Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Autumn 2014

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CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS PROGRAMME OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

On October 17th, Ashoka Ireland welcomed educators, social entrepreneurs, students and leaders from across sectors to celebrate the five inspiring primary schools that make up Ireland’s inaugural group of Changemaker Schools:

— Donabate-Portrane Educate Together NS, Donabate, Co. Dublin
— Francis Street CBS, The Liberties, Dublin 8
— Our Lady’s & St. Mochua’s PS, Derrynoose, Co. Armagh
— St. Columba’s GNS, Douglas, Co. Cork
— St. Oliver’s NS, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Held on the 11th floor of the Google Docks building in Dublin, the launch event brought this new network together for the first time, before kicking off a programme of speakers and discussion on the future of Irish education.

 
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The event featured keynote speeches by Founder of AsIAm Adam Harris and renowned author Roddy Doyle, followed by a panel discussion on ‘Re-Imagining Learning’. Facilitated by President of Dublin City University Brian MacCraith, the panel included Galway East TD Ciarán Cannon, President of St. Patrick’s College of Education Daire Keogh, former Special Advisor to Mary Robinson Bride Rosney, Future Voices student Nickole Borja and Co-Founder of Fighting Words Seán Love as speakers. Each of the five Changemaker Schools was awarded a plaque of recognition.

Read about some of the Changemaker Schools in this Irish Times article.

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WATCH: IRELAND'S CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS VIDEO

Hear students, principals & teachers in Ireland’s Changemaker Schools speak about the creative ways that they nurture the skills of empathy, creativity, leadership and teamworkin their schools & communities.

Feel free to share the video link via email & social media!

 

PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Dublin City University (DCU) conferred an Honourary Doctorate degree on Ashoka Global Academy Member, Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Founder of Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus at a special ceremony on Saturday, October 18th. As DCU is an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, the event brought together several key members of the Ashokanetwork in Ireland.

President of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith and members of the Ashoka Ireland team planted a tree with Professor Yunus on campus, followed by a breakfast with students and principals from Ashoka Ireland’s Changemaker Schools, and an academic procession to mark the ceremony. Accepting the award, Professor Yunus spoke about the power of community in eradicating global poverty.

“I believe we can create a world without poverty… We can achieve a world where we have poverty museums, because being poor will be a thing of the past for everyone.”

- Muhammad Yunus

Watch Professor Yunus speak at the One Young World Summit in Dublin on October 18th.

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FEATURED FELLOW: MICHAEL KELLY, GROW IT YOURSELF

Ashoka Ireland Fellow Michael Kelly is the Founder of Grow It Yourself, a global network of people who grow their own food as a lever to greater wellbeing. GIY’s big idea is that the simple practice of growing and nurturing food can help people develop ‘food empathy,’ leading to healthier habits and lifestyles. Michael believes that many health, diet and environmental problems in the world can be traced back to a pattern of ‘food apathy,’ which GIY’s community-based activity aims to counteract. 

Recognising that people are more successful in their growing when they come together in groups to support each other and share tips, expertise and encouragement, GIY has now grown to over 800 GIY groups and projects in Ireland, Australia, UK and Africa with approximately 50,000 people involved in the movement each year. Michael recently described the simple and effective approach of GIY in Business & Leadership:

“Growing food seems to transform people’s lives pretty much regardless of how much they do it. It doesn’t have to be 16 acres in the countryside. The herbs and salad leaves on a balcony can lead to food empathy as well. That’s why GIY is so important.”
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The past six months have been very busy and exciting for the team at GIY. Here are just a few of their highlights!

Sow & Grow 2015: GIY’s school programme Sow & Grow in association with Innocent will be back in 2015 for the 4th year running and plans are underway to make next year’s campaign even bigger and better. The collaboration is well on track to hit the target of 100,000 primary school children growing their own food for the first time. Keep a close eye on the GIY website in the coming months for more information!

Diageo starts to GIY@Work: A team of ‘GIYers’ at Diageo’s St James’s Gate join other ‘GIY@Work’ companies such as Aramark, Eirgrid and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in starting a new direction for healthier living. At Diageo, over 100 employees volunteered to plant the ‘St. James’s Gate GIY Garden’. The GIY@Work programme provides companies with a garden and mentoring programme.  For more details please contact Ronan Douglas (ronan@giyireland.com)!

