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Reports to Results: Dealing With Youth Unemployment in Africa

Editor's Note: In partnership with Fair Observer, an on-line journal that examines the deeper issues behind the news, we will explore the theme: Who is responsible for addressing youth employment in Africa? From June-September 2014, we will be developing online events and a series of articles that will gather multiple perspectives and provide a 360° analysis on the topic.

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Winners - Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact

Ashoka, the Zermatt Summit Foundation, Fondation Guilé, DPD and Boehringer Ingelheim are delighted to announce the winners of the European competition “Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact”. They were awarded during a ceremony at the prestigious Zermatt Summit, on June 27, 2014

 

Please join us in congratulating the inspiring competition winners:

 

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Re-Designing Play, Re-Imagining Learning: 3 Players To Watch

If we were honest with ourselves, we’d admit that many of our educationsystems prioritize things other than whole-child development.

“We’ve got an obsession in believing that literacy and numeracy and content acquisition are the principal objectives of school systems,”

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Citizen Engagement: Key Ingredient in Road Safety

 

See an offender, upload their picture on Facebook. Police force in four major Indian cities—Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Gurgaon— are taking a unique approach to catching drunk-driving offenders by enlisting the help of local residents.

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Enter Before Thursday 6/26, 5pm PDT for an Extra $1000! Plus tips for creating a winning entry

You can still continue to revise your entry up until the final deadline. Entering early means you'll be eligible to win one of two early entry prizes of $1000. All entries remain eligible to win one of four $100k Activating Empathy Prizes, or one of two potential Idea Prizes.

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. Here are four ways to accomplish this:

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Επιλέχθηκαν οι 20 φιναλίστ του Διαγωνισμού «Προορισμός: Αλλαγή. Νέες Λύσεις για την Ελλάδα»

Αθήνα – 23 Ιουνίου, 2014 – Με περισσότερες από 90 συμμετοχές έκλεισε στις 19 Μαίου 2014 η προθεσμία υποβολής συμμετοχής στον διαγωνισμό «Προορισμός: Αλλαγή. Νέες Λύσεις για την Ελλάδα» (Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece) που διοργάνωσαν η Ashoka, η Ελληνική Πρωτοβουλία (Τhe Hellenic Initiative), το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, η Boehringer Ingelheim Ελλάς και η SAP Hellas με στόχο την εύρεση καινοτόμων λύσεων για κοινωνική αλλαγή στην Ελλάδα.

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20 Finalists Selected in Ashoka and Partners’ Changemakers Competition for Greece

Athens, June 24, 2014 – Ashoka Greece announced today that 20 finalists have been selected in the first Changemakers competition for Greece. The «Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece» competition is an initiative by Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas to source innovative solutions for social change in Greece.

The finalists, selected from more than 90 entries, represent the most innovative and promising solutions in the following areas of social impact for Greece:

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Google+ Hangout: The Role of the Young Entrepreneur in a Changing World

Solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are exciting. The opportunities are global, interconnected and interdependent. Business' resources dwarf those of the philanthropic and public sectors combined. All fixes require leaders with vision and capacity to build systems for change across industries and borders. Yet alone, now and in the future, no one of these sectors can put together the social entrepreneurial ecosystems necessary for major innovation and change to work at scale.

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Podcast: Delivering High-quality, Low-cost Healthcare to the World’s Poor

Possible Health is a non-profit tackling the issue of health care in a very challenging environment. Based in a rural area of Nepal, Possible Health’s mission is to prove that it is possible to deliver high quality health care services at a very low cost. Mark Arnoldy, 27, founder of Possible Health, is a serial social entrepreneur.

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Seeking Sustainable Living Solutions to Change the World

The 2014 Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Ashoka is seeking young people aged 30 and under with practical, scaleable initiatives designed to tackle the challenge of sustainable living.  

 

Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

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“Take your genius and your optimism and your empathy and go change the world” : Bill and Melinda Gates on the Power of Empathy

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

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Activating Empathy to Create Change - News Roundup

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

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Emerging Innovators Alumni: Planting New Seeds for the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs

Written by Guest Blogger and 2013 Emerging Innovator Curt Bowen

When I was 18, my best friend Joseph and I planned to design an innovative way for Central American communities to make their own biofuels in order to become fuel independent and fight poverty. We were going to teach this technology to universities, citizen sector organizations, and farming associations—and, we were going to do it all by driving and living in a biodiesel powered bus through Central America.

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Building ViaSport Productions: A new platform to showcase amateur sport to the world

Speed skating Olympian Cathy Priestner Allinger shares her personal inspiration behind a new media initiative at ViaSport, a not-for-profit organization responsible for providing strategic leadership to sport in B.C. and increasing levels of physical activity at every stage of life, in every community.

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Finalist Projects - Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact

Ashoka,the Zermatt Summit Foundation, Fondation Guilé, DPD and Boehringer Ingelheim are delighted to announce the finalists of the European competition “Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact”. We were excited to see so many innovative collaborations led by social-mission organizations, traditional businesses and public institutions in Europe: we have received 338 projects from 34 European countries!

 

Please join us in congratulating the 15 finalist projects:

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Ashoka Changemakers and Packard Foundation Launch an Online Competition

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."

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The Healing Power of Canada’s Natural Landscape

 

“Our mission is to connect our society’s most marginalized and under-served women to the healing power of nature,” said Jaime Adams, the Founder of the Forest and the Femme Society. The organization is one of the Early Entry Prize winners of The Play Exchange challenge. 

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UL and Ashoka Announce the Early Entry Prize winners of the Safer Roads, Safer India Challenge

 

Every year, more than 1.2 million people die in road accidents globally, with 130,000 of those deaths occurring in India, which has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide. The result is an estimated 2 percent loss in GDP in India that not only affects workforce members, but places added pressure on the health care system.

