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Save the Date! Join @Changemakers for a #SocEntChat about Empathy!

February 14th is a day the world beams with love – and what better way to capture that love, by cultivating empathy in ourselves and in our communities?

Join us, the 1440 Foundation, experts and innovators between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. EST on Valentine’s Day for a conversation about empathy: its power, its impact, and its future.  

This is your chance to share your thoughts, ideas, challenges, and perspectives—and to connect with innovators and thought-leaders!

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Five Tips for Creating Learning Spaces that Lead to Change

When Vishal Talreja started Dream a Dream with friends in 1999, he was armed more with passion than experience in education or development. But after a transformative and boundary-shattering experience working with HIV-positive children in India’s shelter homes, Talreja felt the very real need to put his empathy into sustained action.

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¿Es posible imaginar un nuevo Ideario para la Salud del Siglo XXI? Construcción de una Ciudadanía Saludable.

Nota del Editor: Este artículo fue escrito por Mercedes Jones, Comentadora Experta en el desafío Innovaciones para la Salud: Soluciones que Cruzan Fronteras.

 

"Las utopías sólo son a menudo verdades prematuras"

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Todo proceso de innovación social resume y concreta un ideario. Un ideario es un marco de valores y principios explícitos unido a líneas de acción. De modo que cumple una función de estímulo y orientación para la acción social. Es una combinación de crítica y propuesta. Declara principios, y al mismo tiempo promueve la acción alineada con esos valores.
 
 Es lo suficientemente flexible como para ofrecer un amplio espacio donde las personas se inspiran, exploran diferentes modalidades y buscan otros caminos de acciones transformadoras. Es lo suficientemente firme como para servir de faro orientador.
 
Con esta perspectiva de lo que es un ideario quizás convendría preguntarnos ¿Cuáles son los elementos requeridos en la construcción de un ideario para la salud en el Siglo XXI? ¿Es posible llevarlo a la práctica?
 

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Q&A with James Waruiru, Community Health Activist

Changemakers is changing. Through the new Changeshops platform, we now offer improved ways to help build the world of social good. Changeshops users will be able to tell the online community what they need to grow their projects; search for collaborators, innovators, and competitions in the field; and access funding opportunities for world-changing ideas.

The Changeshops community is growing each day; to get a preview of what might be in store, Changemakers is catching up with a few of the platform’s top users.

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Q&A with Idit Harel Caperton, Education Entrepreneur

Changemakers is changing. Through the new Changeshops platform, we now offer improved ways to help build the world of social good. Changeshops users will be able to tell the online community what they need to grow their projects; search for collaborators, innovators, and competitions in the field; and access funding opportunities for world-changing ideas.

The Changeshops community is growing each day; to get a preview of what might be in store, Changemakers is catching up with a few of the platform’s top users.

Our first interview is with Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, president and founder of the World Wide Workshop, the New York-based foundation that is powering ideas for global learning and leadership in the 21st century. Caperton’s Globaloria project is the world’s first and largest social learning network where students develop the digital citizenship skills the global economy demands. Globaloria helps both youth and educators learn to participate as leaders of change in the global knowledge economy.

Caperton sat down to talk with Changemakers about the organization’s early success with Changeshops.

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Emprendedor.TV: Herramientas Audiovisuales para Emprendedores

 

Emprendedor.Tv es una herramienta audiovisual que permite a los emprendedores sociales y a los emprendedores de negocios socialmente responsables, comunicar y difundir, de manera sencilla y con calidad profesional (broadcast), su trabajo con la comunidad a través de páginas web, redes sociales, blogs y otros medios online.
 
Juan José Oña – Emprendedor Social de Ashoka Uruguay – y su equipo de trabajo, crearon esta plataforma común con el objetivo de que emprendedores de todas partes del mundo puedan vincularse entre sí, difundir su trabajo con el público, y así también proveer una herramienta que permita lograr nuevas alianzas mediante la difusión de videos como elemento clave para la comunicación.
 
Así lo plantean desde su página web: “Emprendedor.TV facilita que los emprendedores sociales muestren sus iniciativas y potencien sus ideas y experiencias, de esta forma contribuye a que logren colectivamente cambiar por completo los diferentes campos de acción social en los que trabajan”.
 
