Thursday, 18 October 2012

Ashoka Changemakers Launched Global Competition for Social Intrapreneurship



Ashoka Changemakers® launched The League of Intrapreneurs: Building Better Business from the Inside Out, an online competition to find employees within multi-national corporations that are applying entrepreneurial skill sets to create positive social and environmental impact. The competition’s convening sponsor is Accenture, the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

Although the concept of intrapreneurship is not new, it is now being applied to employees that are finding innovative ways to align business objectives with societal needs. This competition is supported by a unique collaboration between the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, Glaxo-Smith Kline, Standard Chartered, and Imaginals.

The League of Intrapreneurs competition seeks social intrapreneurs who are pioneering new projects that have the capacity to transform business and society. These projects can include innovations in product development, supply chain management, human capital, or business models. Successful examples of social intrapreneurship have included employee-driven models like Vodafone’s M-Pesa, a mobile banking service with more than 17 million customers in Kenya.

“Social intrapreneurs are among the most important catalysts for improving the social and environmental impact of large organizations,” said Gib Bulloch, executive director of Accenture Development Partnerships. “Fifty-plus of the largest 100 economies in the world are businesses, and just one degree of change instigated from the bottom up by a social intrapreneur can make a huge difference to communities reached by those companies.”
Participants can submit entries until December 5, 2012 at changemakers.com/intrapreneurs. The top 15 entrants from the competition will form the inaugural class of the League of Intrapreneurs, becoming part of an elite global network of changemakers.
An expert panel of judges will select three winning entries from the League, and the community will vote to determine one additional winning entry. Winners will be announced in April 2013.

PRIZES

Early Entry Prizes

Entries received by October 24, 2012 will be eligible to win $1,000 and a feature story about their project on FastCo.Exist. The Early Entry Prize winner will be announced on November 7, 2012. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, nor guarantee finalist status. The Early Entry Prize winner may continue to revise their entry up until the competition close. All entries will be evaluated on an equal basis at the completion of the entry period according to the Changemakers criteria.

Grand Prizes

The top 15 entrants from the competition will form the inaugural class of the League of Intrapreneurs, becoming part of an elite global network of changemakers. These entrants will also receive media and press recognition and will be featured in the publication of a globally distributed intrapreneur toolkit. Of this league, the top four winners will be profiled in Fast Company’s blog, Co.EXIST, and will receive consulting support from Accenture Development Partnerships to further their work.

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About Ashoka Changemakers

Ashoka Changemakers is a community of action that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other.  Through its online collaborative competitions and open-source process, Changemakers.com is one of the world’s most robust spaces for launching, discussing, and funding ideas to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade history and belief that we all have the ability to be a Changemaker.

Contact Information:
Lauren Parnell Marino  
lmarino@changemakers.com

 @Asia, contact Indrani Sharma, isharma@ashoka.org or SMS her on +91 9560855522 



Thursday, 23 August 2012

Nokia partners with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women & MTN Nigeria to bring Business Women Service via Nokia Life to Nigeria


August 23rd, 2012 – As part of its mission to connect the next billion people to relevant information and the internet, Nokia, in partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and MTN Nigeria, today announced a new Nokia Life service that will provide essential business and entrepreneurship tips to women entrepreneurs in Nigeria. The service, Business Women, will be the latest addition to the Nokia Life service portfolio.

Women entrepreneurs are faced with significant barriers to scaling up their businesses, including access to affordable resources, marketing channels and training inputs. The Business Women service aims to address this imbalance, by providing essential business and entrepreneurship tips, delivered via SMS to mobile phones with the Nokia Life service. Research conducted by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation, showed that 93% of women entrepreneurs in Nigeria were willing to use a valued-added mobile service like Business Women to address the core challenges they face in their business; and 75% of them felt that addressing these challenges would lead to a significant increase in the value of their business [“Mobile Value Added Services: A Business Growth Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs”, May 2012].

By partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to make the Business Women service a reality, Nokia re-affirms its commitment to connect people to opportunities, including making women a larger part of the next billion people to be connected.

Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, said partnering with Nokia on the Business Women service is a ‘welcome development’.

Giving women the chance to become financially independent and make the most of their talents is the key to higher living standards for them and their families,” said Mrs. Blair. “With the extensive reach of Business Women through Nokia Life and content tailored especially for Nigerian women entrepreneurs, this new service has the potential to empower thousands of women business owners.”

James Rutherford, Vice President of Nokia West Africa, said, “Working with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is a key milestone on our journey to connect the next billion people to relevant information. Nokia Life is by far the world’s largest mobile information services suite helping consumers in emerging markets learn, live, and share information better. The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women invests in women entrepreneurs to build and expand their businesses, and in doing so, benefit not only themselves but also their families and communities. We are delighted to partner with the Foundation to provide Nigerian women with the best information available to help grow their businesses.’’

