A new generation of tech innovators is bursting onto the scene of social entrepreneurship. Inspired by the potential of technology to improve people’s lives, this new crop of changemakers (don’t call them millennials) is creating, repurposing, and adapting tech in new ways to solve critical challenges. Many of them draw a deep sense of purpose from their communities.
Indonesian Sign Language Dictionary & Learning Application Wins International Social Entrepreneur Challenge
Today, March 12th 2015, Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka announced the winner of the ‘Makers of More’ international challenge for social entrepreneurs. Indonesian based, Dreambender was selected as the overall winner from over 300 entries received from 45 countries across the world.
Twenty-two Finalists have been selected from a pool of 40 Semi-Finalists!
“We are thrilled by the ingenuity and diversity of the solutions that were entered into the competition,” said Rob Wilson, Director at Ashoka UK. “The shortlisting committee did not have an easy job. The Finalists represent those entries that best meet the challenge’s criteria of innovation, social impact, and sustainability.”
Les Canadiens d’un océan à l’autre se sont prononcés! Nos six finalistes ont été mis en vedette lors d’une émission spéciale présentée par CBC au cours de laquelle les Canadiens étaient invités à voter pour leur solution novatrice favorite.
Trottibus a reçu le plus grand nombre de votes et recevra jusqu’à un million de dollars du gouvernement du Canada pour mettre en œuvre sa solution gagnante!
Trottibus received the most votes and will receive up to $1 million from the Government of Canada to put their winning idea into action!
Ashoka Changemakers and Arthur Guinness Projects thank all who entered the Makers of More challenge for sharing their ideas for creating strong communities with more opportunities!
An astounding number of entries were received from around the world – more than 300– and we’re proud to announce that 40 Semi-Finalists have been selected. They will go on to the next round of judging and remain eligible to win a grand prize of €30,000. Two additional runners-up will win €10,000 each.
La Marche vers Tuk fait appel à l'esprit d'équipe et à la fierté de la communauté pour inciter les résidents des Territoires du Nord-Ouest à sortir et à être actifs malgré l'hiver
« Le maintien de la motivation constitue l'un des principaux obstacles à un mode de vie sain dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, notamment en hiver », explique Sheena Tremblay, coordinatrice des Communautés actives de la Northwest Territories (NWT) Recreation and Parks Association.
Walk to Tuk taps team spirit and community pride to get NWT residents outside and active - despite the winter weather
“Staying motivated is one of the biggest challenges to leading a healthy lifestyle that we see in the Northwest Territories especially during the winter months,” said Sheena Tremblay, Active Communities Coordinator of NWT Recreation and Parks Association.
GOODcoins mise sur la ludification pour rendre l'exercice quotidien amusant, social et gratifiant.
Il peut s'avérer difficile de rester actif, même si l'on sait que l'exercice est l'un des meilleurs moyens de prévenir le diabète et les maladies cardiaques. Désormais, une application innovante baptisée GOODcoins propose la carotte sans le bâton en récompensant ses utilisateurs pour leur comportement sain quotidien.
GOODcoins taps gamification to make daily exercise fun, social, and rewarding.
Staying active can be difficult, even if we know that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent diabetes and heart disease. But now an innovative app called GOODcoins is providing the carrot without the stick by rewarding people for everyday healthy behaviors.
L'École nationale de ballet du Canada veut que tous les Canadiens profitent des joies et des bienfaits de la danse. Depuis quatre ans, l'organisation teste avec succès Sharing Dance, une plateforme en ligne gratuite à l'intention des enseignants et des membres de la collectivité qui veulent enseigner la danse.
Igniting a Passion for Dance & Active Living
Canada’s National Ballet School wants to make the joy and health benefits of dance available to all Canadians. For the past four years, the organization has been successfully piloting Sharing Dance, a free online resource for teachers and community members who want to teach dance.
Ordonnance – devenir actif permet aux médecins de donner de véritables ordonnances d'exercice... et ça fonctionne
Des médecins de famille d’Edmonton et de Calgary travaillent de concert pour qu’un mode de vie actif, l'une des meilleures mesures de prévention des maladies, devienne une priorité pour tous. Le programme Ordonnance – devenir actif permet aux médecins de faire des ordonnances d'exercice et donne aux patients un accès gratuit limité à des installations de loisirs et de remise en forme.