 
Queríamos compartir esta iniciativa con toda la comunidad de Changemakers, esperamos que sea de su utilidad!
 
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Conferência “Intersection”: Mash-up para um mundo em transformação

Imagem de uma paisagem com um home e um computador, representando a ideia de intersecção entre inovação e natureza

Nota da editora: Este artigo foi escrito por Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, editora contribuidora do Changemakers® da Ashoka.

Uma estrela de cinema, um iogue e um veterano da Guerra do Iraque estavam conversando em um bar...

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El Sol también se hace oír

Solar Ear

Nota del editor: Este artículo fue escrito por Vanuza Ramos, periodista colaboradora de Ashoka Changemakers®.
 
Una simple batería para un audífono cuesta cuatro reales y dura unos siete días, mientras que el dispositivo en sí cuesta tres mil dólares. Puede parecer poco para el gran impacto que estos productos tienen en la vida de una persona con problemas auditivos, pero en países en desarrollo como Brasil, estos valores significan la exclusión de millones de personas con pérdida auditiva. Sin embargo, un gran cambio está ocurriendo desde que el emprendedor social Howard Weinstein desarrolló una tecnología de bajo costo para la producción de audífonos que funcionan con energía solar, en un proceso de fabricación que implica la formación y el empleo de personas con discapacidad.
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#innovatehealth Interview Series: Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI)

As we continue to explore reverse innovation in health and health care, we talked with Donika Dimovska and Rose Reis at the Center for Health Market Innovations about their new report, Highlights: 2011. The report offers insights into market-based health programs, including:

  • Five health models emerging around the world during the past decade.
  • Six ways enterprises, NGOs, and others can mobilize private providers to deliver better care through franchising, high-volume specialty hospitals, and other commercial models.
  • Five approaches to expand access and give purchasing power to the poor, including government insurance programs, contracting with the private sector, and mHealth savings.
  • An analysis of how information technology can be effectively utilized in health care, presenting six key reasons why technology can improve access, quality, and efficiency.
  • Clear, quantifiable ways to report program performance in a simple and transparent way.
  • How to connect to CHMI hubs in 16 countries around the world.

Listen to this conversation about reverse innovation, and some of the highlights of this new report.

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The solution to the latest bullying headlines? Forget legislation: It's time to Start Empathy.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced about an 11-year-old boy with autism, who was beaten up by a fellow student while waiting at the bus stop. The event was filmed on a student’s cell phone, as his peers egged on his attacker, and subsequently uploaded to Facebook. 

It later emerged that Kaleb Kula, the victim of the assault, had endured similar taunts beginning in the 1st grade, and his parents had repeatedly contacted the administration expressing their concern. 

On the surface, the school had followed procedure, obeying the letter of the law. Maryland’s Cecil County Public School District upholds a strict anti-bullying policy, and maintains an online form where parents, peers, teachers, and other witnesses are encouraged to report incidents of bullying. 

The form is in keeping with the Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005, and a host of awareness-raising measures since, ranging from Bullying Awareness Week to enhanced legislation to high-profile media coverage.  The result has led to adramatic increase in the number of incidents reported throughout the state, reaching 3,800 incidents in 2009-2010: nearly double that from the previous year. 

Yet as Kaleb’s story shows, reporting incidents and dolling out reprimands only goes so far. Charging the student who attacked Kaleb with second-degree assault and laying blame on the district—which has called together parents to discuss bullying in wake of the incident—will not fix the problem. What’s needed is a concerted effort to address the issue at its root: equipping students with the ability to stand up when they see peers being mistreated and to avoid conflict in the first place. 

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Early Entrants & Honorable Mentions come together on Google+ Hangout

The early entry winners and honorable mentions of the Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning competition were announced here a few weeks ago. Last week, these entrants came together for the first time to discuss the state of innovation in their communities, and the methods that they see are improving the lives of those around them.

The entrants came from across Canada, and by the end of the meeting they were conspiring to find ways to bring their programs together. 