GROW COOK EAT: October saw the launch of GIY’s new book ‘GROW COOK EAT’, written by Michael Kelly, and featuring recipes from over 35 of GIY’s favourite chefs and growers, including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Darina Allen, Rachel Allen & Clodagh McKenna. A ground-breaking book for anyone seeking to develop a deeper understanding of food, it is a comprehensive guide to help readers bring abundant, delicious food from plot to plate. The book is available in many bookstores nation-wide and through GIY’s online shop.

GROW HQ Fundit Campaign: The team is delighted to report that they hit the target on their FundIt campaign for GROW HQ in September! The final total was €21,564 - a phenomenal result and one of the larger crowdfunding campaigns in Ireland this year. GROW HQ is a planned €1.5m food education centre with a grow school, cookery school, homegrown food café and shop on a 3 acre site donated by Waterford City Council. GROW HQ will open in 2015.

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NEWS FROM OUR FELLOWS

— Fellow Mike Feerick’s organisation ALISON began offering a free course on Ebola prevention in September. The course, which can be accessed on a mobile phone, is aimed at people living in regions affected by the virus and there are assessments on how the virus can be transmitted and treated. Titled ‘Understanding the Ebola Virus and How You Can Avoid It’ it has been taken by over 10,000 people to date. The course’s success was widely covered in the media, including by the BBCthe Guardian and the Irish Times

ALISON are hiring! Find out more & apply through their website.

— Fellow Caroline Casey was featured as a guest speaker at One Young World, which was held in Dublin earlier this month. Caroline spoke in front of an audience of thousands about why the 1 billion disabled people represent the largest marginalised group in the world, and challenged young leaders to change the statistics. She was joined on stage by adventurer & author Mark Pollock, founder of AsIAm Adam Harris, former athlete & musician Niall Breslin, blogger Sinead Burke and speaker Joanne O’Riordan.

Watch their inspiring talk ‘Disability: Move to Include’ on Youtube.

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— Fellow Madeleine Clarke’s organisation Genio recently launched The Information Hub, a dedicated resource website bringing together publications, multimedia and events on the topics of disability, mental health and dementia. Genio also co-sponsored a new radio documentary, ‘WRAP Radio - Ireland’s Journey,’ produced by Victoria Enright on Newstalk. WRAP is the Wellness Recovery Action Programme and the documentary takes an inside look at how WRAP translates into Irish people’s everyday lives.

Visit Genio’s Information Hub to find out more about their research.

— Fellow Krystian Fikert spoke with Business & Leadership on World Mental Health Day (October 10th) about how his organisation MyMind’s partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim has helped them scale and improve their platform. Describing their partnership, Krystian explained why going ‘beyond CSR’ helps MyMind achieve their goals: “We want mental healthcare to be as normal as going to see a GP, and we’re not going to achieve that on our own.” MyMind also unveiled a new website earlier this year, making it even easier for clients to book appointments online.

Read Krystian’s interview on the B&L website.

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COMPETITION LIVE: MAKERS OF MORE

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the autumn issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for this winter. 

Find out more about our work on our website, and find us on Facebook & Twitter!

Music Education: the Pulse of Primary Schools for the Future

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Chris Rooney, a music educator for Dabbledoo Music, published an article in response to the government's Creative Youth Programme to promote the arts in schools, where he discusses the importance of music in the classroom.

The full article examines three factors:

1. How music can impact student performance in other subjects, examined in a case study by The Guardian (October 2017).

2. The move to play-based learning in primary education, a call by Minister for Education Richard Bruton published in The Irish Times (March 2017).

3. Reducing child-hood anxiety, a report released by the Irish Primary Principals Network (January 2017).


Music Education: the Pulse of Primary Schools for the Future

 

I asked my dad recently how he learnt music in primary school growing up in Belfast in the 60s. He told me about the BBC radio show Singing Together which broadcast every Monday morning at 11am.

Classrooms across the country would tune in and sing along to songs covering everything from Cockles and Muscles to cowboy themes like The Streets of Laredo – my dad’s personal favourite.

The show stopped airing in the 1990s and, in recent times, music education has since been given less and less priority in the UK. With increased calls for rejuvenation, perhaps now it’s time to learn from what was achieved in the past and decide how best to reverse the trend on a national scale.

