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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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New Solutions for Greece: Innovations for social and economic inclusion

The economic recession in Greece is affecting many people, families and communities, but it also reveals economic and social problems that predate the crisis. The “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” competition is seizing this opportunity to find sustainable and systemic solutions for the entrenched problems that face Greek society.

Ashoka Greece and The Hellenic Initiative have launched this competition to find new, empathy-based solutions that provide social and economic inclusion. These solutions will go beyond offering charity by empowering communities and creating more fair systems for Greek society. 

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Υγειονομική περίθαλψη για όλους: Αναζητώντας νέα μοντέλα για την Ελλάδα

Η παρούσα οικονομική κατάσταση στην Ελλάδα έχει εφιστήσει την προσοχή σε διαρθρωτικά προβλήματα του συστήματος υγείας, καθώς οι ανθρώποι χάνουν την πρόσβαση σε υπηρεσίες υγειονομικής περίθαλψης και θεραπείας, ως αποτέλεσμα του αυξημένου κόστους και των περιορισμένων πόρων. Αυτό ενίσχυσε την ανάγκη για αποτελεσματικά και χαμηλού κόστους μοντέλα που κάνουν την υγεινομική περίθαλψη προσβάσιμη σε όλους, και προωθούν νέες προσεγγίσεις για προληπτική φροντίδα. Η Ashoka βρήκε κοινωνικούς επιχειρηματίες σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο οι όποιοι ηγούνται της ανάπτυξης αυτών των νέων μοντέλων. Τώρα είναι η στιγμή να μάθουμε από την διορατικότητα τους, και να εντοπίσουμε τους ανθρώπους καταλύτες αλλαγής (changemakers) που δοκιμάζουν νέες ιδέες στην Ελλάδα.

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Make healthcare accessible for everyone: Looking for new models in Greece

The current economic situation in Greece has drawn attention to structural problems in the healthcare system, resulting in more people losing access to health services and treatments, through increasing costs and limited resources. This heightens the need for new low-cost and efficient models that make health care accessible to all, and promote new approaches to preventative care. Ashoka has found social entrepreneurs around the world who lead the way in developing these new models. Now is the time to learn from their insights, and identify changemakers in Greece who are piloting new ideas.   

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The Intersection of Social Innovation and Healthy Living

 

As a Canadian, mother, gen Y-er, kinesiology graduate, and consultant in the social innovation space, my perspective on the potential for wellness throughout this country is one of hope. I have been inspired by the blending of social entrepreneurship and health, inclusive of sport, nutrition, wellness, and more, to delve into the emerging field of social innovation.

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The Last Mile Prize

In Europe, millions of people don’t have access to essential products and services. What can YOU do to address this challenge and generate big impact?

 

Are you a social entrepreneur or a social-mission organization?

 

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How Philanthropists And Investors Can Work Together To Create Social Change

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Forbes.com)

Scaling up innovation is rarely as simple as investing in a company. The best social innovations aren’t companies – rather they are social movements, coalitions co-created by businesses, social sector organisations and governments working together.

But how do you fund and scale up a movement?

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World’s First Dedicated Health Plan for the Marginalized Takes Flight

Blue Wing changemakers, like Asher Hasan, offer innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious, visionary, and inspiring. They’ve done more than tackle major issues: they’ve proven that with persistence comes positive, lasting change.

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Jugaad: The Art Of Converting Adversity Into Opportunity

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Forbes.comphoto credit: Editions Diateino)

We are entering an Age of Complexity characterized by intensified economic unpredictability, tectonic demographic and technological shifts, and accelerating resource scarcity. Adversity has become the New Normal. When you face adversity you either throw in the towel quickly or keep on fighting the issue. But what if you could transcend this “fight-or-flight” reaction and uncover a third way that could empower you to see adversity as an opportunity for personal and collective growth? 

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Prisoners of Poverty in Egypt: Empowering the Innocent Women in White

Omayma was paying for a crime she didn’t commit.

After taking out a loan to finance her sister’s trousseax, her father convinced Omayma to sign as a guarantor claiming it was “just a formality.” When he passed away, Omayma was left responsible to pay the price.

Unable to pay back her father’s E£ 7000 (about $1,140), Omayma was sentenced to three years in prison. “He has always been lucky,” Omayma said. “He died and left me the bill to pay – it cost me my freedom and my children too.

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Brock Niagara Penguins: Where Disabled Youth Play and Compete Alongside Their Peers

 

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.

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UL and Ashoka Launch Safer Roads, Safer India

 

Every year, road accidents create an estimated 2 percent loss in GDP by affecting workforce members and placing added pressure on the health care system. According to the World Health Organisation, there are 1.24 million road traffic deaths worldwide with 130,000 occurring in India, the country with the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide. 

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What are the jobs of the future? Redefining Jobs for Africa's Youth

Ashoka and The MasterCard Foundation have partnered to bring the third webinar in the Future Forward series featuring youth and innovators, Ashoka Fellows selected in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to discuss creating solutions by redefining jobs for youth in Africa.

Panelists:

Fred Ouko, Founder and Executive Director of Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY), Kenya

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