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Developing Nicaragua’s full potential with early childhood development

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:

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How Design Thinking can transform our education systems

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?

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La propuesta colectiva para defender los derechos humanos

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.

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Empoderando Refugiadas: una apuesta de vinculación transformadora

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.

 

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Ashoka, RWJF announce Champions of Children’s Wellbeing

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. 

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Jessica Santana Tells CNN Why She Left A Six-Figure Job to Become a Social Innovator

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.

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Twitter Chat: Defining and Narrating Your Impact (Sept. 22)

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.

Featured Panelists

We were delighted to have a few influential participants join us as panelists:

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100 Social Entrepreneurs Selected for Ashoka’s Fifth Annual Emerging Innovators Bootcamps

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. 

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Children's Wellbeing Pioneers Announced!

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.

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Amplifying Voices in Children’s Wellbeing: Join a #ChildrensWellbeing Twitter Chat Wednesday, August 3 at 1pmEDT

“What do children need? They need to know, ‘I am lovable, I am safe, I can trust other people to meet my needs.’”

— Amelia Franck Meyer, Ashoka Fellow, founder of Anu Family Services

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Niñ@s y participación en medios, un asunto de derechos

“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.[1]

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La apuesta transformadora de la colaboración

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.

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América Latina e Direitos Humanos - Por Edgar Cortez

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.

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América Latina y Derechos Humanos

Cuando hablamos de América Latina es posible que pensemos que la realidad de  los países que la integran es cercana y comparten muchas cosas. Eso fue lo que en algún momento llevó a Simón Bolivar a plantearse el proyecto de Patria Grande. Sin embargo, al vernos a nosotros mismo, lo que encontramos es un continente que vive numerosos contrastes, explora diversos caminos y suma gran número de retos.

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Tropical weather forecasts via SMS for small-scale farmers in West Africa

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

Initiative: Ignitia

Region of impact: West Africa

 

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Join @Changemakers and the #AfricaYouthFwd Network for a Twitter Chat on 3rd June

“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?

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The Story Behind the Entrepreneur Who Opened South Africa's First Free University

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.”

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Transforming Healthcare by Empowering Women: doctHERs Wins Young Entrepreneur Award

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). 

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ANUNCIAN A LOS GANADORES DE TEJIENDO EL CAMBIO EN EL MARCO DEL EVENTO COPENHAGEN FASHION SUMMIT

 

La iniciativa global Tejiendo el Cambio, de Fundación C&A y Ashoka, que busca premiar proyectos que presenten soluciones a problemáticas presentadas en la cadena de valor en la industria de la moda para lograr que ésta sea justa y sustentable, anuncia los tres proyectos ganadores, Evrnu, Ambercycle y Nest, que asistieron al Copenhagen Fashion Summit el pasado 12 de mayo.

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​Innovative Solutions Win Fabric of Change Award to Tackle Fashion Industry’s Sustainability Problems

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:

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There's Nothing Uniform About this Sustainable Fashion Startup in Brazil

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. 

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Changing Your Company from the Inside Out? Top insights from Chris White

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.

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¿Innovaciones en Derechos Humanos en Latinoamérica? ¡Lanzamos el desafío!

Para promover una nueva visión de los derechos humanos en América Latina, Ashoka y Fundación Ford lanzan el desafío Derechos humanos en Latinoamérica: impulsando la transformación, que busca las mejores innovaciones sociales de alto impacto para conectar y movilizar una comunidad de agentes de cambio que transforme la visión de los derechos humanos en nuestra región.

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Inovações em Direitos Humanos na América Latina? Lançado o desafio!

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.

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Lessons from the Journey of a Young African Social Entrepreneur

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.

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