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Activa la empatía y únete al movimiento para enseñar lo que importa

Empatía. em•pa•tí•a  [ em.paˈti.a ]*
 
Es una palabra hermosa, derivada del prefijo em― (que significa "convertir en, poner en, entrar en") y pathos (que significa "sufrimiento").
 
Lo que considero especialmente hermoso de esta palabra es que, a diferencia de "compasión"**, "empatía" está más enfocada al interior de uno mismo y orientada a la acción. En ella se describe la incorporación del sufrimiento, emoción, sentimiento o experiencia de otra persona dentro de uno mismo, y cómo se manifiesta a través de los comportamientos hacia los demás.
 
 En Ashoka, creemos que la empatía es fundamental para nuestra capacidad de imaginar (y crear) mejores comunidades, sociedades, organizaciones, emprendimientos e instituciones. Creemos que la empatía es una habilidad. Creemos que la empatía es un músculo que tenemos todos. Y lo más importante, creemos que, como todos los músculos, la empatía se ve fortalecida por el uso y el ejercicio.  

Con este fin, Ashoka Changemakers lanza un nuevo desafío global: Activando Empatía: Transformación de las escuelas para enseñar lo que importa

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Conheça os vencedores do Prêmio de Inscrição Antecipada do Desafio Inovações para a Saúde

MEDCAP - Natural Fire 10 - Palabek Kal Health Clinic - US Army Africa - AFRICOM - 091018-F-8314S-137

 

Há alguns meses, o Changemakers da Ashoka e a Iniciativa Pioneer Portfolio da Fundação Robert Wood Johnson lançaram o Desafio Inovações para a Saúde: soluções que cruzam fronteiras. E hoje estamos felizes em anunciar os dois vencedores do Prêmio de Inscrição Antecipada:

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Conozca a los Ganadores del Premio a la Participación Temprana: Desafío Innovaciones para la Salud

MEDCAP - Natural Fire 10 - Palabek Kal Health Clinic - US Army Africa - AFRICOM - 091018-F-8314S-137

Unos meses atrás, Ashoka Changemakers y la Fundación Robert Wood Johnson lanzaron el desafío
Innovaciones para la Salud . Hoy nos complace anunciar a los ganadores del premio a la participación temprana:
 
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Meet The Early Entry Winners of the Innovations for Health Competition

A few months ago, Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio launched the 'Innovations for Health' competition. Today we are happy to announce the early entry winners:

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Growing to the Next Level of Change

 

Editor's note: This post was written by Ashoka Changemakers chief executive partner Ben Wald.

I am excited to let you know that Changemakers.com is about to get a new look.

Starting next week, the action opportunities for all who visit Changemakers are expanding from finding new innovations (through collaborative competitions, where Changemakers pioneered the open source method for recognizing and refining the best solutions to the world’s most critical issues) to connecting with a network that directs resources to the most promising solutions so they can grow.

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Activate Empathy and Join the Movement to Teach What Matters

Empathy.  em·pa·thy [em-puh-thee] 

It’s a beautiful word, derived from the suffix -em (meaning “to make into, to put into, to get into”) and -pathy  (meaning “suffering”).

What I consider especially beautiful about this word is that, unlike “sympathy” (which translates literally to “with” + “suffering”), “empathy” is more internally focused, and action-oriented. It describes the transposition of the suffering, emotion, feeling, or experience of another person into oneself – and how it manifests itself through ones behavior toward others.

Here at Ashoka, we believe that empathy is central to our ability to imagine (and create) better communities, societies, organizations, companies, and institutions. We believe that empathy is a skill. We believe that empathy is a muscle we all have. And most importantly, we believe that, like all muscles, empathy is strengthened by use and exercise.   

To this end, Ashoka Changemakers is launching a global competition titled: Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters.