Prescription to Get Active allows doctors to write actual prescriptions for exercise—and it’s working.
Family doctors in Edmonton and Calgary are working together to make active living—one of the best preventative measures for disease—a priority for everyone. The Prescription to Get Active program makes it possible for doctors to write prescriptions for exercise and gives patients limited free access to fitness and recreational facilities.
« Ça renforce nos muscles et on peut parler avec nos amis. » - Raphaël et Julia, enfants participant à l'autobus pédestre Trottibus
Au Québec, davantage d'enfants vont à l'école à pied grâce à l'autobus scolaire pédestre Trottibus, une initiative lancée par deux parents dans l'Outaouais. Le Trottibus, qui est désormais un projet officiel de la Société canadienne du cancer, vise à améliorer le bien-être physique et mental des enfants en faisant de la marche une activité amusante, sécuritaire et simple.
Canada has a health crisis, but the good news is that across the country, there’s a growing excitement about solutions that will help people achieve active, healthy lifestyles. Because healthy habits are built early on in life, schools have the potential to make a big impact and are the focus of many of these new initiatives.
Le Canada traverse une crise sanitaire, mais la bonne nouvelle, c'est que dans tout le pays, les solutions qui permettront à la population d'avoir un mode de vie sain et actif sont accueillies avec de plus en plus d'enthousiasme. Les bonnes habitudes doivent être prises à un jeune âge, c'est pourquoi les écoles peuvent avoir des répercussions importantes et constituent la cible de beaucoup de ces nouvelles initiatives.
“It builds our leg muscles and we can chat with our friends.” - Raphaël and Julia, children participating in the Trottibus Walking School Bus
In Quebec, more children are walking to school, thanks to the Trottibus Walking School Bus, an initiative first launched by two parents in Outaouais. Trottibus, now an official initiative of the Canadian Cancer Society, aims to enhance the physical and mental well being of children by making walking fun, safe, and easy.
Pamela Chng co-founded a web consultancy firm, but mid-career, she decided to launch a social business to empower disadvantaged women. Bettr Barista Coffee Academy trains women to become coffee professionals, tapping into coffee culture and the growing specialty coffee industry to help its students gain job skills and overcome significant life challenges.
Healthy living is about to become easier and more fun for children across Canada. The Play Exchange’s ACTIVE AT SCHOOL Challenge has named 13 winning ideas that help students increase their levels of physical activity every day! One winner was selected from each province and territory, and each will receive $3,000 to help implement their healthy living idea in local schools.
Il sera bientôt plus facile et plus amusant pour les enfants de partout au Canada d’adopter un mode de vie sain. Dans le cadre du Défi ACTIFS À L’ÉCOLE de Jeu d’échange, on a dévoilé la liste des treize idées gagnantes qui visent à aider les élèves à accroître leur niveau d’activité physique chaque jour! Un gagnant a été choisi pour chaque province et territoire.
While the world’s food systems have lost 75 percent of their biodiversity in the past 100 years, scientists are now starting to recognize the vast treasure trove of genetic diversity present in traditional and wild plant varieties. Biodiversity can lead to more nutritious diets, and is also a key asset for mitigating the risks presented by climate change, according to the FAO.
In Thailand, citizens routinely clash with government officials over the construction of dams that destroy fisheries and habitats. Recently, protesters have rallied against the Xayaburi “mega dam” currently being constructed on the Mekong River in neighboring Laos.
In Indonesia, where forests are being destroyed at the highest rates in the world, an untapped solution exists for balancing conservation with economic expansion.
This article originally appeared on Forbes.com.
The First Tee of Monterey County taps the power to golf to help kids learn the skills to be resilient and succeed in life. Executive Director Barry W. Phillips sat down with Changemakers to discuss why golf and its teachable moments have a unique power to bring out the best in kids.
Why is golf a particularly powerful tool for supporting kids in Salinas?
“How do we find a way to reconnect communities with local businesses, local resources, but more importantly, with each other?” This question, posed byKen Banks at Pop!Tech, is being echoed by an innovative generation of problem-solvers who are looking to strengthen local economies while simultaneously tackling community issues.
Jill Vialet, Ashoka Fellow and Founder of Playworks, sat down with Changemakers to talk about launching her organization in the Bay Area and why the Playworks “pro-social” model works to help kids play and learn at their best.
