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Put Your Money Where Your Water Is: The Global Call for Water Stewardship

Water requires more than pipes and faucets to run, it takes stewardship­­­—an agreement between users and suppliers that water and its quality and flow will be cared for by all who use it.

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Waste Collection: A New Frontier For The Fashion Industry?

By Alden Wicker

Many consumers are unaware that a large chunk of their wardrobe is essentially plastic. More than 60% of the global fiber market is polyester, a carbon-intensive petroleum product which has been refined to the point of doing almost anything we ask of it. It can look like silk, cotton, or soft faux fur, or can be combined with natural materials to improve their performance and lower cost.

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A Sweet Bridge For African Farmers to Access Demand From Global Markets

At a time when the global food industry is listening to consumer demand by declaring its intention to switch to natural ingredients [Nestle, Unilever, General Mills], when small-holder farmers (SHFs) are subject to volatile global market dynamics and climate change, and when a burgeoning young African population is facing unemployment, NEI is seizing an opportunity to create shared value, sustainably, by deepening its engagement within the communities in which it operates. Read how winning the CSV Prize in 2016 has impacted Juan's business/

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Inovador social – o que você faria com 400.000 francos suíços?

Este ano a Nestlé tem uma parceria com a Ashoka, a principal rede global de empreendedores sociais transformadores. Juntos, estamos à procura de indivíduos e empreendimentos que estejam ampliando ou gerando novos modelos de negócios nas áreas de nutrição, água ou desenvolvimento rural.

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Innovateur social – que feriez-vous avec 400,000 francs Suisse?

Cette année, Nestlé s’est associé avec Ashoka, réseau mondial d’entrepreneurs sociaux visant à accélérer le changement sociétal. Ensemble, nous cherchons des individus et entreprises qui démarrent ou développent de nouveaux business model dans les domaines de la nutrition, de l’eau ou du développement rural.

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Winners of Scaling Impact Fund Announced

Back in May this year, we wrote to you directly from Bangalore, India where we not only convened some of our Ashoka Fellows and strategic partners for a ‘Globalizer’ Summit, but we also launched the first of its kind ‘Scaling Impact Fund’ - a €250,000 award dedicated to providing investment to Fellows working to scale their impact for transformative change in the apparel industry

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Accelerating Impact in the Apparel Industry - Ashoka Convene Leaders in Bangalore, India

Between 26-28 May 2017, Ashoka, C&A Foundation and partner A.T. Kearney will convene hand-picked social entrepreneurs with industry leaders to co-create and accelerate systems-wide impact across the apparel industry.

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Ashoka Fellow Lis Suarez on Women's Empowerment and the Future of Fashion

The hands that make our clothes overwhelmingly belong to women. More and more companies and social entrepreneurs understand that lifting up and empowering these women is necessary to building a more equitable industry.

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Ashoka Fellow María Almazán Calls For A Conscious Revolution In The Fashion Industry.

The fashion industry is responsible for serious environmental and social problems at a global scale, being the second most contaminating sector in the world, following the oil industry.

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Social Entrepreneurs Catalyze Co-Creation Amongst The Apparel Industry

Collaboration in fashion goes well beyond Kate Moss teaming up with Topshop. Forward-thinking brands co-create by working together with competitors and social entrepreneurs to design radical new projects and processes that lead to win-win-win situations.

 

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Nominate The Next Fabric Of Change Ashoka Fellow!

Dear Fabric of Change Community,

Since we launched Fabric of Change in 2015, you have played an important role in the evolution of this initiative as a platform for social entrepreneurs who want to transform the apparel industry. As Ashoka enters the third year of our partnership with C&A Foundation, we again look to you to help fill our pipeline of candidates for Ashoka Fellows in the Fabric of Change cohort.

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Incentivizing Sustainable Fashion: Lessons From Social Entrepreneurs

An estimated 75 million people are now employed by the apparel industry. It’s a number that has almost quadrupled in the last 15 years. With this exponential growth, the not-so-hidden costs of fashion too have increased. 

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Introducing The First 5 Fabric of Change Ashoka Fellows

February 7th 2017 Washington DC:  Ashoka and C&A Foundation have identified the first cohort of five social entrepreneurs for the Fabric of Change Fellowship to nurture solutions to fashion industry challenges.  Launched in 2015, the joint initiative Fabric of Change supports innovators at various stages of their development, unlocking the unique power and potential of social entrepreneurs and their solutions to advance a shared vision: transforming the apparel industry as a force for good.

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Saif Rashid Weaves Together Benefits for Bangladesh Garment Workers

Saif Rashid believes that, given the right market opportunities, millions of Bangladeshis can lift themselves up financially. With an innovative new model called APON, he is empowering the workers of Bangladesh’s ready-made garment manufacturing industry to increase their disposable income and build better, healthier lives

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Sri Lanka’s Garment Workers ‘Stand Up’ for Rights

A garment worker in Sri Lanka earns an average of 55 cents per hour, according to the World Bank, but Sri Lanka projects an apparel export target of US$10B in 2016.