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#innovatehealth Interview Series: Fast Forward Health

Changemakers caught up recently with two of the co-founders of the Fast Forward Health film festival: Andre Blackman and David Haddad. You can listen in on our conversation about innovations in health care and the film festival they launched in Washington D.C. this year:  

And if you're strapped for time, here's a quick overview of the conversation:

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Preguntas y Respuestas con Ben Wald: Director Ejecutivo de Ashoka Changemakers

El 14 de enero próximo, innovadores líderes en emprendedorismo social y empresarial, tecnología, ámbito académico y entretenimiento se reunirán en los estudios de Pixar Animation para intercambiar formas efectivas y poderosas de abordar los desafíos económicos y sociales más críticos de este tiempo. Entre los innovadores se encuentran la Vicepresidenta de Google, Marissa Mayer; Steve Case, fundador de AOL y de Case Foundation; y Tim Brown, director ejecutivo de IDEO, así como también la Presidenta de Ashoka, Diana Wells, y Ben Wald Director Ejecutivo de Ashoka Changemakers.

El evento, denominado “The Intersection” (La Intersección), será una reunión de 14 “mentes brillantes de la innovación” provenientes del sector empresarial y social que explorarán las tendencias líderes en innovación a nivel de creatividad personal, de equipo y organizacional e impacto social. 

Recientemente Wald conversó con Changemakers sobre sus expectativas sobre el evento: 

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#SocEntChat on Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders

Do you have an opinion about what health care models might work in more than one country? Are you interested in what kinds of health care challenges are shared by communities around the world? Join Ashoka Changemakers on January 10, 2012, for an Asia #SocEntChat about Innovations for Health.

Join @changemakers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) — that's 3:30 to 5:30 a.m. EST  to participate in a Twitter-based discussion with innovators, social entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts about health care solutions that have the potential to be applied in other countries in order to improve health and health care. This is your chance to make your voice heard or to ask experts in the field your most burning questions.

Who Will Win the Duel? Building Full Information Citizenship

Editor's note: This post was written by Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, contributing editor at Ashoka Changemakers®.

It's a duel, quite possibly to the death. The bad guys: Censorship, surveillance, sabotage, fraud. The good guys: Freedom, access to information, quality of information, privacy, and security. The venue: the Internet. The stakes: Couldn't be higher.

Fighting for the bad guys: tyrants, police states, oligarchs, and quite a few unknowns. Fighting for the good guys: innumerable innovators, optimists, activists, and visionaries around the world who are creating the technologies and tools to build a world where everyone has access to the information they need to be effective, change-making citizens.

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Coca-Cola dá mais vida? Sim.

Nota da editora: Este artigo foi escrito por Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, editora contribuidora do Changemakers® da Ashoka.

O slogan "Coca-Cola dá mais vida" está entre os mais fortes e memoráveis da história da publicidade. Simon Berry quer fazer com que ele seja também o mais verdadeiro.

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Early Entry Winners Announced in Inspiring Approaches Competition

We've received an outstanding response for Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning! Remember that you can share your idea or project until January 27, 2012.

Today we are excited to announce and congratulate our Early Entry Award Winners (follow the links to read their entries):

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What Happens When HeroRATs Head Home?

If you’ve been around these parts, you’re familiar with APOPO’s HeroRATs — the carefully trained, classically conditioned rodents that are bringing peace and security to countries with landmine legacies. HeroRATs founder Bart Weetjens and his talented critters have recently been featured at events like the 2011 Ashoka Globalizer and Skoll World Forum, heard over airwaves worldwide, and even captured on film in the field.

APOPO has successfully cleared more than 2,000 landmines and unexploded ordnances from land along the Thai-Cambodian border and in Mozambique. But what becomes of the reclaimed land after the HeroRATs head home?

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Q&A: An Interview With Ben Wald

On January 14, leading innovators in social and business entrepreneurship, technology, academia, and entertainment will meet at Pixar Animation Studios to discuss powerful and effective ways to address the most critical social and economic challenges of our time. They include Google vice president Marissa Mayer; Steve Case, founder of AOL and The Case Foundation; and Tim Brown, IDEO CEO, as well as Ashoka president Diana Wells and Ashoka Changemakers chief executive partner Ben Wald.

The event, dubbed “The Intersection,” will be a mash-up of 14 “innovation masterminds” from the business and social sectors exploring leading trends and ideas in personal creativity, team and organizational innovation, and social impact.

