Ashoka

Ashoka

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The world is defined by change and requires a new mindset.

Ashoka envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker:

a world where all citizens are powerful and contribute to change in positive ways.

Our Mission

Ashoka identifies and supports the world's leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an "everyone a changemaker world."

Read about Ashoka's theory of change for this historic moment, the new inequality, and the new framework that they require.

Our Priorities

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

• Social Entrepreneurship: 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.

In 2018, Ashoka led one of the largest and most diverse studies of system changing social entrepreneurs ever conducted. It found that Ashoka Fellows are having systems-level impact — 74 percent have achieved change in public policy or legislation, others are changing market systems, and mindsets. All are working towards an Everyone a Changemaker world by engaging countless others in their efforts to realize change for the good of all. It also found that Ashoka is clearly accelerating Fellows' ability to create their systems change impact. Overall, 84 percent of Fellows reported that Ashoka has helped increase their impact. Learn more about the study results and Fellows' systems changing strategies in the 2018 Impact Report. Learn more about the study results and Fellows' systems changing strategies in the 2018 Impact Report.

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