Reigniting focus on the arts

In December, Leo Varadkar announced the Irish government’s plan to reignite the focus on arts education within schools. The Creative Youth programme seeks to give every child in Ireland practical access to education in music, art, drama and computer coding within the next five years.

The intention of the government is to create a country where people can think creatively and be prepared for the future.

With this renewed government focus, is now the right time for music to become the heartbeat of our schools’ curriculum? Below are three trends why I believe Ireland is poised for a music revolution. 

Music can help improve students’ performances in other areas

Back in October, The Guardian released an article called ‘How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it.’ The report told the story of Feversham Primary Academy based in Bradford.

In 2013, the new Head Teacher Naveed Idrees developed a programme where children would spend up to six hours a week learning music. Prior to this decision, the school was performing 3.2% behind the national average in English. Since then, 74% of its pupils have now achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, against a UK national average of 53%.

Countless research papers would confirm this impact that music can have on improving memory retention and language processing. These, however, were not the only improvements the school reported: a rise in attendance levels, improved staff morale and an increase in student confidence all resulted in a much happier school life.

Music supports the proposed move towards play-based learning

Minister for Education Richard Bruton proposed reforms back in March where children would not study traditional subjects until 10 years of age. Instead, there would be a greater emphasis of creative play during these years. The proposed reforms are inspired by the high-performing education systems in countries such as Finland.

While the timeline for this reform is still unknown, a music curriculum consisting of learning songs and creating as a group, could be a positive first step in helping a primary school to deploy a programme focused on this new method of teaching.

This could help serve as a pilot for future subjects to adopt this play-based learning approach.

Music can help in reducing child anxiety levels

The Irish Primary Principals Network released a study last January which reported increasing anxiety levels among primary school children in Ireland. One solution suggested to reversing this trend is to build child confidence which again, music is great outlet for.

Take, for example, making music as part of an ensemble. This experience teaches the discipline of playing in time with others and blending sounds as part of a team. Performing music in a group can create a strong sense of achievement which, in turn, can help build a child’s confidence and also lasting friendships.

To conclude, music has always been relevant in our classrooms, it just so happens that certain political and societal factors are arguably making it more relevant now. However, even if the factors I’ve mentioned didn’t exist, it would still be a worthy endeavour.

Through our work in Dabbledoo Music, we are lucky enough to visit classrooms across the country and see the impact music can have not only on a child’s development but also on their parents and friends through things like school concerts and shows.

This power that music can have in bringing people together means it can, in my opinion, be the pulse of our primary schools and the surrounding communities they serve. That itself, is reason enough as to why we need music in education.

 

 Chris Rooney,  Music Educator

Chris Rooney, Music Educator

DabbledooMusic is a new way to learn about music. It is a child-centered approach that focuses on creativity and learning through activity. Musicality is gift that we all share and it is important to nourish at a young age. We teach music in a way that is all-inclusive with no barriers.

With an eye to the future, Inspirefest 2017 was bolder than ever

“Inspirefest unapologetically has diversity and inclusion at its core,” said founder Ann O’Dea while onstage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on July 6, delivering the opening to Dublin’s Inspirefest. Billed as “a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts,” the festival's programme boasted three days of fascinating speeches, panels, presentations, and workshops.

 The festival, held from 6-8th July, boasted a colourful programme of STEM- and creativity-focused topics

The festival, held from 6-8th July, boasted a colourful programme of STEM- and creativity-focused topics

The festival brings together founders, innovators, educators, investors, and techies, mostly within STEM but also in business and the arts, and its central mission champions diversity and inclusion in a sector that is famously scant on those values. In his welcoming address, An Taoiseach, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, praised Inspirefest for its emphasis on equality and on the fusion of arts and science to create change.