Wald recently talked with Changemakers about what he expects from the event—and what he is excited about.

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Uma empreendedora visionária coloca em foco a eliminação da deficiência visual evitável

Quase 40 milhões de pessoas no mundo estão desnecessariamente cegas e outras 240 milhões têm baixa visão. Praticamente 285 milhões de pessoas com deficiência visual vivem em países em desenvolvimento e sofrem de erros de refração não corrigidos e catarata.
Mas a Unidos pela Visão, uma empresa social localizada em New Haven, Connecticut, está fortalecendo comunidades ao redor do mundo para melhorar os cuidados dos olhos e diminuir as possibilidades de deficiência visual. A organização assegura tratamento oftalmológico – seja com medicação, uma cirurgia de restauração da visão a 150 dólares ou até mesmo um par de óculos – para pacientes que vivem em situação de pobreza em Gana, Índia, Honduras e também nos EUA e Canadá.
 
Mais de 1,3 milhões de pessoas no mundo superaram as barreiras de cuidados com os olhos através dos serviços oferecidos pela Unidos pela Visão, podendo elas pagar ou não pelo serviço – a conta sempre foi coberta pela organização social. 

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Una emprendedora visionaria pone en la mira la eliminación de la ceguera prevenible

 

Casi 40 millones de personas en todo el mundo son ciegas sin necesidad y otras 240 millones tienen poca visión. En el mundo, practicamente 285 millones de personas con discapacidad visual viven en países en desarrollo y sufren de errores de refracción y cataratas sin corregir.

Pero Unite for Sight (Unidos por la Vista), un emprendimiento social con sede en New Haven, Connecticut, EE.UU, está empoderando a las comunidades en todo el mundo para mejorar la salud ocular y eliminar la ceguera prevenible. La organización garantiza el tratamiento visual —ya sea si se trata de medicamentos, restauración de la vista por medio de una cirugía de USD 150 o incluso un primer par de gafas— para los pacientes que viven en situación de pobreza en Ghana, India y Honduras, así como Estados Unidos y Canadá.
 
Más de 1,3 millones de personas en todo el mundo han superado las barreras de acceso a la atención oftalmológica a través de los servicios de Unite for Sight, ya sea que puedan pagarlo o no: la cuenta está siempre cubierta por la organización sin fines de lucro.
 
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Chatting with Social Innovators: Winners of the Making More Health Competition

Earlier this month, we announced the winners of the Making More Health competition, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim:

While we learned a great deal from (and about) these incredible innovators through the competition, we wanted to learn more. And what better way to learn, than to speak directly with the brains of the operations themselves?

Changemakers brought together the three winners of this competition on Google+ Hangout to hear more about their work, and to give them an opportunity to connect with each other. These teams have been doing incredible work -- take a listen:

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Tecnologías que generan Cambio Social: Ciudadanía y Medios de Comunicación

[Escrito por: Lorena López periodista argentina colaboradora de Ashoka Changemakers]

El trabajo de InSTEDD consiste en desarrollar tecnologías rápidas, sencillas y eficientes para ayudar en situaciones donde está en juego la salud y hasta la vida. Su proyecto Truebites fue uno de los ganadores del desafío Changemakers Ciudadanía y Medios de Comunicación junto a Google. A continuación, una entrevista con Nicolás di Tada, director regional del Laboratorio de Innovación de InSTEDD en América Latina ubicado en Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
InSTEDD es la sigla de Innovative Support to Emergencies, Disasters and Diseases, una organización no gubernamental estadounidense que lleva a cabo una misión muy específica: diseñar y desarrollar tecnologías para organizaciones, empresas y comunidades que les permitan mejorar la comunicación y recolección de datos relacionados a salud, desarrollo y situaciones de desastre.
 
 

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The New Farm Bill: An Opportunity to Create a Sustainable Agricultural System

Change could be on the horizon for agriculture and food in the United States. The controversial 2012 Farm Bill, which failed to pass in November, is back on the table and due for a rewrite. (For a recap of the original “Secret Farm Bill” and how it failed, read this).

The new Farm Bill could be a tremendous opportunity to finally introduce both incremental and systems-level innovation in the way we eat and grow our food.

