The Children's Wellbeing challenge has selected 122 Pioneers, innovators with promising projects and the potential to lead a new movement for children's wellbeing--one that will help build a world in which children are able to cope, hope, and thrive. The challenge received an astounding 284 entries from across the United States.
With so many impactful and innovative projects that are truly transforming the way in which kids grow up, it was a difficult process to select a group of entries to move onto the next phase as Pioneers. The Pioneers were selected by a team of reviewers including community peers, partner organizations, and Ashoka, according to the challenge's assessment criteria.
Los últimos años en América Latina han evidenciado los retos constantes que persisten para construir y consolidar Estados democráticos sociales y de derecho en nuestra región.
“Los medios de comunicación son importante para ofrecer a los niños y niñas la posibilidad de expresarse.La esencia de estas disposiciones es que los niños y niñas no solo deben consumir material de información,sino también participar, ellos mismos, en los medios de comunicación” Comité de Derechos del Niño de las Naciones Unidas, 1996.
El desafío Derechos Humanos en Latinoamérica: impulsando la transformación cerró su convocatoria el pasado miércoles 29 de junio con casi 350 proyectos. Sí buscamos generar un cambio en el mundo, ésta es una muestra de que es posible, basta asomarse a esta plataforma y revisar las propuestas creativas, innovadoras y disruptivas que este desafío en línea convocó durante ocho semanas.
texto por Edgar Cortez - Pesquisador do Instituto Mexicano de Direitos Humanos e Democracia - 06 de junho de 2016
Quando falamos da América Latina, é possível que pensemos que a realidade dos países que a integram é parecida e que os países compartilhem muitos aspectos em comum. Foi essa ideia que, em algum momento, levou Simón Bolívar a surgir com o projeto Pátria Grande. Porém, ao nos vermos, o que encontramos é um continente que vive numerosos contrastes, que explora diversos caminhos e apresenta diferentes desafios.
The theme for this year’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit was responsible innovation. However, what I actually came across during my time in Copenhagen (at the world’s largest summit for sustainable fashion) were responsible innovators--entrepreneurial individuals with an action plan for making sustainability the new normal. These responsible innovators and their startups got me really excited about the future of fashion. However, how can we grow a collaborative environment around sustainable fashion that allows influential corporates and responsible innovators to work together?
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Children’s wellbeing depends deeply on the adults around them. So how can adults be supported to support kids?
What do parents, caregivers, and educators need to help children develop the building blocks of wellbeing -- a strong sense of self, purpose, and belonging? How can adults increase their own resilience and empathy skills? How can institutions co-create with families to better support adults’ and kids’ wellbeing?
We’ll discuss these questions and more during a live @Changemakers TwitterChat. Share your perspective, ask your questions, and meet a cross-sector network of children’s wellbeing leaders.
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A social enterprise that has developed the world’s first accurate tropical weather forecasting model. Based in West Africa, forecasts are sent to small-scale farmers via SMS.
Liisa Petrykowska, 31
Region of impact: West Africa
This Colombian enterprise recycles plastic and transforms it into construction materials that are used to provide high-quality, safe, low-cost housing.
Uncommon Cacao works directly with cacao farmers to deliver premium quality and transparently sourced cacao to the specialty chocolate market.
When used in cooking, Dr. Gavin Armstrong's Lucky Iron Fish has been shown to substantially reduce instances of iron deficiency, which affects billions worldwide.
KPC helps women cassava farmers improve their livelihoods by making processing easier and the sale of finished products more profitable.
“Work” has traditionally meant getting a job at a company, perhaps after achieving a degree or certificate in a particular field. But the changing--and often challenging--employment landscape in Africa means that today’s young talent will need to think outside of the box when it comes to building prosperous livelihoods. What opportunities are presented by the rise of new information technologies, social media, and changing cultural mindsets in Africa? How can changing our preconceived notions of “work” unlock fresh opportunities for entrepreneurship for young Africans?
Dr. Taddy Blecher had a crazy idea.
At the time, back in 1995, he was an up-and-coming South African actuary making a comfortable salary—and packing up to move to the United States. Then everything changed.
“I was 27 years old and had whatever I wanted financially. But I really started to feel unhappy about the thought of leaving my country, given that so much damage had been caused in South Africa, so many divisions between people,” he said. “I just gave up everything. I just jumped off a cliff.”
A non-profit tech start-up that has developed a software that can be used by global researchers, NGOs and governments to accurately link people to their digital records.
May 2016: Dr. Sara Saeed, 29, co-founder of doctHERs, wins the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize, awarded by Unilever and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Three extraordinary initiatives received Fabric of Change awards yesterday at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, hosted by fashion icon Amber Valetta and fashion writer Derek Blasburg. The Summit convened key players seeking to solve the industry’s sustainability challenges.
Grants totalling €100,000 were awarded by C&A Foundation, which, in partnership with Ashoka, launched the Fabric of Change challenge last year to spotlight and support fresh approaches to transforming the fashion industry. The winners are:
Millions of tons of clothing end up in landfills every year. But only about five percent of discarded clothing is unusable, making fabric scrap heaps both amazing and affordable resources for companies with reuse on the brain. Retalhar, founded by Jonas Lessa, 25, is one of these companies.
Ethical Apparel Africa is a social enterprise that’s taking the best of lean manufacturing principles and efficiencies and applying them not just to cut costs but to creating sustainability and ethical employment.
Chris White is the Managing Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations. He is also the author of Changing Your Company From the Inside Out. Chris joined the Social Intrapreneurship for Health and Wellness online course (organized by Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim) as a guest speaker, speaking on the theme of “Intrapreneurial Challenges and Opportunities,” in a session moderated by Brian Kurtz.