“Inspirefest unapologetically has diversity and inclusion at its core.” - Ann O'Dea, Editor-at-Large of Silicon Republic & Founder of Inspirefest

These proclamations were borne out in Inspirefest’s programming, which included 75% female speakers. Many of the speakers--both men and women--discussed gender equality in the workplace and in STEM, as well as equality and diversity of race, age, and ability. Dr. Anita Sands, a Board Director of three Silicon Valley public companies, discussed the jarring absence of women as leaders in business, and Colin Graham, Director of International Compensation and Benefits at Facebook, talked about the need for new technologies like facial recognition to include people of color and reflect the diversity of their users. Ana Matronic, author of Robot Takeover, went beyond the human realm, discussing the importance of accepting not only transgender people but also transhuman cyborgs, a technological certainty of the future. Young entrepreneurs Ailbhe and Izzy Keane talked about their business, Izzy Wheels, which sells beautifully designed and decorated wheelchair spoke-guards.

Inspirefest speakers made sure to keep the discussion nuanced and honest, balancing their praise and excitement around technological innovation with discussion about the dangers that technology can pose, especially in today’s global political climate. Despite covering  serious topics, the speakers were not pessimistic. Rather, they gave the audience calls to action--read an article before you post, for example--in the hopes of a better future.

 Ashoka Fellow Matt Flannery is the founder of Kiva and Branch, two fintech social enterprises that are empowering those who are underserved by banks.

Ashoka Fellow Matt Flannery is the founder of Kiva and Branch, two fintech social enterprises that are empowering those who are underserved by banks.

Two Ashoka Fellows, Matt Flannery and Bart Weetjens, took the stage to highlight the intersection of social enterprise and STEM. Matt talked about his journey to founding the microfinance nonprofit Kiva, and the digital loaning platform Branch, both of which serve entrepreneurs in developing countries. His three main lessons: work in the field first, do what you love, and get started fast. Bart Weetjens, whose Tanzania-based organisation, APOPO, trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines in post-conflict areas, and to sniff out tuberculosis infections in health centres, spoke about the importance of innovative thinking in solving global health challenges. Bart’s talk included video clips showing how the rats are trained by experts, and revealed that more than 900,000 landmines and 82,000 TB infections have been detected by APOPO since 2000.

 Ashoka Fellow Bart Weetjens is the founder of APOPO, which trains rats to sniff out landmines and tuberculosis infections

Ashoka Fellow Bart Weetjens is the founder of APOPO, which trains rats to sniff out landmines and tuberculosis infections

All of Inspirefest’s speakers envisioned a bright future for humanity and for STEM. As Marcus Weldon, president of Bell Labs and corporate CTO of Nokia, said, machines will take over but only “over the mundane things, freeing humans up to do cognitive, aesthetic, creative things.” Indeed, the Inspirefest speakers showed that these aesthetic and creative pursuits were already happening, and in new and exciting ways, as many of them discussed the convergence of STEM and the arts. Several gaming experts discussed the importance of art and design in creating a powerful and beautiful gaming experience. Keri Krukal, first a dancer, then a biochemist, and now the founder and CEO of Raw Science TV, told of how she had blended art and STEM in her career because “technology alone is not enough.”

More of Inspirefest’s wonderful programme is available on Silicon Republic’s coverage of the festival, live social media (follow #Inspirefest on Twitter or Facebook), or the InspirefestHQ Youtube account. Cheers to the inspiration gathered and lessons learned from the strong and diverse stories, speakers, and ideas of Inspirefest! Let the countdown for next year’s festival begin.

This post was written by Aviva Klein Meyers, Programme Intern at Ashoka Ireland, Stanford University Class of 2019.

Read Matt Flannery's interview with Silicon Republic here. Find out more about Bart Weetjens in Fiona Koch's profile on APOPO here.

Spring is here! And so is our new #AIQ

With apologies for the radio silence... 

The first few months of 2017 have been busy in our office, with a lot of behind-the-scenes work on our Fellow nomination process. We are also getting ready to announce two new partnerships and a campaign later this year - so watch this space!

In the meantime, we are delighted to share our quarterly round-up of news from the Ashoka Ireland community, in our spring #AIQ newsletter, below. 

You can read about a system-changing collaboration between Fellows Neil McCabe and Mike Feerick, and learn about leading global Fellows in our #GlobalChangemakers campaign. Changemaker Schools got a big feature in The Irish Times this month. And we celebrate the work of Jacqueline Williamson, who is our first Fellow to join the network from Northern Ireland!