It’s important to note that the Farm Bill affects more than just farmers—it impacts everyone who, well, eats.

Saúde Criança: A Program for Health and Social Inclusion

Editor's note: This post was written by Vanuza Ramos, a Brazilian journalist and collaborator with Ashoka Changemakers.

In 1991, Dr. Vera Cordeiro realized that the real cause of most pediatric visits to a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro wasn’t illness or accident: it was the children’s living conditions.

“When the patient is discharged, they normally return to their homes, to a social context of vulnerability where they lack conditions to continue treatment,” Cordeiro said. “This makes the condition worsen and the patient must return to the hospital, which is yet another problem for a family already weakened by adverse economic and social realities.”  

With other professionals from the Lagoa Hospital technical staff, Dr. Cordeiro set out to break the cycle of hospitalization, discharge, and readmission by transforming the lives of the children and their families. They founded the Saúde Criança Association (ASC) to promote the physical, mental, and social health of children who were patients that were recently released to their families living below the poverty line. 

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Brindar Más Salud a más personas - y hacer que parezca sencillo

[Nota del Editor:  Este artículo fue escrito por Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, escritora para Ashoka Changemakers, y originalmente publicado en Huffington Post.]

Para Vera Cordeiro, el buen estado de salud está al alcance de todos, hasta de las personas con menos posibilidades. Sin embargo, esto requiere de un replanteo radical de lo que significa el cuidado de la salud. 

La salud no es simplemente la ausencia de enfermedad. Si un paciente es dado de alta de un hospital en una situación que incluye, estrés, nutrición deficiente, vivienda y saneamiento inadecuados, es probable que la persona se enferme una y otra vez, representado un esfuerzo enorme para los magros recursos de la familia, aumentando el estado de pobreza y el sufrimiento. 
 
“He visto este círculo vicioso: hospitalización, alta y re-hospitalización, muchas veces”, expresó Cordeiro a cerca de sus años como pediatra. “Y sabía que teníamos que hacer algo”.

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Photo of the Day: Dec. 16, 2011

Two female "enviropreneurs" unload crate of saplings from a pickup truck in Nicaragua'ss La Flor Wildlife Refuge. These environmental stewards work with Paso Pacifico's Environmental Learning, Leadership, Adventure, and Stewardship Initiative (ELLAS), and are hoping to avert (and reverse) large-scale environmental destruction in the coastal and marine protected area.

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Gift Social Entrepreneurship This Holiday Season

The holidays is the perfect time to join Ashoka in supporting remarkable social entrepreneurs who are changing the world one idea at a time.

Support outstanding people and their ideas by giving a gift that gives back, entrepreneurial style. From our editors, some ideas:

* Give insight. In 2011 alone, several books by Ashoka Fellows and staff have been published. Here are just a couple:

¿Coca-Cola agrega vida? Sí

[Nota del editor: Este post fue escrito por Alison Hockenberry Craiglow, editora y colaboradora en Ashoka Changemakers®]

Entre los eslóganes publicitarios, “Coca-Cola agrega vida” (Coke adds life) es uno de los más potentes y memorables. Simon Berry quiere que también sea realidad.

Berry, el visionario destrás del proyecto ColaLife, utiliza los canales de distribución de Coca-Cola para entregar medicinas preventivas a los lugares más remotos del planeta y salvar vidas.

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Visionary Entrepreneur Sets Sight on Eliminating Preventable Blindness

Nearly 40 million people worldwide are needlessly blind and another 240 million have low vision. Virtually all of the world’s 285 million visually-impaired persons live in developing countries, suffering from uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts.

But Unite For Sight, a social enterprise headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, is empowering communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. The organization guarantees eye treatment—whether it’s medication, a $150 sight-restoring surgery or even a first pair of glasses—for patients living in poverty in Ghana, India, and Honduras, as well as the United States and Canada.

More than 1.3 million people worldwide have overcome barriers to eye care through Unite For Sight services, whether they can afford to pay or not—the bill is always covered by the nonprofit.

