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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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La propuesta colectiva para defender los derechos humanos

Veintitres familias constituyen COOVIFUDAM - Cooperativa de vivienda autogestionaria que reivindica el derecho humano a un hábitat adecuado en La Carpio, a orillas de San José, en Costa Rica. Estas familias, que en su mayoría son lideradas por mujeres es una cooperativa binacional porque se constituye de familias nicaragüenses y costarricenses que trabajan en conjunto por una vivienda más segura, administrada de manera democrática, ejerciendo el derecho humano a una vivienda digna.

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Empoderando Refugiadas: una apuesta de vinculación transformadora

Cualquiera de nosotros puede ser en algún momento, refugiado. Hay quien quien cruza  fronteras, límites territoriales, pero hay otros que atraviesan océanos buscando la paz que no hay en sus países. Incorporarse a la nueva vida siempre trae consigo el reto del idioma, la comprensión de la cultura y la posibilidad de empleo. Todos queremos construir una vida nueva.

 

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Ashoka, RWJF announce Champions of Children’s Wellbeing

Over the last six months, Ashoka, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and hundreds of social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and researchers in the United States have rallied around a vision for children’s wellbeing: a culture where each child can cultivate a sense of self, purpose, and belonging. We have seen this mandate play out through our network of Pioneers across the country, a selective group of 122 social innovators who are transforming approaches to education, health, parenting, foster care, and more. 

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Jessica Santana Tells CNN Why She Left A Six-Figure Job to Become a Social Innovator

Kudos to Jessica Santana, not only is she an alum of the most recent Emerging Innovators Bootcamp in New York City, and the co-founder of New York On Tech, a nonprofit organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City who work with students who don't typically have access to technology and tech classes.

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Twitter Chat: Defining and Narrating Your Impact (Sept. 22)

On Sept. 22, Ashoka Changemakers held the first Twitter chat connected to the 2016 American Express Emerging Innovotors Bootcamps. Following closely on the heels of the Toronto and New York City bootcamps, the chat was energized by ideas and questions from the most recent cohort of innovators. The discussion covered challenges related to scaling your social purpose enterprise to maintaining authenticity and how to learn from your mistakes.

Featured Panelists

We were delighted to have a few influential participants join us as panelists:

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100 Social Entrepreneurs Selected for Ashoka’s Fifth Annual Emerging Innovators Bootcamps

Social entrepreneurs face the combined challenge of demonstrating they can move the needle on pressing social issues while also building a sustainable business.

For many, that means figuring out how to grow a business that delivers real value to stakeholders while staying true to a social purpose vision and ethos, and an entrepreneurial spirit – without burning out in the process.

This fall, 100 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from 13 countries will grapple with these challenges and more, as they take part in the fifth annual Emerging Innovators Bootcamps. 

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Children's Wellbeing Pioneers Announced!

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.

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Amplifying Voices in Children’s Wellbeing: Join a #ChildrensWellbeing Twitter Chat Wednesday, August 3 at 1pmEDT

“What do children need? They need to know, ‘I am lovable, I am safe, I can trust other people to meet my needs.’”

— Amelia Franck Meyer, Ashoka Fellow, founder of Anu Family Services

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[email protected] y participación en medios, un asunto de derechos

“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.[1]

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La apuesta transformadora de la colaboración

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.

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América Latina e Direitos Humanos - Por Edgar Cortez

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.

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Responsible Innovators in Copenhagen: An Urgent Call for Sustainable Fashion

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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How Young People in Africa Can Succeed and Drive a New Future of “Work” - Insights from the #AfricaYouthFwd TwitterChat

If you’ve ever been in sub-Saharan Africa, you’ve probably seen a chicken crossing a road. The funny thing is, that chicken might be key to solving one of the world’s most pressing problems: poverty.

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Join @Changemakers for a live #ChildrensWellbeing Twitterchat Tuesday, June 21st - 5pmPDT / 8pmEDT

Are you championing #ChildrensWellbeing? Join @Changemakers for a live Twitterchat and share your ideas with the network!

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.

Day/Time: Tuesday, June 21st -- 8pmEDT to 9pmEDT

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Tropical weather forecasts via SMS for small-scale farmers in West Africa

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

Initiative: Ignitia

Region of impact: West Africa

 

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