Read on at the link: https://ashokaireland.exposure.co/spring-aiq-2017

#FridayPhilosophy: Ashoka's Founding Story

ASHOKA'S HISTORY

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Bill Drayton founded Ashoka in 1980, around the idea that the most powerful force for good in the world is the individual social entrepreneur: a person driven by an innovative idea that can help correct an entrenched global problem. At Ashoka, we call these sorts of ideas system-changing, because they permanently alter existing patterns of activity, as opposed to simply adding in minor fixes here or there.

 Bill Drayton is the founder and CEO of Ashoka

Bill Drayton is the founder and CEO of Ashoka

Once we realized that social entrepreneurs were the key to making the world a better place, we decided that the most important thing we could do was identify the best of them and help them excel. Our efforts towards this goal--finding and supporting social entrepreneurs--characterized the first stage of our development, sometimes referred to as Ashoka 1.0.

From the beginning, Ashoka has identified and supported these outstanding individuals with ideas for far-reaching social change by electing them to the Ashoka Fellowship. As defined by Ashoka, the social entrepreneur has the same makeup as a business entrepreneur—in attitude, vision, bias for action, and skills—but the social entrepreneur seeks to better the world in a specific way. “Social entrepreneurs, for some reason deep in their personality, know from the time they are little that they are in this world to change it in a fundamental way,” Drayton explained.

Bill Drayton and Ashoka’s Earliest Years

While Bill was an undergraduate at Harvard, he started the Ashoka Table, a discussion group which invited prominent public leaders for off-the-record dinner conversations with inquisitive young students. At Yale law school, he founded Yale Legislative Services, an analytic and drafting service conducted by law students and provided to legislators who lacked their own staff support. As assistant administrator for planning and management at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Carter Administration, Drayton designed and pushed through an array of market-based approaches to environmental regulation, including the now widely disseminated idea of tradable pollution permits to control greenhouse gas emissions.

The idea of creating a global fellowship of social entrepreneurs had been in Drayton’s mind since his college years. While at the EPA and later as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, he began to search actively for nominators and Fellows candidates. Nominators were those who had the knowledge and contacts that could be used to identify the extraordinary individuals whose social ideas Ashoka wanted to encourage and support. The candidates who were ultimately selected as Ashoka Fellows would become part of a global fellowship of their own, a community of social entrepreneurs from all parts of the world.

Before launching this venture, in 1978, Drayton and several supporters visited India, Indonesia, and Venezuela to assess the climate for their enterprise. They interviewed 364 people in a wide range of social fields such as the environment, education, and children’s advocacy. They wanted to ensure that they could develop an independent, systematic approach for identifying high potential candidates, and that they might avoid suspicion that their program was a front for other, clandestine “political” activities. On June 3rd, 1980, the fellowship organization was incorporated in Washington, DC under the name "Society for the International Public Interest." The board of directors of the SIPI consisted of 3 people: Bill Drayton, Julien Phillips, and Bill Carter. 

The organization's first stated mission was to "encourage and assist development of public interest work in developing countries," including:

  1. Assist in the design, testing and development of public interest programs in developing countries.
  2. Disseminate ideas and provide information and advice to public interest groups.
  3. Assist in funding start-up costs of public interest programs in developing countries.
  4. Build bridges between public interest groups in different countries and the international community.

The following year, the organization elected its first Fellow. Four years later Bill Drayton was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (“genius” award), and began to work full-time on building the organization. 

Ashoka: The First Twenty Years

Drayton, then in his mid-thirties, was looking for people with compelling visions who possessed the creativity, savvy, and determination to realize their ideas on a large scale: people who could, in his words, leave their ‘scratch on history.’ As he conceived of it, building an organization that could find these wildflowers and help them grow would be the most highly leveraged approach to social change possible. It would be the single most powerful thing he could do to speed up development and democratization around the globe. 

Drayton believed that the kind of social entrepreneurs he was seeking – passionate, resourceful, system-changing, history-making innovators who could “unbalance” static social, political and economic equations – were extremely rare; perhaps 1 in 10 million.  

The process of becoming a Fellow, therefore, was extremely selective, and began by extensive sourcing from nominators worldwide, particularly in developing countries where problems of poverty and deprivation were often acute.  The organization embraced both ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ roles in social change: supporting the work of individual entrepreneurs and, in doing so, building the broader field of social entrepreneurship.  Accordingly, its mission was to “develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world by supporting talented visionaries who chose to devote their lives to solving social problems.”

