Changemakers Community

Changemakers Community
A Vibrant Community

This Changemakers community convenes and connects high-potential changemakers, and their ideas and resources, through the power of collaborative competitions and partner networks. Connect here with other social innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, connectors, thought leaders, communicators, citizen sector organizations, and citizens to accelerate lasting social change.




Blue Wing changemakers, like Asher Hasan, offer innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious, visionary, and inspiring. They’ve done more than tackle major issues: they’ve proven that with persistence comes positive, lasting change.


From a young age, he was responsible for the well-being of his family, but Kennedy Odede never felt control of anything, especially his own health. He was growing up in Kibera, Nairobi, immersed in the devastating and ever-changing realities of Africa’s largest urban slum.


“We are building a system for management of garbage in communities,” said Gamal Albinsaid, age 24, founder of the social enterprise Garbage Clinical Insurance (CGI).

Tools for Changemakers

Story Telling GuideChangemaker’s eight-step guide to storytelling: how to engage heads, hearts, and hands to drive change. Everyone has a story. This guide will help you tell yours.
Pitch GuideStrengthen the pitch you make for your project: a guide for wooing funders. Learn how to put your best foot forward.
Innovation MappingThis hands-on crash course on changemaking is a 50-minute video-led journey to help you find ways to think more innovatively about your approach to social change. It helps you discover entrepreneurial, new ideas for crafting a stronger project for social change.



Wings for Changemakers: Help Changemakers Take Flight!

Give wings to leading social entrepreneurs: one click, one vote, big impact at for every vote, All Nippon Airways will contribute $0.50 to an Ashoka Fellow. You can cast a new vote weekly. You can also contribute one percent of the price of any ticket you buy on ANA. In addition, ANA will provide air transportation to the five Ashoka Fellows.

Grand Challenge #13: Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health is requesting innovative solutions to build effective feedback and accountability systems in agricultural development programs. Phase I grants will be for $100,000 USD for a grant period of 18 months. Phase I projects that show promise will be eligible to apply for follow-on funding, called "Phase II." We are looking for tools or approaches that enable farmer voices to be consistently heard in all project phases. Your submission may address one or more of the following categories: systems that enhance existing organizational feedback practices; systems that evaluate existing feedback practices used by your or other organizations; and new practices/systems to be used throughout all project phases to increase constituent feedback and/or enable communities to hold programs or stakeholders accountable. Grand Challenges Explorations Round 13 applications will be accepted until May 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Apply Now for The Tech Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity

Applications now open for The Tech Awards 2014, honoring 10 international techmanitarians who are unleashing the potential of technological innovation for a better world. Awards are given by The Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley five categories: Environment, Education, Young Innovator (under age 27), Health, and Economic Development.The Tech Awards laureates are invited to Silicon Valley, where they are given access to resources and mentoring to aid in scaling their organizations’ impact and visibility. The visit culminates in The Tech Awards Gala, where the laureates are awarded unrestricted cash prizes of $75,000 and $25,000. Apply now before the deadline: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. 

40 Chances Fellows Application

The 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows with the most innovative social enterprise plans that use strategies built on the principles of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. Each of four fellows will receive $80,000 in start-up funds and $70,000 for living and transportation expenses (a total of $150,000) for one year. These social enterprises must seek to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty and may be established in any one of the following four countries where the Africa Governance Initiative has a strong presence: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi. Each strategy must involve local leadership and management into the operations of the social enterprise by integrating local place-based ownership and relying on locally driven design, development, and deployment in its programs or services. In addition, these enterprises should fill gaps in existing value chains, or otherwise combine a variety of complementary and existing efforts into a comprehensive and integrated approach to solve the intended challenge. The application is due by May 31, 2014. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 39.