Social Impact Profile ™

Areas of Impact:

Ashoka envisions an Everyone A Changemaker™ world: a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change. Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers.


    Ashoka's Own Amongst Forbes' 30 Under 30

    Forbes has published their final list of 30 under 30 social entreperenuers. Ashoka is well represented with 11 of the 30 being Ashoka Fellows, Youth Venturers or current and former staff. As 2012 comes to a close, we say hats off to these young visionaries and to all changemakers in all corners of the globe. We salute you for your empathy, resilience, passion and leadership. We are that much closer to a better world because of you. Let us enjoy the holidays to come back to a new year of changemaking where each of us steps into our greatness to build communites and systems of change. Read More


    A Little Empathy Can Go a Long Way: The Bill Drayton Story

    Bill Drayton’s lifetime achievements, which include founding Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, have earned him the distinction as one of Harvard University’s 100 most influential alumni. But it all started with an elementary school newspaper. Given the hand he was dealt—a wiry frame unsuitable for contact sports and a strong distaste for math and Latin—young Bill knew he'd be in trouble if he tried to keep up with his peers. He had to play a different game; one where the cards weren’t stacked against him. So he started a school paper with stories from his classmates, funded by ads from local businesses. It was this small taste of agency—the ability to enact change—that empowered Bill and gave him the confidence to move on to bigger endeavors. Read More