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New Report by Ashoka and C&A Foundation: Social Entrepreneurs' Perspectives That Are Transforming the Apparel Industry

Interested in creating a fair and sustainable apparel industry and innovating like a social entrepreneur? This new report includes insights from more than 30 Ashoka Fellows and experts on effective strategies for catalyzing true systems change. We invite you to read this Fabric of Change report, and re-envision the possibilities through the eyes of social entrepreneurs. 

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7 Co-Creation Finalists Invited to Pitch in Ingelheim

After months of connecting, co-creating and most recently short listing and deliberating, we are delighted to welcome 7 fantastic Co-Creation teams to participate in our final leg of this pioneering global challenge. Phase 3 will see these Co-Creation teams participate in a 6-week Co-Creation Accelerator, where social entrepreneurs and Boehringer Ingelheim employees will work together to produce a Co-Creation business model canvas and prepare a pitch.

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Invitation to Co-Create: Announcing our Semi-Finalists!

Our global  team of expert reviewers have whittled 157 outstanding entries down to the 45 Semi-Finalists which we think show the most promise of a Co-Creation with Boehringer Ingelheim.  See below for those entries we have invited to develop their Co-Creation ideas in Phase 2 of Making More Health: Co-Creating a Healthier World.

 

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IKAMVA YOUTH

Joy Olivier

Creates a new link among youth, between successful graduates and their peers from disadvantaged backgrounds in need of support in their final year of high school; to significantly improve graduation rates, access tertiary education opportunities, and their chance to secure meaningful anddignified employment

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MAHARISHI INSTITUTE

Taddy Blecher

Enables poor students to acquire a free, high-quality, professional education while also being employed by the university to gain practical experience and earn an income through an innovative learn-and-earn model

70,000 lives assisted
14,250 graduates placed in jobs (98% placement) including 4,500 entrepreneurs
R17.2 billion future earnings in hands of disadvantaged families

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RLABS

Marlon Parker

Uses information technology to reach out to vulnerable youth and help them design practical technology-based solutions that address social challenges in their communities to improve their employability, create opportunities for self-employment, and to allow them to regain a sense of belonging and hope for a better future.

23,402 Employed and economically empowered

592 Supported with college and university scholarships

42,315 Jobs created and filled

http://www.rlabs.org/impact/

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YOUNG AFRICA

Dorien Beurskens
Provides vocational education and training to young people in Southern Africa by establishing training centers that are both learning spaces forstudents and business hubs for entrepreneurs in the community.

26,000 youth trained in vocational skills
1000 beneficiaries per year per country.
83% of graduates are economically active of which 32% are self employed

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Webinar: How are Young Africans Seizing New Opportunities in Agriculture?

Agriculture is the age-old occupation in Africa and in many countries well above half of the Gross Domestic Product still comes from agriculture. Unfortunately, young people are not taking part in a way that will best provide current and future employment leading to financial sustainability. The good news is that innovators are helping to shift mindsets around farming and are rebranding agriculture as a “hot” career prospect where young people can seize opportunities as agribusiness leaders powered by 21st century technologies.

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Providing Much-Needed Jobs For India's Marginalized Groups: Sharad Tandale Tells His Story

Sharad Tandale comes from an Indian community called the Vanjari, a 100-million strong ethnic group that is marginalized in society. Generally involved in subsistence farming, less than one percent of Vanjari people start businesses. But Tandale is an exception: a savvy, urban entrepreneur who epitomizes modern India’s transformation into an entrepreneurial business powerhouse. 

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Final Deadline on Nov 18th! Plus, Youth Blogger Prize Deadline Extended!

Fabric of Change closes on Wednesday, November 18th, at 17:00 EST. Don't delay! Enter your innovations for building a sustainable apparel industry, and you might win a €50,000 Grand Prize. Two additional winners will each receive €20,000. All Finalists will receive a travel stipend to attend the Fabric of Change Summit (2016, location TBA), where they can share their ideas and network with leaders and experts.

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Infographic: What’s the next big opportunity for the world’s youngest continent?

Agriculture is the age-old occupation in Africa and in many countries well above half of the Gross Domestic Product still comes from agriculture. Unfortunately, young people are not taking part in a way that will best provide current and future employment leading to financial sustainability. The good news is that innovators are helping to shift mindsets around farming and are rebranding agriculture as a “hot” career prospect where young people can seize opportunities as agribusiness leaders powered by 21st century technologies.

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In the Future, All Business Will Be Part Of Healthcare

This blog was written by Kristie Wang and originally published on Ashoka's Forbes.com page.

 

It’s no secret that we need better models for health care. America’s healthcare system is under intense scrutiny, with many discussions focusing on how we can apply pressure on hospitals and consumers in order to reduce the cost of care and prevent the spread of chronic disease.

