A look at five areas of social need and the innovative approaches working to address them, from Maxime Albors, a journalist with Novae, a solutions-focused Canadian economics journal.
¿Cómo se reconstruye la vida al salir de la prisión? En un país extranjero, con un idioma diferente, después de una experiencia carcelaria, ¿cómo se reinicia la vida otra vez?
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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Lograremos en conjunto dignificar la vida humana de los guatemaltecos para que estos no tengan que migrar y así puedan cumplir sus sueños en su país de origen" - Willy Barreno, Cofundador de DESGUA
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.
We were delighted to have a few influential participants join us as panelists:
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.
This fall, 100 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from 15 countries will take part in Emerging Innovators Bootcamps in five cities around the globe.
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?
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
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.