Life-improving products like water filters and solar chargers for mobile phones are being stocked alongside soft drinks and soaps in hundreds of rural villages in southern India. These goods and gadgets are flying off shelves and making their way into village homes.
Each year, more than $100 billion in public benefits goes unclaimed by Americans. It’s not that needy individuals are turning down free money; it’s that these citizens don’t know it’s theirs for the taking.
The U.S. government and nonprofits have long worked to connect low-income individuals and families with their benefits. But what if, instead, it became normal for employers to help low-income employees access the benefits they’re already entitled to? What if employers took the initiative to help team members improve their lives with food stamp and Medicaid benefits?
Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Pharmaceuticals in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers, today announced a global challenge inviting social innovators to co-create with the business sector. The challenge, conveniently named Co-Creating a Healthier World, calls on social innovators in the health and wellness field to uncover the next generation of sustainable health solutions by combining their innovative ideas with the business acumen of Boehringer Ingelheim’s global employee workforce.
Hosted by C&A Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers, the challenge will award more than €100,000 in prizes to support innovative solutions
Are you a doer, thinker or a change agent working to shape a future of ‘work’ that can advance the socio economic status of young Africans and their communities? Apply for this online course.
Grant Hosford and Jan von Meppen, two participants in the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka Re-imagine Learning Challenge, met in Pasadena, California this month to collaborate on tools that improve learning through gaming. The meeting exemplifies a rapidly growing focus on engaging students through entertaining and immersive learning.
WHO? Kisirisa Muhammed, 27, the founder of Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD).
WHAT? AFFCAD is an entrepreneurship and leadership training organization in Bwaise, the largest slum in Kampala, Uganda.
HOW? Glad you asked.
How can integrated SEL practices help both teachers and students?
The current pace of job creation in Africa is not able to meet the demands of the largest segment of it’s population that is the fastest growing; youth. However, this can be resolved in the long-run if there is an environment that nurtures young people to not be job seekers but job creators.
Today’s world moves very fast. This speed is making way for new ways of working. In Africa, pioneers in all sectors are paving the path for a new kind of workplace and new types of ‘jobs’. One of the attributes of this increased speed in work environments, is the intense level connectivity work now requires, where people are not ‘switching off’ when they go home, rather they are constantly plugged into their work. This makes it challenging to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
A learning space differs in both look and feel from the traditional classroom. In the past year, we've met social entrepreneurs with an eye on education who are creating cost-effective methods to infuse schools with the type of culture and design that students need to better develop their curiosity, creativity, and imagination, and better achieve desired learning outcomes.
Teacher-researchers, design-thinkers, teacherpreneurs. . . Educators of all types have the potential to exercise their creativity, collaboration, and playfulness to improve education.
When devising strategies to make education work for the 21st century, it's natural to think first about students. How do we prepare children for a rapidly changing world? For jobs that don't exist yet? For the creative problem solving required to tackle emerging global challenges?
In the ever-changing demands of today's economy, even children with a solid knowledge base in reading, writing, math, and science are not guaranteed a stable career for the rest of their lives. In addition, an increasing number of graduates will have to create their own jobs.
How can teachers foster the creativity, entrepreneurialism, and lifelong curiosity necessary for young people to thrive?
Child development should inspire lifelong learning across different spaces and communities. ... The question is how to make such an approach both systemic and sustainable.
"Creativity isn't about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs," wrote the University of Winchester's Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. "It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation."
When we hear the term playful learning, our minds often picture groups of children tinkering with new ideas, sharing their work with each other, and having a lot of fun in the process. But adults love to be playful, take risks, and experiment with new ideas just as much as children do. This is the reason why creating opportunities for adults to support each other as playful learners is a successful strategy to increase playful learning opportunities for children.
I bought my six-year-old daughter a Black & Decker LI3100 Compact Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Screwdriver. I tell her it's critical for defending our Tampa, Florida neighborhood against the coming zombie apocalypse.
K-12 education has historically been designed around core academic subjects like math and English, with play as a secondary activity that's shoehorned into recess and after-school activities. We've made a commitment to uncovering some of the research and stories that make a case for bringing more play into the classroom.
