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Stéphanie Schmidt: Corporate Leaders, Don’t Miss the Social Impact Wave!

By Stéphanie Schmidt, Senior Change Leader, Ashoka and Olivier Fruchaud, Director, Ashoka Switzerland



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Danielle Batist: Incentivizing Sustainable Fashion: Lessons from Social Entrepreneurs

By Danielle Batist


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Dan Schiff: Weaving Together Benefits for Bangladesh Garment Workers

By Dan Schiff, Global Manager, Fabric of Change, Ashoka



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Mary-Rose Abraham: Sri Lanka’s Garment Workers ‘Stand Up’ for Rights

By Mary-Rose Abraham


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Dan Schiff: From Fiction to Fashion: Helps Business See Forests for the Trees

Dan Schiff, Global Engagement Manager, Fabric Of Change Initiative, in partnership with the C & A Foundation 


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Cynthia Ndubuisi Mene: The ‘Root’ to Women’s Empowerment

By Cynthia Ndubuisi Mene, CEO, Founder, Kadosh Production Company (KPC)

Growing up in rural south-east Nigeria, as the…


Added by Ashoka on September 20, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Fighting loneliness and building confidence

Matthew was 30 years old when he was diagnosed with Schizoid Affective Disorder. The diagnosis arrived at a moment of accelerating crisis within his life – increasing isolation, frequent breakdowns, anxiety and self-harm.

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Now 58 and looking back on this period he …


Added by Ashoka on September 15, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Three unlikely starting points for social entrepreneurs

In 2015 Social Enterprise UK reported that the proportion of social enterprises that grew their turnover was 52 per cent, compared with 40 per cent of SMEs.

Social entrepreneurs are increasingly leading the way in economic growth and social change. From poverty to climate change to gender inequality social entrepreneurs are tackling some of the world’s…


Added by Ashoka on September 12, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Building systems for learning through play

"Nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere. The challenge of the 21st century is to find out what works and scale it up." - Bill Clinton

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In a world where …


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Funding for Impact: How 'Payment by Results' Could Revolutionize Development Funding

Photo Credit: Narinder Nanu / AFP/ Getty Images

A pioneering new approach to funding social development projects has completed its first year – with promising results.

Nearly four million girls, between ages 6 and 13, aren’t attending school in India. That’s a big problem. Development economists…


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Empowering Mothers in the Workplace

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In 2012, Ashoka Fellow Riccarda Zezza returned from her…


Added by Ashoka on August 12, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Mark Cheng and Laura Kromminga: How the Mobile Phone is Enabling a New Social Enterprise Economy

By Mark Cheng  and Laura Kromminga, Hybrid Finance team, Ashoka


Do you remember that old mobile phone that you traded in years ago? Chances are, your phone may be helping power a new…


Added by Ashoka on August 5, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Changing a Nation’s Perspective on Mental Health

Despite a population of approximately 6.1 million people, Lao PDR has only two qualified psychiatrists, one of whom is Dr. Chantharavady Choulamany, BasicNeeds Lao PDR’s Programme Manager.

Since 2007 BasicNeeds has been working hard to address the need for better community based mental health care and support, and increase the number of in-country mental health care professionals.

Earlier this year, BasicNeeds facilitated the first ever…


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Building the Social Enterprise Eco-System in Thailand

By Sunit Shrestha, Ashoka Fellow and Ambassador, UBS Social Innovators Programme

In South East Asia, 95% of coral reefs are endangered. In Thailand the …


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Crowdfunding 2.0: Can Social Innovators Turn The Model On Its Head?

Crowdfunding began as a way to fund personal projects. A new generation of social entrepreneurs takes it to the next level.

When college friends Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley decided to launch an experimental website to raise funds for small-scale entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, they had no idea of the revolution they would start. Launched in 2003, enabled visitors to see profiles of individual business entrepreneurs (like women basket weavers or…


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Banking on Social Innovation - An Interview with Caroline Anstey, Global Head of UBS and Society

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How Can We Care for Underserved Children Affected by Life-threatening Rare Diseases Worldwide?

Image: EspeRare Foundation

By Caroline Kant, Founder of the EspeRare Foundation, Ashoka Fellow

While working at Merck Serono in…


Added by Ashoka on July 14, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Empowering patients, changing healthcare

Contrary to popular belief, strokes do not only affect the elderly, they can affect anyone from babies to children to teens. Twenty million people suffer from strokes every year, and two million of them are 18 and younger. There are even cases of strokes affecting fetuses before birth. When Francesca Fedeli and…


Added by Ashoka on July 12, 2016 at 16:44 — No Comments

Bridging the healthcare gap in Pakistan

“I want my daughter to see a world where equality, justice and otherness is the right of every living being.”

– Dr Sara Saeed (29) Co-Founder, doctHERs, 2016 Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, the Prince of Wales Prize Winner

“I was a graduate from one of the finest medical universities in Pakistan. I was bright, talented…


Added by Ashoka on June 17, 2016 at 17:42 — No Comments

From parliament to coffee carts: a mission to dismantle poverty

Jattinder works as a barista for a coffee cart in Canary Wharf selling Old Spike Roastery coffee, but just six months ago Jattinder was homeless. 

In and out of prison, sleeping in a stairwell of a block of flats, Jattinder met John Bird, founder of the Big Issue, during the making of a BBC documentary on homelessness. A short introduction later and Jattinder became part of Change Please, a social…


Added by Ashoka on June 6, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

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