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A values-based philosophy for social change: Runa Khan’s Journey to Changemaking

As a serial social entrepreneur in poverty alleviation and mindset shift, Runa is constantly pioneering new ways of learning, working, and living together. Runa's journey starts with her upbringing and the influential role of her parents in cultivating a lifelong philosophy for social transformation...
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Ashoka Fellow Meher Khelifi journey to break down social insurance barriers: “I want to help every single woman that has no social or health coverage”

Meher Khelifi, newly elected Ashoka Arab World Fellow and founder of Ahmini, shared with us his first reactions to becoming an Ashoka Fellow, the challenges he faced along the way, and his experience pursuing social security coverage for women in rural Tunisia.
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The Voice of Appalachia

Ashoka Fellow Brandon Dennison, founder and CEO of Coalfield Development: "When I say Appalachian person, really truly what comes to mind? Because there's a good chance it's a stereotype, it's a redneck, or hillbilly, or a Trump voter. Appalachian people are tough and and resilient, and and also...
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Sharon Terry, Genetic Alliance: Data and power to the people

Ashoka Fellow Sharon Terry is improving health outcomes for patients who have genetic diseases by aligning incentives and structures so that they facilitate, rather than obstruct, the continuum of research, drug development, treatment, advocacy, and support. “If I name a song, you can download it...
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Lifesaving Flash Mobs

As young children in Israel, Ashoka Fellow Eli Beer and his brother witnessed a bus bombing while walk-ing home from school. They felt powerless to help during the wait for an ambulance. At 15, Eli volunteered as an emergency medical technician. He saw how Israel’s traffic congestion and winding...
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Everyone a Changemaker Ecosystems

A new framework for the growing up years Everyone a Changemaker Ecosystems: a new framework for the growing up years
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A Special Power for Good Tech

Tech Audits Tech - The Internet's Immune System - Block Bias - Internet Users' Union - Cleaning Up Tech's Mess
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A New Economy Out at Sea

Ashoka Fellow Bren Smith: "I grew up as a commercial fisherman, chasing fish around the globe — sort of a pillager. And at a certain point, ˆ decided that I wanted to collaborate with the ocean. I turned myself into a farmer and began asking the question, 'What's unique about the ocean as an...
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Journalism and Democracy

Ashoka Fellow David Bornstein: "I covered the murder of a woman when I was writing for New York Newsday. And I remember reporting that story — it was really heartbreaking — and my editor calling me up at 5 a.m. the next morning to tell me what a great job I had done, because I'd gotten these really...
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What’s ahead for asylum seekers in the U.S.

How a group of more than 20,000 asylum seekers in the U.S. are reshaping the system
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The Value of Your Voice

Brazil's Ministry of Education has approved Everyone a Changemaker Learning materials that have been co-authored by Ashoka for up to 1.5 million high school students
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The Climate Community Lab announces its winners

The Climate Community LAB is an action-oriented network and co-creation ‘LAB’ that brings people together to address climate change challenges in Central and Eastern Europe. Community Lab is funded and created by EIT Climate-KIC and led in a collaborative model with partners: Ashoka, 4CF Strategic...
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Defender of Transparency: Achraf’s Changemaker Journey

Achraf Aouadi, a leading social entrepreneur fighting against corruption, has been guided by a constant commitment to experimentation, failure, and inclusion. His journey to changemaking began when he was in his teens, discovering innovative ways to change his school culture for the better.
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Finding Self-purpose through Social Impact: Shafat's Changemaker Journey

In a conversation with Shafat Khan, we learn about what inspired him to pursue social entrepreneurship, his thoughts on the role of young people, and his journey with Ashoka to date.
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The Power in Passion: Thabiso's Changemaker Journey

As a university student in South Africa working on youth development, Thabiso actively sees the potential for excellence in all students. When she is not in class, she is rallying her peers to equip younger students to be engaged learners, active civic leaders, and ambitious changemakers.
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Sickle Cell Advocate Bukola’s Changemaker Journey

Bukola's journey to launching Nigeria’s first online and voluntary blood donor register started in her teens. Since learning she had sickle cell as a young girl, Bukola has been on a mission to increase the quality of life for millions living with the disease.
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Changemaking Where Needed: Santiago's Changemaker Journey

In a conversation with Santiago Mejia, we discuss migration, the importance of being cognizant of one’s identity, life in Colombia, and leadership.
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Alain Werner: the newly-selected Swiss Ashoka Fellow

We are truly pleased to announce that the newly-selected Ashoka Fellow in Switzerland is Alain Werner, Founder and Director at Civitas Maxima. He is is creating new spaces for stakeholders of the international criminal justice system, such as victims, NGOs, investigators, and lawyers, to work...
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The Future of Periods: Sakshi's Changemaker Journey

How one teenager is changing her world by protecting the health of women and the planet.
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Read. Re-use. Repeat: Bailey’s Changemaker Journey

Starting with her own collection of children’s books, Bailey formed a team of three other ambitious young people to pioneer a circular economy for literature in their city.
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