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Ashoka

ASHOKA IS A CATALYST FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

The world has always known change, but the change we see today is transforming the way we live, work, and interact at a rate and scale never seen before. Technologies have lowered barriers to participation so that everyone can contribute and act collectively more than ever before. As a result, we are living in a truly historic moment where anyone can create positive change.

Now is the moment to ensure that everyone knows they can change the world for the better and does so. We want to live in a world where every young person grows up to become an adult changemaker, capable of taking creative action to solve a social problem; a world where the development of young changemakers and the practice of changemaking are the norm.

Our vision and understanding of the world come from Ashoka’s experience in pioneering the field of social entrepreneurship over the last 35 years— finding, selecting and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows). The network of more than 3,300 Ashoka Fellows is implementing system-changing solutions to human and environmental problems in over 90 countries.

Our work with Ashoka Fellows helps us see patterns of social development across various fields, providing key levers and a new framework for living in the world as a changemaker. We help people see the world differently so they can do differently, fully participating in the new environment. For example, Ashoka is building and activating networks to create fundamental changes in the growing up experience of children and young people so that everyone can become a changemaker.

Ashoka was launched in Scandinavia in 2012. Since then, we have elected and supported 21 social innovators as Ashoka Fellows who have positively impacted the lives of thousands of people. We have been working with 8 Changemaker Schools and we have been supported by 17 business leaders as part of our Ashoka Support Network. 

Norway, Denmark, and Sweden are affiliated countries with Ashoka Scandinavia. For more information about our work, have a look at our latest impact report.

Here you can find Ashoka Scandinavia's previous publications