Leading telecommunications provider, MTN Nigeria, will provide the service free of charge for an initial period of subscription to Nigerian women. Sifiso Dabengwa, President and Chief Executive Officer, MTN Group, said, “We are confident that MTN customers will enjoy the Business Women service, which has the potential to enrich many people’s lives.”

Business Women was unveiled today in Nigeria at an event that included the participation of Cherie Blair, top female entrepreneurs, women’s associations and local students.

*Ashoka Changemakers and Cherie Blair Foundation are network partners. Visit www.changemakers.com for more social innovations and innovators from around the world. 

Tuesday, 31 July 2012




Join us on August 1, 2012 for a new #SocEntChat about women & technology @2pm IST.

Life for women and girls in the 21st century can be a challenge. Every day, millions of women worldwide deal with a gender and technology divide that leaves them “underrepresented at every level” of the pyramid. But change is on the horizon as awareness of this issue grows.

E-learning initiatives are helping to make education more inclusive, particularly for women in low- and middle-income countries; civil society organizations and for-profit businesses are also getting involved by encouraging women to consider careers in tech-focused fields, from engineering to design.

So what’s next for the women of the world? And how can technology help?

For answers to those questions (and more) join Ashoka Changemakers and Intel Corporation this Wednesday, August 1, at 2 p.m. IST (10:30 a.m. GMT+2) , for a Twitter-based #SocEntChat about technology for women, by women. (Click here to convert to your local time.)

Special guests include Telecentre.org (@telecentreorg), Women 2.0 (@women2), kiraChix (@AkiraChixs) and Waaw Foundation (@waawfoundation).

Do visit the She Will Innovate competition and participate!

What is a #SocEntChat and how does it work?

A #SocEntChat is a real-time, Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship that focuses on specific issues, areas, themes, and events. It is designed for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, journalists, and supporters to share ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring deeper exploration.

Joining the conversation is easy. Just log-in to Twitter at 2 p.m. IST on Wednesday, August 1. Then:

Use the #SocEntChat hashtag to make your comments visible in the stream. Go to TweetChat, login with your Twitter account and follow the #SocEntChat hashtag to keep up with the conversation.
Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.
Send your questions to @changemakers without the hashtag (to keep them out of the stream) so they can be considered for this conversation.
Please remember to use the #SocEntChat hashtag, stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun!
And be sure to invite your friends and followers to join the discussion, too; the best way is to post a tweet like this one:

Let’s bridge the gender&technology divide! 1/8 2-3:30pm IST w/ @changemakers @akirachix @waawfoundation @telecentreorg #SocEntChat #girltech

If you are unable to attend the live event, a recap of the chat highlights and a transcript of the conversation will be made available.

Catch you on the Twittermachine, changemakers!

Tags: Girls' development, Information & communication technology, she will innovate, Women's issues

Friday, 20 July 2012

Be Part of the G20: Join the G2012 Mexico Financial Inclusion Twitter Conference



More than half of the world’s adults currently lack access to affordable and secure financial services. High transaction costs, physical barriers, and difficult loan agreements prevent many marginalized and underserved communities from building more prosperous futures.


How can we include everyone in the formal financial sector? How can getting all citizens access to savings accounts, credit, insurance, and other services to improve their standard of living?


Help solve these pressing questions: Join us on Wednesday, July 25th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST for a #SocEntChat on Financial Inclusion for Inclusive Growth.


In this six-hour, multilingual Twitter conference, you can discuss your ideas and chat with expert panelists about solutions from all over the world. The #SocEntChat will include three back-to-back sessions: Technology & Financial Inclusion, Financing Livelihoods, and The Future of Financial Inclusion Innovation.


This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with innovators and thought-leaders!


To get ready for the conversation, check out the latest challenge on Changemakers, G2012 Mexico Financial Inclusion: Innovative Solutions for Unlocking Access, launched in partnership with the G2012 Mexico. This global competition will award US $100,000 to the best solution that knocks down the barriers to financial inclusion.


What is a #SocEntChat and how does it work?


A #SocEntChat is a real-time, Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship focused on a specific theme. It is designed for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, journalists, and supporters to share their ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring deeper exploration.


Joining the conversation is easy. Just log-in to Twitter at 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. Then:
  • Use the #SocEntChat and #G2012FinIncl hashtags to make your comments visible in the stream. During #SocEntChat, use search.twitter.com or an application like Tweetdeck (www.tweetdeck.com) or thwirl (www.thwirl.com) to follow the hashtags and keep up with the conversation.
  • Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.
  • Send your questions to @changemakers without the hashtag (to keep them out of the stream) to have them considered for the conversation.
Please remember to use the #SocEntChat and #G2012FinIncl hashtags, stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun! And be sure to invite your friends and followers to join the discussion, too.


