Quick Ashoka Facts
What is Ashoka?
How was Ashoka founded?
Bill Drayton, who coined the term "social entrepreneurs", founded Ashoka in the USA in 1980 and elected the first Ashoka Fellow in 1981. Ashoka was first to apply the principles of the business sector to the civil sector in a systematic way, to find innovative solutions to urgent social problems around the world. Today Ashoka is present in 82+ countries.
What does Ashoka do?
What does Ashoka mean by 'Everyone A Changemaker'?
Ashoka's vision - Everyone A Changemaker - is a vision of the world where more and more people respond efficiently and imaginatively to social problems, and where each person has the freedom, confidence, skills, and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.
This has massive implications for how children grow up and learn, how cities organize for the future, how companies think about talent and strategy, how philanthropists think about impact, and how societies define success and development. An 'Everyone A Changemaker' world is both more resilient and more inclusive because each person – regardless of age or background – will play a role in shaping the future.
What is a social entrepreneur and why does Ashoka search for 'leading social entrepreneurs'?
A social entrepreneur is an individual that use business-like principals to build organizations that solve a social problem they care passionately about. Their main goal is not economic profit but sustainable social impact. They have an innovative approach, and tackle the root of the problem, rather than the symptoms. Ashoka searches for leading social entrepreneurs because they are changing patterns and transforming systems, driving a field or sector forward, responding to new challenges and changing needs. Irrespective of where their work is based, these individuals think and act globally. Through their work, they inspire and empower others to transform their fields, communities, society - wherever they are most needed. They are global role models and pioneer a world where Everyone can be a Changemaker.
Who are Ashoka Fellows?
Could I be an Ashoka Fellow?Ashoka has a very rigorous Search and Selection process based on 5 selection criteria. If you would like to be considered for the Fellowship, you can Nominate yourself. Please keep in mind that this process is lengthy and rigorous, and we may not be able to respond to you right away.
Can I suggest a leading social entrepreneur to Ashoka for the Fellowship?
Yes, Ashoka is open to receiving nominations and you can Nominate individuals throughout the year.
When was Ashoka established in Scandinavia?
Where is Ashoka headquartered?
Ashoka is a politically and religiously independent non-governmental organization with global headquarters are in Washington D.C., USA.
How is Ashoka funded and supported?
I would like to get in touch with Ashoka Scandinavia for an exclusive interview, video, story, or to speak/present at my event. How can I reach you?
For all media, speaking, or presentation enquiries, please can contact us via web, email or phone at +46 8 23 23 76. Please send us a brief description of your media/event concept, your audience, dates and locations if possible so that we can better assist you and get back to you as soon as possible.