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The Play Exchange Is Open For Voting!


We're excited to announce that voting for The Play Exchange Challenge is now open! The Play Exchange is a national challenge open to all Canadians and their ideas for promoting active living across Canada.

What Being An Astronaut Taught Me About Healthy Living


“Regular exercise prepared me well for the demands of astronaut life, and it will prepare explorers of the future for their challenges,” said Robert Thirsk, former astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency and director of the board for LIFT Philanthropy Partners.

Walking to school: creating a culture of active living for kids


With an increasing child obesity rate, Canadian children are more and more at risk of developing serious chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes, cancers and hypertension.

Youth Transforming Canada’s Most Pressing Health Issues


About a third of all Canadian children are overweight or obese, and only 4.4 percent of children get the recommended amount of physical activity. 

The Healing Power of Canada’s Natural Landscape


“Our mission is to connect our society’s most marginalized and under-served women to the healing power of nature,” said Jaime Adams, the Founder of the Forest and the Femme Society. The organization is one of the Early Entry Prize winners of The Play Exchange challenge. 

UL and Ashoka Announce the Early Entry Prize winners of the Safer Roads, Safer India Challenge


Every year, more than 1.2 million people die in road accidents globally, with 130,000 of those deaths occurring in India, which has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide. The result is an estimated 2 percent loss in GDP in India that not only affects workforce members, but places added pressure on the health care system.

First Live #saferoads Twitter Chat on May 22nd!


Do you have an idea for how to increase access to safe public transportation? Are individuals in your local community striving to build a safer India for all?

Save the Date! Second Live #PlayExchange Twitter Chat

Do you have an idea for how to make exercise more fun? Are schools in your local community helping build a healthier Canada for all? Share your story at the second live Twitter Chat (#SocEntChat) of The Play Exchange challenge!

Announcing The Play Exchange's Early Entry Prize Winners!

The Play Exchange is excited to announce the top three early entry winners! Since the challenge launched in February we have received numerous innovative and creative ideas to empower Canadians to make healthy choices and address major health concerns. These three submissions stood out from the bunch for their inspired and resourceful approaches.

Rona Ambrose Introduces The Play Exchange on Steven and Chris!

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On April 30th, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose joined Steven and Chris to talk about getting Canadians active with The Play Exchange.  From their studios at CBC in Toronto, they discussed the challenge and how important it is for Canadians to get engaged and get active!


Key Insights - #PlayExchange Twitter Chat


The following is a list of key trends and insights from the first #PlayExchange Twitter Chat:


The Play Exchange Launches the Active at School Challenge

The Government of Canada and Canadian Tire are challenging students, teachers, principals, school boards and parent councils to get involved in promoting active and healthy living across Canada by joining The Play Exchange.

Announcing the 1st #PlayExchange Twitter Chat on April 8th


Do you want to learn about the innovative ideas and programs that are helping Canadians become healthier and more active? Do you have ideas for encouraging healthy living in Canada?

'Leaning In' And 'Pulling Up': Women's Economic Equality In The Middle East

“Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world – the numbers tell the story quite clearly,” says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her 2010 TEDx Talk. Sandberg’s advice to women in her New York Times bestseller, “Lean In,” is relevant across the globe: less than half of working-age women worldwide are employed, they are paid less on average than men for the same work, and the chances of rising to the top of a Fortune 500 company are not in a woman’s favor.

The Most Innovative Solutions of the "Women Powering Work" Competition

Investing in women creates a multiplier effect for society: better health and education outcomes, societal resilience, reinvestment in communities, and national prosperity. While progress has been made globally, women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) still face some of the most daunting barriers in asserting their economic rights.

“Women currently make up half of the world’s population, work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half the world’s food, but only earn 10 percent of the income and own less than 2 percent of the world’s property,” according to Ashoka Fellow Ben Powell of Agora Partnerships. Moreover, the MENA region has one of the lowest rates of female labor participation in the world.

Accelerating Women Changemakers: A New Way of Doing Business

Take a look at the key insights from our Twitter Chat with top women's empowerment organizations: "Accelerating Women Changemakers: A New Way of Doing Business."

3 Takeaways from the Women Powering Work Twitter Chat

Did you miss the last Women Powering Work Twitter Chat? Have no fear! Take a look at the Storify recap below for the best insights from innovators and thought leaders:

Who Are the Early Entry Prize Winners?

General Electric and Ashoka Changemakers launched the Women Powering Work competition on August 21, 2013, to source the most innovative solutions working to advance economic opportunities for women in Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan.

Weekly Buzz: Top 3 Reads on Women's Economic Equality

What is the Women Powering Work community buzzing about this week? Check out these great reads about current trends in women’s economic equality:

Twitter Chat: Announcing Early Entry Prize Winners


Ashoka Changemakers, in partnership with General Electric, has been searching for innovations that enable the full economic participation of women in the MENA region through the Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality in MENA competition. It is time to announce the Early Entry Prize winners of the competition and share innovation trends from our outreach with a broader audience.

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