Highlights from the live Q&A session with Shannon Lucas, Director of Innovation at Vodafone Global Enterprise
Para promover uma nova visão dos Direitos Humanos na América Latina, a Ashoka e a Ford Foundation lançam o desafio Direitos Humanos na América Latina: Impulsionando a Transformação, que busca inovações sociais de alto impacto para conectar e mobilizar uma comunidade de agentes de transformação pela mudança da visão sobre os Direitos Humanos em nossa região! Os projetos vencedores receberão 20 mil dólares para o primeiro lugar e 10 mil dólares para outros dois projetos.
Highlights from the live Q&A session with Alain Nteff, co-founder of Gifted Mom
Alain Nteff co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, Gifted Mom, when he was just 20 years old. Gifted Mom’s mission is to prevent infant and maternal deaths by delivering critical health information to pregnant women and new mothers via mobile technology. The service uses SMS and voices messaging to deliver stage-based and customized notifications for pregnant women and new mothers, with information on topics like when to go for their next antenatal care session or baby vaccination. The platform currently impacts 6,000 users in Cameroon, Mali, and Nigeria.
Alain has been named one of Forbes’ 30 most promising African entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and was awarded the first Queen’s Young Leader Award by Queen Elizabeth II. He was also a winner of Ashoka’s Future Forward Challenge.
Join the live Webcast at bit.ly/1SnLePQ on Thursday 5th May - 4:30pm East Africa / 1:30pmGMT/ 9:30amEDT
As young people in Africa prepare to become job seekers and entrepreneurs, how can the employment ecosystem ensure that opportunities are accessible to all?
Future Forward's panel of Ashoka Fellows and Meredith Lee, Deputy Director of Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation, will discuss solutions to the challenges young people face across the lines of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and ability.
After seven months reviewing 927 entries from 99 countries on six continents, our panel of experts from Unilever, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Ashoka have selected the top seven sustainability solutions. Each will win €10,000, a place on a bespoke accelerator programme in Cambridge, and the chance to pitch to a panel of judges at Unilever HQ in London next month.
Updates from Ingelheim: Crowning 7 'Co-Creation Pioneers for 2016'
Earlier this month, seven co-creation teams from around the world—each made up of one social entrepreneur and one Boehringer Ingelheim employee—traveled to Ingelheim, Germany, to pitch their health innovations live to a panel of judges. The three-day Co-Creation Summit was the first of its kind for Boehringer Ingelheim, with participants coming together to work on their business models, scalability and sustainability plans, and to fine-tune the win-win-win nature of these pioneering collaborations.
Join Ashoka @changemakers and the #FabricOfChange network on April 20th at 12 p.m. EDT for a thought-provoking discussion on Twitter about recycling and upcycling solutions that are keeping clothing out of landfills and reducing fashion's big footprint on our planet. Share your perspectives and ask our expert panelists your questions!
Editor's Note: This post was written by Fabric of Change's winning Youth Blogger, Marianne Caroline.
As environmental and social concerns rise in the fashion industry, and elsewhere, there might be a few things you wish you knew about your clothes.
Editor's Note: Fabric of Change's winning Youth Blogger, Marianne Caroline, wrote this piece about fashion and its ecological impacts during the December 2015 climate talks in Paris.
Noora Health trains patients and their families with high-impact health skills to improve outcomes and save lives. Noora Health and Boehringer Ingelheim are working together to combine their knowledge about a particular chronic disease to increase education on how to care for patients suffering from this incurable disease.
MicroClinic Technologies have developed a software that is transforming patient’s access to diagnostics and medicines in rural communities. Boehringer Ingelheim employees are co-creating a plan with the MicroClinic team to improve availability, accessibility, quality and affordability of medicines by scaling this technology.
Garbage Clinical Insurance is providing a way for Indonesians from low income families to trade their garbage for health care services. Boehringer Ingelheim employees are co-creating a business model that has the potential to scale this service across cities in Indonesia and beyond.
Fight the Stroke work to improve the detection and rehabilitation of infant stroke survivors. Based in Italy, Fight the Stroke was founded by the parents of a young stroke survivor, who discovered that mirror neuron rehabilitation could help their son regain his mobility. In the build up towards the Making More Health Summit, Fight the Stroke are teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim employees to work out how to reach patients globally
Eau et Vie is building a social business network that is changing the health conditions in rural areas. Founded in the Philippines in 2008, Eau et Vie's projects are embedded in the communities that they serve. Together with Boehringer Ingelheim, they plan to scale-up their microfinance solutions to improve access to pharmaceutical services.
Twenty-five percent of homeless people keep pets to fulfill the basic human need for companionship—and many put the needs of their pet(s) above their own health. Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO) leverages the connections between homeless people and their pets to provide access to healthcare for both. Founded in Canada in 2003, CVO is exploring the potential to expand this model across the United States with the help of Boehringer Ingelheim.
Parabéns aos 10 finalistas do desafio Tecendo a Mudança! A equipe de seleção da Ashoka escolheu esses candidatos entre mais de 300 inscritos de 55 países e com base nos critérios do desafio de inovação, impacto e sustentabilidade. Acreditamos que as soluções em todas as etapas da cadeia de valor da moda são necessárias para promover uma verdadeira transformação do setor.
Samuel Agutu developed the Changamka MicroHealth model in 2008 after his pregnant sister passed away without health insurance for the prenatal care she desperately needed. Changamka delivers an affordable holistic health insurance package to Kenyans from low-income families so that they can afford treatments for critical illnesses.
Join us in congratulating the 10 Finalists of Fabric of Change! Ashoka’s shortlisting team selected these top entrants from more than 300 entries from 55 countries and based on the challenge’s criteria of innovation, impact, and sustainability. We believe that solutions at every step of the fashion value chain are needed to drive a true transformation of the industry.