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From Fiction to Fashion, Social Entrepreneur Nicole Rycroft Helps Business See Forests for the Trees

An Ashoka Fellow since 2003, Nicole Rycroft is a tireless warrior for the world’s forest ecosystems. The native Australian, now based in Vancouver, Canada, leads the environmental NGO Canopy, which works with business partners in the publishing and fashion industries to transform their value chains in a way that protects ancient forests.

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Weaving the #FabricofChange: the moral crisis of fast fashion.

Each year, 80 billion pieces of clothing are purchased across the globe, which is 400% more than 10 years ago. Unsurprisingly these sales constitute a major financial market. The fashion brand Christian Dior is one of the biggest companies in the world - last year their sales totalled $41.6 billion, roughly  equivalent to the GDP of Tunisia.

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VIDEO: Inside the Ashoka Emerging Innovators Bootcamp in NYC

Highlights and voices from the 2016 Emerging Innovators Bootcamp in New York City, which brought together 20 passionate social entrepreneurs with experts in business, movement-building, storytelling and social change. Run by Ashoka Changemakers, the Bootcamp is designed to help social purpose leaders make their ventures more effective and sustainable while also supporting their own vision and well-being.

 

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Inovações em Direitos Humanos são oportunidade de transformação na América Latina

Para promover una nova visão dos Direitos Humanos na nossa região, a Ashoka lançou o desafios “Direitos Humanos na América Latina: impulsionando a transformação”, que bucou ativar uma rede ampla de agentes de transformação (changemakers), com propostas inovadoras que contribuam para criar novas abordagens para os direitos humanos - uma rede grande e ativa que permitirá reunir novas vozes, abordagens e formas de atuar. 

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Oportunidades para mirarse desde la dignidad

Obtener dinero no es igual a dejar de ser pobre. ¿Entonces? La pobreza no es una condición, es una injusticia mucho más compleja que un concepto financiero. Que las familias de escasos recursos económicos accedan a más dinero no quiere decir que se resuelvan otros aspectos de esa pobreza estructural. El acceso a las oportunidades es crucial para poder resolver aspectos de salud, educación, vivienda adecuada, soberanía alimentaria, empleo, desarrollo de la cultura.

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Amplifying Social Impact: Through Win-Win Partnership Between Social Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals

Economies across the globe are increasingly connected and fueled by collaboration. Both for-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs rely on partnerships, networks, and cross-sector collaborations to conduct their business and solve complex social problems. Investigating how business professionals and social entrepreneurs engage in pro bono partnerships can illuminate best practices and recommendations for making these relationships as impactful as possible.

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Las acciones colectivas y los saberes compartidos que transforman los Derechos Humanos

El proyecto Convivencia con la Realidad Semiárida Promoviendo el Acceso al Agua Solidaridad y Ciudadanía, es una iniciativa que promueve la autoestima y la autoconfianza de los agricultores y sus familiares, en la zona semiárida de Paraíba, en Brasil, a través de la capacitación ciudadana, por medio de la promoción del encuentro de saberes locales y de la materialización de los derechos fundamentales de la vida, dentro de los cuales está el acceso al agua como fuente de vida.

 

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Pensar, movilizarse y denunciar: Defender los Derechos Humanos desde la tecnología

El Banco Palmas es la organización donde empieza todo. Este banco forma parte de un ecosistema de lucha por los derechos humanos como el primer banco comunitario del país en una de las regiones más marginadas de Brasil. Banco Palmas surgió para traer, no sólo acceso al sistema financiero básico (abrir una cuenta de ahorro, ser sujeto de crédito, etc), sino también para crear un modelo de banco diferente para dinamizar la economía, el consumo y la producción local a través de diferentes herramientas económicas.

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Comunicación estratégica: eje fundamental para el cambio social

FICE (Fortalecimiento de los cimientos de la estrategia de comunicación para los derechos humanos), construye la base para comunicar de forma eficiente el mensaje de los defensores de Derechos Humanos. Ayuda a alzar las voces de los que no han sido escuchados incrementando el acceso a la justicia, a la participación política y a generar impacto.

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Comunicación estratégica: eje fundamental para el cambio social

FICE (Fortalecimiento de los cimientos de comunicación para los derechos humanos) estrategia construye la base para comunicar de forma eficiente el mensaje de los defensores de Derechos Humanos. Ayuda a alzar las voces de los que no han sido escuchados incrementando el acceso a la justicia, a la participación política y a generar impacto.

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Developing Nicaragua’s full potential with early childhood development

Fabretto’s Children Foundation is using play to improve early childhood development in underserved communities in Nicaragua. With a train-the-trainer approach, Fabretto is ensuring a new generation of empowered teachers for a better education.

 

What are the top challenges you are experiencing in your work with children’s learning? How, exactly, are you overcoming those challenges?

In our effort to improve early grade education standards in underserved Nicaraguan communities, we face the following three challenges:

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How Design Thinking can transform our education systems

Design for Change is transforming education by empowering children to be masters of their own knowledge. Through a simple four-step process, they are providing children with much needed 21st century skills.  

To learn more about the role of design thinking in education, read the interview of Kiran Sethi, founder of Design for Change.

 

What are the skills a child needs to master to become an active Changemaker?

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