Playworks has its roots in the Bay Area. How did you get started launching your idea and building relationships with local schools?
What can parents do about bullying and how can schools become safe places for learning? Soul Shoppe co-founder Vicki Abadesco sat down with Ashoka Changemakers to discuss the root causes of bullying and tips for parents and children. Soul Shoppe creates empathy-based learning environments that eliminate bullying at the roots. Their work fostering youth peacemakers made them winners of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge!
Roman Krznaric believes that empathy "allows us to challenge prejudices and create political change." But how can we strengthen our empathy skills and who can we learn from?
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers have announced the six winners of Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change! The challenge sought local initiatives that tap the power of empathy to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change. The competition received more than 200 entries from Northern California community organizations.
Lisa Bennett writes about how empathy can be tapped as a powerful force for creating change.
The psychologist Daniel Goleman (with whom I coauthored the bookEcoliterate) captured the attention of millions with the publication of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence. Ever since, we’ve been fascinated with how social and emotional intelligence are connected to people’s ability to succeed—whether in business or in school.
Please join us in congratulating the Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge! After receiveing more than 200 entries, 86 top entries were selected as Semi-Finalists. Now, 23 top Finalists will go on to the final judging round of the competition. We'd like to thank all the amazing innovators for their vital work and for submitting their ideas to this challenge! The Finalists are:
Finalists will be revealed on 9/3! Until then, we’ve rounded up top stories about empathy making waves as a powerful driver of change in communities. (Photo: NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is a Semi-Finalist of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge and is featured on the Ashoka Changemakers Instagram this week!)
But first, a few announcements:
From a pool of more than 200 entries, the short-listing team at Ashoka Changemakers has selected 86 Semi-Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge.
Video caption: Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist iLead+Design submitted this video illustrating its unique model for teaching students empathy skills and how to use design thinking to solve problems.
Project Happiness (PH) teaches students the skills to build emotional resilience, self-awareness, and empathy. Informed by neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness, PH “teaches kids to be happy and strong from the inside” and helps adults strengthen social and emotional skills as well, said founder Randy Taran.
More than 200 entries were received for the Building Vibrant Communities competition! We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered. Due to the overwhelming response, we are pushing back our timeline one week and will be announcing Semi-Finalists on July 24.
Video caption: A trailer for the film produced by Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist Project Happiness. The film is part of Project Happiness' set of tools for helping young people and adults strengthen the skills of empathy, emotional resilience, and self-awareness.
What makes a winning entry? Top entries meet the Assessment Criteria, and they also make a compelling case for the problem they are trying to solve, and for their specific model for achieving impact.
Last weekend, Bill and Melinda Gates addressed Stanford’s graduating class, and urged them to use empathy and optimism to change the world. The couple delivered a poignant speech illustrating why innovation and optimism alone were not enough to make the world better.
Bill said, “Even in dire situations, optimism can fuel
We’ll be posting the latest news from around the web on innovative empathy projects that help build vibrant communities! Check back weekly for more news and insights about putting empathy into action.
The world’s first Empathy Museum
Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change
New online competition will award $500,000 in prizes to initiatives that activate empathy in order to strengthen communities in five California counties
"Empathy-based ethics are the essential foundation for 21st century changemaking," says Bill Drayton, the CEO and founder of Ashoka. "If we had to name a single, overarching success factor among our global network of social entrepreneurs, it would be the ability to put empathy into action."
Tumble Bugs est un programme de gymnastique offert en Nouvelle-Écosse qui apprend aux jeunes enfants que l'exercice peut se traduire par un jeu, un loisir et, surtout, par l'acquisition d'un savoir-faire physique.
As a gymnastics program in Nova Scotia, Tumblebugs is showing young children that exercise can be the foundation for play, fun, and most importantly, physical literacy.
Le club Brock Niagara Penguins est le seul club de sport de la région de Niagara, en Ontario, qui permet aux personnes handicapées d’âge pré-adulte ou adulte de se réunir et d'adopter un mode de vie sain et actif. Le club offre trois programmes de sport adapté : natation, basketball en fauteuil roulant et jeu de boules.
The Brock Niagara Penguins is the only sports club of its kind in the Niagara, Ontario region that enables disabled youth and adults to come together and achieve active, healthy living. Penguins offers three programs for para-athletes: swimming, a wheelchair basketball team, and bocce ball.