The Role of Empathy in a World of Exponential Change

In a world of rapid change, society is confronted by an increasing number of complex challenges and opportunities. Ensuring solutions will outpace problems requires effective collaboration and the ability to organize into fluid teams-of-teams, where every player must be a contributor and a leader.

Effective collaboration in this environment is only possible with empathy: the ability to understand and respond to the feelings of others. In a changemaker world, empathy is as fundamental as reading, writing and math. This creates a new social imperative to ensure that every child fully develops their own innate capacity for empathy.

One hundred years ago, accelerating change had reached the point that society needed everyone to be literate. Now society needs everyone to be ready to thrive in a world of constant, rapid, exponential change as a skilled changemaker. It needs every young person, parent, and educator to grasp this new paradigm for success in growing up — and in life.

Learning to #LeadYoung

Our understanding of the changemaking power of young people comes directly from our community of 3,500 Ashoka Fellows. 55 percent of our Fellows work directly with young people, and of that group, 53 percent put young people in charge of leading initiatives and projects within their organizations. Further, almost half of our Ashoka Fellows started their first changemaker ventures before the age of 21.

Building a Networked Movement with Key Partners

At Ashoka, we are working every day to build and cultivate a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together with the Ashoka Young Changemakers and Ashoka Fellows, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society. Among our key partners are Changemaker campuses, Changemaker schools and school districts, aligned youth-serving organizations, community leaders, schools of education, teachers’ unions, religious organizations, media partners, publishers, as well as businesses and government leaders.

Ashoka Empathy and Young Changemaking Programs

Le animamos a explorar las diversas formas en que la iniciativa Empatía en la Infancia de Ashoka apoya la creación de cambios en jóvenes y adultos. Colabore hoy con nuestros equipos dedicados al avance de un mundo donde "Todos Somos Agentes de Cambio":

Escuelas Transformadoras

Las Escuelas Transformadoras de Ashoka brindan un entorno que permite a los estudiantes crecer como agentes de cambio: niños y jóvenes con las habilidades y la confianza para cambiar el mundo para el bien de todos.
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Ashoka LeadYoung

LeadYoung es una iniciativa de storytelling que busca demostrar el poder que tiene un joven que ha identificado un problema, que ha formado y liderado a un equipo y que ha puesto en marcha una solución. Estas historias ayudan a que todos vean una nueva realidad; que todo está cambiando y que esto...
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Ashoka U

​Ashoka U está trabajando a nivel institucional para hacer una diferencia en la educación de millones de estudiantes, a partir de la visión de Ashoka de un mundo donde Todos Somos Líderes de Cambio. Colaboramos con los colegios y las universidades para derribar las barreras al cambio institucional y...
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