Ashoka focuses on four strategic priorities to help people understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change, where everyone is called on to be a leader
Ashoka selects world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.
Every Child Practicing Empathy
To thrive in today’s rapidly changing world, everyone must be a changemaker, and changemaking starts with empathy.
Ashoka is leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they have the power to lead, to contribute — to be in charge.
Organizing for Changemaking
Living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.
What We Do
Ashoka supports an "Everyone a Changemaker" world through its programs in more than 90 countries, building and amplifying this global movement in three stages:
Identify and support the world's leading social entrepreneurs
We find and cultivate social entrepreneurs in every corner of the world, whose system-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems. After a rigorous application process, we invite them into the Ashoka Fellowship - providing early stage financial support and a lifetime membership into an expansive network of peers and partners - enabling them to achieve their vision and have even greater impact. We then draw on the insights and patterns of these 3,500+ Ashoka Fellows to understand what the future needs and how to create new solutions for building a better world.
Accelerate the "Everyone a Changemaker" world
We mobilize a network of organizations to join us in shifting mindsets and reshaping how we learn, work, and live together to catalyze changemaking for the good of society. We partner with schools, universities, corporations, citizen sector organizations, media, and other influencers to co-lead this movement with us.
Equip Everyone to be a Changemaker
We inspire and enable changemaking in the public-at-large, and work to give all citizens the confidence and tools to solve problems for the good of all. Specifically, we focus on preparing the next generation to navigate this rapidly-changing world by ensuring all young people have the critical skills they need.
Ashoka in Southern Africa
Ashoka’s country and regional offices around the world co-create and co-lead Ashoka’s programming. This enables our global changemaker community to capture and act upon emerging insights, knowledge, and talents of innovators from a wide range of cultural and regional contexts. See a full list of country offices
Partnerships with Purpose
Ashoka partners with companies and organizations that are as committed as we are in creating a just world. We work closely with our partners to create initiatives with both local and global impact.