in education. We want to ensure that all youth are empowered to recognize and act on their ability to create positive social change, regardless of their eventual career paths.  We've identified what we call "changemaker skills" which are necessary for any student to master if she is to become an effective changemaker in a 21st century world that changes faster than ever--and thus prioritizes adaptability and interpersonal abilities over hard skills. These include: empathy, problem solving, teamwork, and leadership.  To impart this kind of education, Ashoka has developed a number of initiatives that serve youth throughout their educational experience. Explore how Ashoka's Start Empathy initiative, its Youth Venture program, and Ashoka U are creating a pipeline of support to keep tomorrow's talent engaged as global citizens.
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Good leadership can positively change people's brains - Phys.Org

Good leadership can positively change people's brains - Phys.Org | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Do leaders of successful and adaptive organisations think differently? Yes, according to a University of Adelaide organisational and neural complexity specialist.
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Brave Leadership: What It Takes To Create A Culture Of Courage - Forbes

Brave Leadership: What It Takes To Create A Culture Of Courage - Forbes | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
The human ingenuity within any organisation are it's greatest competitive advantage. Yet according to the latest statistics, over half of todays workers are disengaged .
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Leadership to Engage, Embolden, and Inspire

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Nonprofits: Don’t Be Afraid To Collaborate With One Another

Nonprofits: Don’t Be Afraid To Collaborate With One Another | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
When I mention “collaboration” in meetings with other nonprofit directors, I can flip a coin on their reaction: will they cringe in disgust or light up like a light bulb. Why is collaboration suc…

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 12, 2014 12:25 AM

Why is collaboration such a polarizing word in the nonprofit industry?

Collaboration is rooted in the idea of creating a unified vision and working towards a common goal, and yet, time and again so many director-level individuals shy away from working together. I have asked nonprofit directors where their hesitancy in collaborating comes from and listened intently as they describe why collaborating doesn’t work for them.


Read more at http://www.business2community.com/non-profit-marketing/nonprofits-dont-afraid-collaborate-one-another-01079969#Q7drL3PEm2jLFK2R.99

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Changemaker of the Week: Jensen Roll | Ashoka U

Changemaker of the Week: Jensen Roll | Ashoka U | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Jensen Roll, a student at Elon University, describes his organization, H.O.P.E., an organization that provides sustainable support for local food pantries through a certification process with restaurants.
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INSPIRATIONAL YOUTH: Empowering High School Students through Storytelling

INSPIRATIONAL YOUTH: Empowering High School Students through Storytelling | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Amit Dodani, a 15-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, talks about 'My Name My Story'--his youth-run leadership program to inspire the next generation of leaders.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:56 PM

Incredible insight into the mind of a young changemaker. 

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What Small Business Can Learn From a Kid’s Lemonade Stand | Direct Selling Education Foundation

What Small Business Can Learn From a Kid’s Lemonade Stand | Direct Selling Education Foundation | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
RT @TheDSEF: Successful lemonade stands have a special, often secret recipe that kids work hard 2 perfect- http://t.co/XJGz84By...

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I Am an Entrepreneur

The White House hosts an event with the Young Entrepreneur Council to promote entrepreneurship as a solution to youth unemployment and underemployment. Novem...

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NobleIdeas's curator insight, January 8, 2013 11:16 AM

What are your thoughts on this boom in entrepreneurship? What should education's response be to emcompass this new vision of young america?

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Youth urged to choose critical skills careers

Youth urged to choose critical skills careers | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Young people must be in a position to identify the skills that are required by our
economy and make academic choices that are informed by the needs of our economy,
says Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

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Boosting entrepreneurship for social change - MiamiHerald.com

Boosting entrepreneurship for social change - MiamiHerald.com | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Changemakers can come from anywhere, including the corporate world. Just look at Maria Escorcia, director of the South Florida chapter of Ashoka, a nonprofit that supports a network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs around the world.
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Teamwork or Collaboration? What’s the Difference?

Teamwork or Collaboration? What’s the Difference? | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Know the differences between teamwork and collaboration and why these 2 factors play a major role in making or breaking a business enterprise.

