What We Do

What We Do

Through a three-step process—frame, convene, and ignite (see below), Ashoka Changemakers® works with the rest of Ashoka and its partners to frame an approach to a problem that exponentially accelerates social change.

Changemakers convenes and connects high-potential changemakers, and their ideas and resources, through the power of challenges and partner networks.

Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade history to engage a global network that embodies the Ashoka vision of an “Everyone a Changemaker” world where people gain the skills and resources they need to collaborate on solving complex social problems.

The network ignites a movement that sweeps through systems, tipping the attitudes and behavior of individuals and institutions.

Our Impact

Changemakers is a global community of action that grows the impact of changemaking – from leading social innovators and community activists to Fortune 500 companies and global foundations. It has built a network of more than 15,000 innovators, hundreds of partners, and hundreds of thousands of changemakers from 125 countries by running more than 80 online challenges during the past decade, with partners such as GE, Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many other innovating organizations.

What people are saying:

"They showcased great innovation that can be exported to other countries, terrific successes against long odds, and a far-reaching global distribution of projects."
“The Changemakers open source competition model let us shorten our three- to four-year call for proposals process for identifying investment-grade opportunities to three or four months, while delivering an equivalent number of quality projects.”
“Our work with Ashoka Changemakers has really shown that much more out-of-the-box and sometimes more interesting solutions are coming forth in this collaborative competition model.”
"Changemakers can help match participants to new funding, essentially building a marketplace for innovation in an issue area in just a few months.”
How We Work:

Changemakers applies Ashoka’s 35 years of experience in identifying and evaluating social innovations, plus the insights gathered from the world’s largest network of leading social entrepreneurs, to frame problems and emerging innovations in a way that maximizes the systems-changing impact of each partnership.

We analyze the current landscape of a problem by defining the core problems, and mapping them against patterns and trends emerging from the work of leading social entrepreneurs. We take this information from the frontier of knowledge and assemble it, producing a Discovery Framework that serves as a mosaic of strategic opportunities for moving the needle on systems change.


Ashoka Changemakers leverages online challenges to convene the world’s leading innovators, their ideas, and supporters, forming a network for collaboration between people, and even teams of people. Changemakers provides the platform where ideas and feedback are shared and refined; innovators receive feedback from their peers and thought leaders; and funder and investors can connect to evaluate and support innovations showing the most promise for scaled-up impact.

We reach hundreds of thousands of users on social and traditional media, to build communities that support change. We engage with stories about how social innovators are leading, collaborating, and creating impact in big ways, and create dialogues for spreading and refining innovative practices.


With our partners, we engage a network that organizes itself as a team of teams, focusing the efforts of social innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, connectors, thought leaders, communicators, citizen sector organizations and citizens constituents to work together to exponentially accelerate lasting social change.

This is supported by a communications strategy that includes calls-to-action and compelling visuals, deployed through traditional and social media, to activate large-scale changemaking.

Participants are encouraged—through our platform that supports online and face-to-face interactions—to move along the spectrum from local service delivery, to scaled-up service delivery, to systems-changing solutions, and ultimately to shape the way society frames change.