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.

Nos programmes dans ce domaine

Ashoka est une organisation internationale dont les actions diffèrent dans les pays dans lesquels elle est présente, en fonction des contextes locaux. Voici les programmes développés à l'international : 

Changemaker Schools

Les Changemaker Schools d’Ashoka sont des établissements scolaires – publics, privés, urbains, ruraux, confessionnels ou non – qui font de la démocratie, de la citoyenneté et du vivre-ensemble la colonne vertébrale de leur proposition pédagogique, tout en favorisant l’acquisition des savoirs...
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Ashoka LeadYoung

LeadYoung is a storytelling initiative that aims to demonstrate the power of a young person who has identified a problem, formed and led a team, and created a solution. These stories help everyone see the new reality — that everything is changing, and this requires redefining what "growing up" means...
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Ashoka Young Changemakers

Step Up and Co-Lead the Big Change: Make everyone a giver • Make everyone powerful • Make everyone a changemaker
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Youth Venture

Youth Venture®* d’Ashoka permet aux jeunes de développer leurs compétences d’acteurs de changement, en travaillant avec les éducateurs, les écoles, les parents et les entreprises afin de créer un environnement où les jeunes sont en charge de leurs propres projets, et entrainent par là même leur...
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Ashoka U

​Ashoka U* œuvre au niveau institutionnel pour déclencher des changements dans l’éducation de millions d’étudiants, en développant la vision d’Ashoka d’un monde dans lequel « chacun est acteur de changement ». Nous travaillons en partenariat avec des universités afin d’éliminer les obstacles à ce...
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