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Creative Solutions for Changing Times

For the past 38 years, Ashoka has been committed to identifying the most innovative ideas and dedicated social entrepreneurs and organizations that address social problems. Ashoka Fellows go beyond tackling symptoms and aim at underlying systemic causes of social challenges. In the last five years, Ashoka has elected 194 Fellows that are active in Europe. This study features Europe’s most crucial social challenges and it reflects the ways in which the Ashoka social entrepreneurs approach them. It also details the patterns of innovation that these different approaches highlight and their relevance for the broader European public agenda.

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Local Learning Ecosystems: Emerging Models

Fewer young people today experience the empowerment of education through conventional schooling alone. But when they engage with a range of resources within a broader community, charged with the power of social interaction in the connected world, learners of all ages, temperaments, and aptitudes can seize greater opportunities that better meet their needs. As learners around the globe seek both the technical skills of doing and knowing, and the soft skills of management, critical thinking, and many others, the holistic approach suggested by ecosystems challenges conventional education hierarchies and decision making.

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Vertical Literacy: Reimagining the 21st-Century University

The Fridays For Future (FFF) climate strike by high school students may well be one of the most important, yet hardly covered stories by the US media today. During the week of March 15th alone, 1.6 million strikers were counted across 125 countries. This environmental movement to reduce carbon emissions was started by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg in late 2018. In the meantime, a discussion has ensued among politicians in Germany about whether it is the right thing for students to take to the streets instead of the classroom on Fridays.

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Leading together: insights from ministers and teachers on the future of education

The expectations we place on teachers are high and growing. We expect them to have a deep and broad understanding of what they teach, how their students learn, and of the students themselves. But our education systems are not keeping up. Most schools look much the same today as they did a generation ago, and teachers often don’t have the opportunities to develop the practices and skills required to meet the diverse needs of today’s learners. 

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Change leader, change thyself.

Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, famously wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

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Four Levels of Impact

Ashoka is looking for leading social entrepreneurs who not only deliver direct services and provide immediate alleviation of needs but also work to change mindsets and systems in order to address root causes of a problem with a long-term perspective.

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Building Collective Leadership

I was enjoying a stimulating conversation with the CEO of a medium sized and fast growing company about leadership effectiveness. “So what’s happening with your leadership team?” I asked him, sensing an edge of disappointment in his voice.   He reflected for a moment. “Well, they’re all terrific individually: focused, dedicated and competent in their areas; but they sit in their offices all day and don’t talk to each other” he replied…

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Everyone a Changemaker

The following article is based on the luncheon keynote speech that was delivered by the author at the pre-conference symposium, "Working Convergences: Liberal Education, Creativity, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit," at the 2005 annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

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