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A saúde começa na relação: Wellington Nogueira reflete sobre o trabalho na área de saúde

 

 
[Nota do editor: este post foi escrito por Wellington Nogueira, fundador do projeto Doutores da Alegria e Presidente da Ashoka Brasil, no contexto do Desafio "Inovações para a saúde: soluções que cruzam fronteiras"]
 
Como besteirologista dos Doutores da Alegria, fico feliz por compartilhar nosso olhar para essa área chamada saúde.
 
Ela já é complexa e no Brasil, mais ainda, por conta de sua vasta área territorial que acolhe grande diversidade de povos, culturas e práticas.

Coke adds life? Yes.

Editor's note: This post was written by Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, contributing editor at Ashoka Changemakers®.

As advertising slogans go, “Coke adds life” is among the most potent and memorable. Simon Berry wants to make it also true.

The visionary behind ColaLife, Berry uses Coca-Cola’s unparalleled distribution channels to deliver preventive medicines to the most remote places on the planet and save lives.

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Photo of the Day: Dec. 9, 2011

Riders for Health courier, Piero Sakala (center), delivers blood samples sourced from rural health centers to a medical lab in Zambia's Chadiza district. After testing, the results are transported back to clinics along the country's southeastern border, enabling medical staff to more effectively diagnose diseases (including HIV and tuberculosis) and treat patients.

Making More Health for More People — and Making it Look Easy

Editor's note: This post was written by Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, contributing editor at Ashoka Changemakers®, and originally featured on the Huffington Post.

If you ask Vera Cordeiro, good health is within reach for everyone, even the poorest of the poor. But this requires radical rethinking of what health care is.

Health is not merely the absence of illness. If a patient is released from a hospital into a situation that includes stress, poor nutrition, inadequate shelter and sanitation, he or she is likely to get sick again and again, putting pressure on the family's meager resources, deepening the poverty and increasing the suffering.

"I saw this vicious cycle: hospitalization, rehospitalization, many times," said Cordeiro of her early years as a pediatrician. "And I knew we needed to do something."

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12 de Diciembre, reserva esta fecha!

 

Finaliza el plazo para la inscripción temprana y charla #SocEntChat sobre el desafío Innovaciones para la Salud!

El 12 de diciembre de 2011 Ashoka Changemakers será el anfitrión de una charla #SocEntChat vía Twitter sobre el desafío Innovaciones para la Salud: Soluciones que Cruzan Fronteras.

Sigue a @ChangemakersES entre las 13hs - 15hs (México), 16hs - 18hs (Argentina- Chile), 14hs-16hs (Colombia-Ecuador-Lima) 15hs-17hs (Bolivia) 17hs -19hs (Montevideo) 14.30hs-16.30hs (Venezuela), para participar en una discusión en Twitter con innovadores, emprendedores sociales y entusiastas sobre soluciones para la atención sanitaria que tienen el potencial de ser aplicadas en otros países para mejorar la salud y la asistencia médica. Recuerda usar el hashtag #Socentchat para seguir la charla!

¿Tienes una opinión sobre qué modelos de atención sanitaria podrían funcionar en más de un país? ¿Estás interesado en qué tipo de desafíos sobre la asistencia médica comparten las comunidades alrededor del mundo? Esta es tu oportunidad de hacer oír tu voz o de preguntar a los expertos en el campo sobre las cuestiones más candentes.

¡El 12 de diciembre también es el finaliza el plazo para la postulación temprana en el desafío Innovaciones para la Salud! Inscríbete hasta las 5 p.m., hora del Este de los EE.UU., del 12 de diciembre de 2011 y podrás ganar uno de los dos premios en efectivo de $ 500 dólares, más la oportunidad única de participar en una sesión privada de consultoría con expertos del sector. Cuanto antes te presentes, tendrás más visibilidad de nuestra comunidad de expertos, entusiastas, socios de los medios de comunicación e inversores. Enviar lo antes posible tu postulación te permite interactuar con otros innovadores, responder preguntas y mejorar tus probabilidades estar entre los finalistas.

¡Visita la página web www.changemakers.com/es/innovacionparasalud para presentar o nominar una innovación en salud hoy!

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