For the continent, the youth population boom and issues of employment are at the top of the list of priorities. Leaders at national, continental and global levels discuss these topics in the halls of the United Nations, the African Union and within talent-strapped businesses operating in the region. Solving the complexities of youth employment will shape the legacies of the most powerful African political and business leaders of our time.
This article originally appeared on www.devex.com as part of a two-part series. This is part one of two articles.
Ashoka is honored to announce that two of the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment challenge winners, Ellen Chilemba and Alain Nteff, were selected among 30 Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs for 2015. The Forbes cited the nominees, “You may not know many of their names now, but in 20 years they could be on the cover of FORBES AFRICA with their story of multi-million-dollar success.” Alain was also recently endorsed by Queen Elizabeth under the umbrella of the first Queens Young Leaders Award.
WHO? Marcus Noel, 29, the founder of Heart of Man.
WHAT? Heart of Man is an immersive education program and brand that teaches middle and high school students STEAM through entrepreneurship and design.
HOW? Glad you asked.
"Go out there and be a passionate amateur,” said Ashley Wile, the founder of Sole Girls, at the recent Toronto Boot Camp.
There, American Express and Ashoka welcomed 20 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from around Canada to Toronto for an intensive leadership journey, the second of five being held around the world this summer.
What can you learn from an entrepreneur who is turning plastic waste into currency, or an innovator who is tapping the power of the cleaning industry for youth development? A whole lot actually.
Follow the stories of these and other young social change agents part of the 2015 Class of Emerging Innovators in our Toronto Boot Camp.
An increasingly dynamic and fluid workplace requires all young African job seekers to be adaptable, and to have an open and innovative mindset. For this, education is vital. How is education evolving in the continent and how is it set to impact the livelihoods of young people? What are the opportunities for young people to shape the future of the education sector?
Taddy Blecher founded the Maharishi Institute: the first university to provide free full-time and part-time education to young people throughout South Africa, in turn preparing them for work.
WHO? Blair Brettschneider, 26, the executive director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit GirlForward.
WHAT? GirlForward is a Chicago-based organization that's empowering adolescent refugee girls to be strong, confident and independent.
HOW? Glad you asked.
WHO? Gavin Raders, 32, the executive director of the Oakland-based social venture Planting Justice.
WHAT? Planting Justice is an organization that is fighting for food justice, economic justice and sustainable local food systems in the Bay Area, California.
HOW? Glad you asked.
We’re hosting another Twitter chat at 1 p.m. EDT on June 10, and the 2015 Class of New York City Emerging Innovators will be participating. This is your chance to hear what they learned at the Boot Camp, ask them about sector-specific solutions, and also connect with other young problem solvers.
Find out how a robotics revolution in Ugandan primary schools is engaging students and creating a new generation thinkers and innovators who can shape opportunities for the future.
The video features Ashoka Fellow Solomon King.
What if the most inspired and best-informed agents of change for “broken” school systems weren’t lawyers or politicians, but students themselves?
Across Africa, as in the rest of the world, a faster pace in the workplace calls for a faster and more technology savvy workforce. There are many opportunities arising out of the rapid rate of technology innovation across the continent. A key question is: how are young people positioned to seize these opportunities?
Across two continents and 13 countries, one hundred emerging social innovators will dive into Boot Camps designed to push their ideas and impact to the next level. From June to August, American Express and Ashoka will convene cohorts of twenty future leaders in five regional hubs: in the United States, Canada, Mexico, East Africa, and Francophone West Africa.
There’s a growing demand in the workplace, and at almost every level of our global society, for innovative solutions to serious challenges. For young people to succeed in our rapidly changing world, they’ll need to be able to think on their feet and channel their natural creativity as purposeful problem solvers.
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.
"Go beyond making the problem go away for some people; instead, build a solution through which the problem becomes irrelevant" has been the guiding adage for how Ashoka selects Fellows. We have always focused on finding people who we call “systems-changing social entrepreneurs.” Bill Drayton’s most famous quote still rings true in this way: We know it’s time to move beyond the “teach a man to fish” model, and find those who will “reinvent the entire fishing industry.”
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.