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.
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.
Hoy, la Fundación C & A y Ashoka Changemakers lanzaron Tejiendo el Cambio: Innovaciones para una Industria Textil Sustentable, un desafío en línea que busca innovaciones para crear una industria textil justa y sostenible. Los ganadores recibirán premios por un total de más de € 100.000 para apoyar sus soluciones.
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.
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?
21 de mayo 2014 - American Express y Ashoka han reconocido a 45 innovadores como futuros líderes del cambio social a en América del Norte. Sus soluciones abordan muchas de las problemáticas más críticas del mundo.
Sasha Kramer está trabajando con comunidades en Haití para luchar contra las enfermedades asociadas a la diarrea , principal causa de muerte infantil. Es la co-fundadora de SOIL (Modos de Vida Orgánicos Sustentables Integrados), que transforma residuos humanos en recursos para modos de vida sustentables, agricultura y reforestación.
Si quieres obtener resultados diferentes, no hagas lo mismo. Mejora tu potencial combinando sistemas que cumplan con las habilidades y fortalezcan espacios creativos. Así como tienes claro el problema que quieres resolver, debes tener claro el cambio que quieres ver.
A finales del mes pasado en la Ciudad de México, se llevó a cabo el Boot Camp sobre Liderazgo en emprendimiento social de American Express y Ashoka donde surgieron reflexiones como el anterior, las cuales iban dirigidas a quince innovadores sociales.
Contract Farming has been in existence for many years as a means of organizing the commercial agricultural production of both large & small scale farmers. In an age of market liberalization and globalization, small farmers stand high chance of not reaping the benefit of the global market economy. Today, ‘Contract Farming’ is an effective way to co-ordinate and promote production and marketing in agriculture, however, this may change the traditional practices of the small farmers having consequence on their livelihood, lifestyle and progress.
Comienza la Campaña Innovadores Emergentes 2013 de American Express con 45 emprendedores sociales líderes.
La buena nutrición trata de la biodisponibilidad.
Se estima que el 35% de la carga global de la enfermedad podría erradicarse con una buena nutrición. A pesar de las iniciativas de la fortificación de los alimentos y de la ayuda alimentaria, la desnutrición continúa siendo un problema de urgencia en todo el mundo, causando la mitad de las muertes infantiles, agravando las epidemias de VIH y TB y costando a las naciones billones de dólares en gastos de salud y pérdida de productividad humana.
Cuáles son los costos económicos de una desnutrición? Aquí van algunos números:
Los alimentos saludables, ricos en nutrientes, provienen de suelos y cultivos saludables. Pero las prácticas de agricultura no sustentables y un manejo deficiente de la tierra en el mundo, están disminuyendo el contenido nutritivo de los cultivos y amenazando nuestra habilidad para producir alimentos.
Los ecosistemas naturales aseguran que los nutrientes vitales circulen desde las tierras hasta los alimentos y hasta las personas. Los ecosistemas florecientes son el fundamento de las cadenas de nutrientes saludables, la base de toda la vida sobre el planeta.
Entonces, ¿cuál es la cuestión?