Ashoka focuses on three strategic priorities to help people understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change, where everyone is called on to be a leader
Ashoka selects world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.
Empathy and Young Changemaking
Ashoka is leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they have the power to lead, to contribute — to be in charge.
Organizing for Changemaking
Living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.
What We Do
Ashoka supports an "Everyone a Changemaker" world through its programs in more than 90 countries, building and amplifying this global movement in three stages:
Identify and support the world's leading social entrepreneurs
We find and cultivate social entrepreneurs in every corner of the world, whose system-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems. After a rigorous application process, we invite them into the Ashoka Fellowship - providing early stage financial support and a lifetime membership into an expansive network of peers and partners - enabling them to achieve their vision and have even greater impact. Ashoka sets its strategic priorities by drawing on the insights of a core group of Fellows whose work reveals an opportunity for catalyzing transformative change. These Fellows serve as co-leaders of a movement that contributes to an "everyone a changemaker" society.
Accelerate the "Everyone a Changemaker" world
For each of Ashoka's strategic priorities, we mobilize a network of organizations to join us in shifting mindsets and reshaping how we learn, work, and live together to catalyze changemaking for the good of society. We partner with schools, universities, corporations, citizen sector organizations, media, and other influencers to co-lead this movement with us.
Equip Everyone to be a Changemaker
Ashoka in the United States
Ashoka’s country and regional offices around the world co-create and co-lead Ashoka’s programming. This enables our global changemaker community to capture and act upon emerging insights, knowledge, and talents of innovators from a wide range of cultural and regional contexts.
Ashoka is a team of people working together from 35 country offices around the world to advance a world in which Everyone is a Changemaker. Ashoka staff members are team players who are entrepreneurial and are driven to make powerful ideas real.