As the organization developed, it became ever more clear that the organization was not about "public interest work," but about social innovation, and the entrepreneurs that drive it. Accordingly, on June 10, 1987, the Society for the International Public Interest changed its name to Ashoka.

The purpose of the newly renamed organization was also changed, to:

  1. Encourage and assist individuals in making important innovations for the public good in the fields of economic advancement, protection of minorities, assistance to the poor, legal and civil rights, education, protection of the environment, health, and other public service work.
  2. Build an active mutual help fellowship among such public service entrepreneurs, both established and beginning, across all barriers.
  3. Educate national publics about other areas of the world, especially through person-to-person contact. 

And to match this new purpose, Ashoka's activities were listed as:

  1. Help beginning public service entrepreneurs succeed in launching both their innovative ideas and their own longer-term careers.
  2. Provide start-up financial support to these public service entrepreneurs and to offer the assistance of established public service entrepreneurs working in the same or related fields.
  3. Link public service entrepreneurs who are working in different regions of the same country or in different countries altogether, so that they may benefit from each other’s experience.
  4. Support independent public service work generally and to encourage individuals to commit themselves to this work.
  5. Educate the publics of the countries having Affiliated Organizations about each other’s societies by creating direct links between the Affiliated Organizations, the public service entrepreneurs in these countries, and with others associated with the International Society and its Affiliated Organizations. 

Ashoka 2.0: Re-visioning Our Mission

In How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas David Bornstein chronicled much of the good work – and the lessons learned – from Ashoka and its Fellows.  In his discussion of the Fellow selection process, Bornstein examined just what Ashoka evaluators mean by the “knock out test:” what defines a powerfully new and transformative idea.  “Such an idea,” he wrote, “does not arrive in a flash of inspiration.  It takes shape over years in an iterative process of adjustments and readjustments, with new pieces continually being added and others continually being dropped." According to Drayton, “Every day you’re modifying the idea. You’re seeing new opportunities. You’re seeing the nuances of problems. It’s a continuous process." This same process of idea modification and adjustment applied to Ashoka itself, as the organization continually examined ways in which it could advance important social change in systemic and lasting ways. 

By the late 1990s, it was clear that Ashoka had largely achieved one of its primary goals of establishing the field of social entrepreneurship. A number of Ashoka like organizations – Echoing Green, the Skoll and Schwab Foundations, New Profit Inc, Endeavor, the Acumen Fund, and many others – had formed to support the work of promising social entrepreneurs at various stages of their individual and organizational development. Social enterprise programs were now a staple of business and public policy schools in the US and other countries, and a burgeoning cottage industry of researchers and professional service firms – lawyers, consultancies, academics, trade associations – had evolved to study and advance the work of social entrepreneurs.

The fact that Ashoka had helped launch the careers of nearly 3,000 social entrepreneurs and had been, in the words of its President Diana Wells, a critical “engine of the sector” at large begged important “adjustment and readjustment” questions: Was it possible that the potential for advancing social change resided not just in the work of an elite one in 10 million, but perhaps in the efforts of every individual?  Was it possible to imagine a world in which Everyone was a Changemaker?

Ashoka 3.0: Fulfilling the EACH Vision

While in some ways a eureka moment, the Everyone a Changemaker (known at Ashoka as ‘EACH’) vision was as much evolutionary as revolutionary. Drayton and his staff believed that the core work of identifying, electing and supporting extraordinary social entrepreneurs would remain central to Ashoka’s mission. The key was to draw on the inspiration, depth of knowledge and expertise, accumulated experience and collective insights of the Fellows’ work to enable a broader flowering of social change efforts. “We are no longer talking about one in ten million,” explained Stuart Yasgur, one of the organization’s managing directors. “Ashoka aims to engage 80% of the world’s social entrepreneurs.” In order to facilitate an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world, Ashoka would need to design new programs and processes to:

  • Continue to support the work of individual social entrepreneurs, who inspire thousands of others to be changemakers
  • Help entrepreneurs work with each other, and with partners in business, government, academia and other influential institutions to draw on and demonstrate the power of collective entrepreneurship
  • Build the right architecture for the sector and for the organization

Want to find out more about our organisation? Visit the global website: www.ashoka.org