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Jack Christiana's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:36 AM

Interesting article. Not sure I agree with some of the authors opinions about collaboration and when to use it.

wimi-teamwork.com's curator insight, December 9, 2014 4:13 AM
Understanding the difference between teamwork and collaboration lets you manage your firm's resources and skills most efficiently
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CodeNonProfit on Twitter

CodeNonProfit on Twitter | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Hey #nonprofits, have software needs? We'll code solutions for you, for free! #code #nonprofit pic.twitter.com/Y8TuqClSXG
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CIO White Paper: The Essentials of a Social Media Strategy

CIO White Paper: The Essentials of a Social Media Strategy | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
White Paper: The Essentials of a Social Media Strategy http://t.co/xYCGOWhJkW
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25 Essential 21st Century Leadership Skills

25 Essential 21st Century Leadership Skills | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
25 Essential 21st Century Leadership Skills. Serve to Lead is a Baedeker travel guide for effectively navigating the new world of 21st century leadership.

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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, December 16, 2014 8:29 PM

A service mentality is not just an ethical plus - it's required...

Caden Wyatt's curator insight, March 23, 4:56 PM
I like this story but it is a little bit on the not really side because it says that step aim for the best in the world but sometimes the best in the world is not also the case best for the world I don't know that is just my thought so what do you think and please do tell me if you know. There is also that it says that you must make money a vital part of leadership yes most of the time that is the case but I don't know.(great story)
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How the Obsession with Test Scores Helps Produce Children Who Lack Creativity and Empathy

How the Obsession with Test Scores Helps Produce Children Who Lack Creativity and Empathy | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
The 21st century needs college grads who can address the prevailing issues of our era—not standardized test-taking robots.
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12 Things Collaborative Leaders Do - Jesse Lyn Stoner

12 Things Collaborative Leaders Do - Jesse Lyn Stoner | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Some of these behaviors could describe any leader. But all together, a pattern emerges that shows a difference between traditional and collaborative leaders
The Ashoka Community's insight:

12 ways collaborative leaders create communities where people unite around a common purpose and values. 

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How Can Nonprofits Benefit from the New Facebook Groups App? - AllFacebook

How Can Nonprofits Benefit from the New Facebook Groups App? - AllFacebook | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
How can nonprofits take advantage of the new application released by Facebook Tuesday, Facebook Groups?

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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:04 PM

There are so many ways to use Facebook Groups within your organization, from coordinating relief efforts during natural disasters, to engaging volunteers for meal deliveries to those in need, to creating a space where people can come for support. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when setting up a Facebook group:

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Facebook creates 'empathy team' to relate to users

Facebook creates 'empathy team' to relate to users | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
The social network's new group seeks to understand what it's like to be an individual or business manager using the platform, but will you actually benefit from this new directive?
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When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…an Entrepreneur

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…an Entrepreneur | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Many students have entrepreneurial aspirations, a recent Gallup poll suggests.

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I Am an Entrepreneur

The White House hosts an event with the Young Entrepreneur Council to promote entrepreneurship as a solution to youth unemployment and underemployment. Novem...

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NobleIdeas's curator insight, January 8, 2013 11:16 AM

What are your thoughts on this boom in entrepreneurship? What should education's response be to emcompass this new vision of young america?

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Simple Advice from Youth on Being Successful on Social Media

Simple Advice from Youth on Being Successful on Social Media | The Youth Years | Scoop.it

"As adults and professionals, we often take over-analysis to dizzying heights. That’s why I take any opportunity available to talk to children and youth about all manner of topics, and particularly ones that they aren’t often recognized as experts of, but most definitely are. Like social media.


Here’s some simple, straightforward advice, taken directly from his slidedeck, that my immensely successful former student ExplodingTNT gave to educators who came to our #BIT14 presentation this year on being a Youth on YouTube:"


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India tackles worryingly high level of suicides among young people

India tackles worryingly high level of suicides among young people | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
India, whose government this week made it no longer a crime to attempt suicide, has the highest suicide rate in the world for the 15-to-29 age group.

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Obama Announces Initiative for Native American Youth - Breaking news around the world

Obama Announces Initiative for Native American Youth - Breaking news around the world | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for Native American youth in the United States, over 1/3 of whom are currently living in poverty.

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Cultivating Empathy in a Diverse Urban School

Cultivating Empathy in a Diverse Urban School | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
New initiatives and traditions to increase academic marks
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Why Productive People Take Better Notes

Why Productive People Take Better Notes | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
If you can't recall what you had for lunch, why do you think you'll remember what your mentor just said?
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Fundraisers Find Painless Ways for Nonprofit Leaders to Raise Money - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

Fundraisers Find Painless Ways for Nonprofit Leaders to Raise Money - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) | The Youth Years | Scoop.it
Very few top charity officials are prepared to do their part, so development offices need to build trust and manage a CEO’s time well.
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