Ashoka is the world's leading organization for social entrepreneurship and changemaking. Over the past 30 years, Ashoka has elected over 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 82+ countries. Ashoka also works with young people, institutions, companies, and individuals to multiply the number of changemakers. Ashoka envisions, an Everyone A Changemaker (EACH) world where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.
- Founded 30+ years ago by Bill Drayton
- Coined the term “social entrepreneur”
- Operates in 80+ countries with 300+ staff
- Supports 10000+ young social entrepreneurs
- Supports 3000+ leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows
- World’s largest organization for social entrepreneurship and changemaking
- Does not accept public funding, but is financed by foundations, companies and individuals
- Equipping society with Changemaker Skills – empathy, creativity, leadership, and teamwork
- Believes there is nothing more powerful than an idea in the hands of a leading social entrepreneur
Ashoka in Scandinavia
Ashoka Scandinavia opened its base office in Stockholm in 2012. Ashoka Scandinavia works across
3 major areas to multiply the number of Changemakers and support social innovation in the region:
VENTURE & FELLOWSHIP
Searching and Selecting leading social entrepreneurs from Scandinavia as Ashoka Fellows, and, supporting them through living stipends, pro bono support and access to a global network of support and peers in 82+ countries. Ashoka, through its work, partners and supporters enables Ashoka Fellows to scale their organizations, grow their impact and create more positive societal change around the world.
ASHOKA'S YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS
Building an infrastructure and role models for Social Entrepreneurship and Changemaking in the region by supporting existing as well the growth of young changemakers. Through the Ashoka Changemaker Schools program and Ashoka Young Changemaker initiatives, Ashoka is increasing young people’s skills of empathy, creativity, leadership and teamwork. In addition, Ashoka provides concrete tools to enable young people to manifest ideas, grow organizations, increase their social impact and inspire other young people to strive towards EACH, an Everyone A Changemaker world.
ASHOKA SUPPORT NETWORK (ASN)
Gathering successful leaders across fields who are tearing down the walls between the citizen sector and any other sector to create a world where leaders and social entrepreneurs collaborate to solve society’s most pressing problems. Business entrepreneurs, top executives, investment bankers, venture capitalists, and consultants in the ASN program that share Ashoka´s vision that entrepreneurs are the primary engine for change. Their advice and participation are integral to the success of our Ashoka Fellows and the organization as a whole.
Although we share the love for changemaking, Ashoka Scandinavia is not affiliated with the norwegian organisation Changemaker. Click here visit them.