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2014 American Express Ashoka Changemakers Emerging Innovators Announced

May 21, 2014—American Express and Ashoka Changemakers have recognized 45 innovators as future leaders of social change across North America. Their solutions tackle a wide range of the world’s most critical challenges.

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Getting Our Hands Dirty: Social Innovators Show How Healthy Soil Makes Healthy People

Howard Buffett’s recent book, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, shares two interrelated insights: that a farmer gets to produce around 40 annual harvests in her lifetime, and that living soils play an absolutely essential role in her and future generations’ abilities increase that harvest each year.

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Hollaback - Crowd Sourcing an End to Street Harassment

By co-founding Hollaback, Emily May is making street harassment as culturally unacceptable as sexual harassment in the workplace, by naming and raising visibility of the problem, and establishing systems and accessible tools to effectively report and address it.

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Announcing The Play Exchange's Early Entry Prize Winners!

The Play Exchange is excited to announce the top three early entry winners! Since the challenge launched in February we have received numerous innovative and creative ideas to empower Canadians to make healthy choices and address major health concerns. These three submissions stood out from the bunch for their inspired and resourceful approaches.

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9 Future Jobs That Will Power Africa

Editor's Note: This article was written by Simon Stumpf, the Regional Director for Ashoka in East Africa. This article originally appeared on Fastcoexist.com. The article highlights 9 emerging job industries that will power Africa in the new future. 

Ever heard of an "Invisible Executive" or a "Nutrient Banker"? Those are just a few of the positions that are being created in Africa today that will drive economic development in the coming decades.

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Rona Ambrose Introduces The Play Exchange on Steven and Chris!

 

On April 30th, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose joined Steven and Chris to talk about getting Canadians active with The Play Exchange.  From their studios at CBC in Toronto, they discussed the challenge and how important it is for Canadians to get engaged and get active!

 

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Ανακοίνωση του νικητή Early Entry Prize στο διαγωνισμό “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece”

Αθήνα - 5 Μαΐου, 2014 -  Η Ashoka, η Ελληνική Πρωτοβουλία (Τhe Hellenic Initiative), το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, η Boehringer Ingelheim Ελλάς και η SAP Hellas ανακοίνωσαν το διαγωνισμό «Προορισμός: Αλλαγή. Νέες Λύσεις για την Ελλάδα» (Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece), ένα online διαγωνισμό, στις 12 Μαρτίου, 2014, με σκοπό να εκπηγάσει και να τονιστεί με καταλυτικό τρόπο η καινοτομική κοινωνική αλλαγή στην Ελλάδα.

 

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Early Entry Prize Winner of the “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” Competition Announced

Athens, May 5, 2014 - Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas launched Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece, an online competition, on March 12, 2014 to source, highlight, and catalyze innovative social change projects in Greece.

 

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Με στόχο την προστασία του περιβάλλοντος και την ενίσχυση των ελληνικών κοινοτήτων προς μια βιώσιμη ανάπτυξη

Στην προσπάθεια αναζωογόνησης της ελληνικής οικονομίας δύο βασικοί τομείς συχνά παραμελούνται  αν και ο τουρισμός και η γεωργία βρίσκονται στην καρδιά της ελληνικής οικονομίας και βασίζονται σε ένα υγιές περιβάλλον. Ευτυχώς, οι Έλληνες πολίτες έχουν ξεκινήσει να βρίσκουν λύσεις για να προστατέψουν το περιβάλλον και αναζητούν νέους τρόπους για να ενισχύσουν τις φυσικές πηγές και τη βιοποικιλότητα με στόχο την πράσινη ανάπτυξη.

Στο πλαίσιο του ηλεκτρονικού διαγωνισμού Προορισμός: Αλλαγή. Νέες Λύσεις για την Ελλάδα, το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση θα βραβεύσει τις ιδέες που στόχο έχουν να ενισχύσουν τις ελληνικές κοινότητες με περιβαλλοντικές λύσεις. Ο διαγωνισμός είναι μια πρωτοβουλία της Ashoka, της Ελληνικής Πρωτοβουλίας (The Hellenic Initiative), της Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas και της SAP Hellas.

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Protecting the environment while empowering Greek communities to lead sustainable development

As Greece struggles to revive its economy, a key insight often is overlooked: tourism and agriculture, the two biggest engines of the country’s economy, depend on having a healthy environment. Fortunately, Greek citizens can play a role in protecting the local environment, and can find ways to connect their livelihoods with natural resources and biodiverse ecosystems in new, sustainable ways.

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is offering an award for projects that are responding to this opportunity to strengthen local Greek communities with environmental solutions as part of the Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece online competition, launched in collaboration with Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, and SAP Hellas.

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Beyond general interest, the Common Good

When discussing the articulation of individual versus collective interest, general interest is usually referred to as carrying a fairly obvious content. However, one soon realizes that what they believed was a solid platform for consensus is in fact the place for important misunderstandings, each party defining it in its own way. 

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Νέες λύσεις για την Ελλάδα: Καινοτόμες ιδέες για κοινωνική και οικονομική ενσωμάτωση

Η οικονομική κρίση στην Ελλάδα έχει επηρεάσει πολλούς ανθρώπους, οικογένειες και κοινότητες, αλλά ταυτόχρονα έχει αναδείξει οικονομικά και κοινωνικά προβλήματα που προϋπήρχαν. Ο διαγωνισμός «Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece» επιχειρεί να αξιοποιήσει αυτή την ευκαιρία προκειμένου να βρει βιώσιμες και συστημικές λύσεις για τα βαθια ριζωμένα προβλήματα που αντιμετωπίζει η Ελληνική κοινωνία.

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