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#FabricOfChange Twitter Chat: Empowering Consumers to Transform the Future of Fashion

Join Ashoka @changemakers and the #FabricOfChange network on 4 November, 12pm-1pm EST for a thought provoking discussion on Twitter about how consumers can make fashion a force for good. Share your perspective and ask our expert panelists your questions!

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Fabric of Change Presents Insights at Ethos and ELAC Conferences

Last month, Ashoka and C&A Foundation were present at Ethos, Brazil’s leading sustainable business conference, and at the Leader Agents for Change Meeting (ELAC), held in Mexico City and organized by Ashoka Mexico. At both conferences, the Fabric of Change' Social Innovation Mapping Report was presented to attendees.

We'll be releasing the report later this month. In the meanwhile, check out a preview of the report's featured experts and Design Principles and Barriers below!

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Bridging The Gender Tech Gap: A New Generation Of Empowered African Girls

Gender Equality is so much more than a women's issue. It’s a sustainable development issue. Women’s empowerment not only has positive effects for local economies, but it is a predictor of better health outcomes and all but guarantees a fairer and more stable society.

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Advice to a younger me (French): Fatoumata Beye, Systeme d’Information pour Etablissements de Sante

2.42 L'historique est assez particulier. Le projet est né du SIH (système d'information pour hôpital) et le site pilote était l'hôpital régional de Thies. C'est Mamadou Beye qui était le concepteur du projet. Il travaillait auprès d'un groupe d'informatique et après dissolution du groupe le projet a disparu. Mais le directeur de l'hôpital du site pilote avait vu l'impact qu'avait le logiciel auprès de la structure et a tout fait pour retrouver Beye pour faire renaitre le projet.

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Advice to a younger me (Spanish): Jacobo Mitrani, Ganavena

A Jacobo Mitrani nunca le gustó el trabajo de oficina. Estar encerrado lo agobiaba y lo desmotivaba. Por ello, decidió ser emprendedor social y fundar Ganavena: una empresa 100% mexicana que emplea en su proceso de fabricación tecnología desarrollada en México para brindar a los productores ganaderos una solución eficiente a la alimentación animal, con alta calidad nutricional y a un bajo costo.

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Advice to a younger me (Spanish): Mario Humberto Nájera, Laboratorio Social MX

"La mejor parte de mi día es llegar a la oficina, sentarme y dejar de pensar en mí”, dice Mario Humberto Nájera, el Fundador de Laboratorio Social MX. “Hay muchos que van a la iglesia o meditan para encontrar esta relajación, a mí me lo da mi trabajo.”
 
 

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ADVICE TO A YOUNGER ME (FRENCH): JEAN FALL, CINEWAX

"Je suis parti u constat qu'il y'avait plus de salle de cinéma au Sénégal...Ca fait des dizaines d'années qu'il y'en a plus. En même temps y'a un fort taux de chômage au Sénégal surtout chez les jeunes, 60% des chômeurs au Sénégal sont des jeunes. En même temps y'a pas beaucoup de travail, c'est un peu difficile de joindre les deux bouts,  et l'accès à la culture est difficile." -- Jean Fall, CINEWAX

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How Two Women Entrepreneurs Are Making Rural Retail A Force For Change In India

Life-improving products like water filters and solar chargers for mobile phones are being stocked alongside soft drinks and soaps in hundreds of rural villages in southern India. These goods and gadgets are flying off shelves and making their way into village homes.

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Making It Normal for Employers to Help Employees Access Public Benefits

Each year, more than $100 billion in public benefits goes unclaimed by Americans. It’s not that needy individuals are turning down free money; it’s that these citizens don’t know it’s theirs for the taking.

The U.S. government and nonprofits have long worked to connect low-income individuals and families with their benefits. But what if, instead, it became normal for employers to help low-income employees access the benefits they’re already entitled to? What if employers took the initiative to help team members improve their lives with food stamp and Medicaid benefits?

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Leading Health Care Company Challenges World to Co-Create

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Pharmaceuticals in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers, today announced a global challenge inviting social innovators to co-create with the business sector.  The challenge, conveniently named Co-Creating a Healthier World, calls on social innovators in the health and wellness field to uncover the next generation of sustainable health solutions by combining their innovative ideas with the business acumen of Boehringer Ingelheim’s global employee workforce.

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Play2Learn Participants Collaborate to Engage Students in STEM through Gaming

Grant Hosford and Jan von Meppen, two participants in the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka Re-imagine Learning Challenge, met in Pasadena, California this month to collaborate on tools that improve learning through gaming. The meeting exemplifies a rapidly growing focus on engaging students through entertaining and immersive learning.

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On Voice of America's Upfront Africa: Discussing Africa's Youth Embrace Entrepreneurship

The current pace of job creation in Africa is not able to meet the demands of the largest segment of it’s population that is the fastest growing; youth. However, this can be resolved in the long-run if there is an environment that nurtures young people to not be job seekers but job creators.

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