Catch you all on Twitter: http://tweetchat.com/room/SocEntChat!


You can also enter your solution or nominate an organization in the G2012 Mexico Financial Inclusion competition today!
Photo Credit: N. Raghav & Raman Taneja
Sponsors:
Tags: financial inclusion, socentchat, Technology

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

#PowerofSmall #SocEntChat, July 18th @1:30pm IST: Supporting Entrepreneurs That Strengthen Local Economies


Join Ashoka Changemakers and SAP on Wednesday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CET (1.30 p.m. IST), for a Twitter-based #SocEntChat about innovative strategies that help small businesses and emerging social entrepreneurs thrive in underserved communities. Special guests Rob Henning, co-founder and partner at Entrepreneurial Solutions Partner, Ayan Bannerjee, CEO of Chetna Organics, Fajar Anugerah (@fajaranugerah) Program Manager of GEPI (Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia), and Alex van der Ploeg, Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP, will join the conversation.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of robust and diversified local economies. But to thrive, small businesses face a myriad of challenges, especially in the places where they are needed most—struggling and underserved communities.

Access to capital, qualified employees, and a strong customer base are key for the growth of young businesses. And emerging entrepreneurs often can’t expand their capacity without mentorship and training. Many small businesses are also seeking to make a social impact and benefit their communities, but lack the resources or knowhow to align their processes to these goals.

The solutions to unlocking the tremendous potential of small businesses and entrepreneurs are out there. We want to hear about what’s happening in your community. What challenges exist, what’s working, and where are the opportunities for innovation?

Lets hear everyone's thoughts and views. Join the community chat on twitter. Here's the shortcut to our session tomorrow at 1:30pm IST: http://tweetchat.com/room/SocEntChat

Catch you all on Twitter, @changemakers!

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What is a #SocEntChat and how does it work?

A #SocEntChat is a real-time, Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship that focuses on specific issues, areas, themes, and events. It is designed for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, journalists, and supporters to share ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring deeper exploration.

Joining the conversation is easy. Just log-in to Twitter at 10 a.m. CET (1.30pm IST) on Wednesday, July 18. Then:

Use the #SocEntChat hashtag to make your comments visible in the stream. Use search.twitter.com or an application like TweetChat to follow the #SocEntChat hashtag and keep up with the conversation.
Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.
Send your questions to @changemakers without the hashtag (to keep them out of the stream) so they can be considered for this conversation.
Please remember to use the #SocEntChat hashtag, stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun!
And be sure to invite your friends and followers to join the discussion, too; the best way is to post a tweet like this one:

Let’s find ways to create vibrant local economies w/ @changemakers on July 18 from 10am-12pm CET. Spread the word! #SocEntChat #powerofsmall

If you are unable to attend the live event, a recap of the chat highlights and a transcript of the conversation will be made available.


Friday, 15 June 2012

ChangeWire: Ashoka India is The Samsung Innovation Quotient's ...

ChangeWire: Ashoka India is The Samsung Innovation Quotient's ...: The Samsung Innovation Quotient (SIQ), presented by CNBC TV18, in association with Samsung, is back for a second season for a nationwide h...

Ashoka India is The Samsung Innovation Quotient's Social Impact Partner


The Samsung Innovation Quotient (SIQ), presented by CNBC TV18, in association with Samsung, is back for a second season for a nationwide hunt to recognize and reward innovations in development. Ashoka India comes on board as Social Impact Partner.

This is a great opportunity for social entrepreneurs with social businesses and for-profit models to have their innovations and products recognized. Participation invited from India wide network of Changemakers.

For more information on how to participate, and the eligibility criteria, do click here.

The deadline for entries is June 30, 2012.

Get your network to spread the word so that more people get access to this opportunity.

Your any support or queries, write to isharma@ashoka.org.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Join us on June 06, 2012 @2pm IST for Ashoka Changemakers and Action For India’s #SocEntChat on ‘Scaling Innovations’ …


Save the date! Ashoka Changemakers® together with Action For India will host a #SocEntChat on scaling innovations particularly for early stage social entrepreneurs or aspiring innovators on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. IST (@ Indian Standard Time). To join, log on to twitter and use hashtag #scalinginnov. 


Topic of the #SocEntChat: Scaling Early Stage Social Innovations in India  
Shortcut to the tweet room: http://tweetchat.com/room/SocEntChat 


Scaling ventures is a challenge that all entrepreneurs face. This challenge becomes vital to social enterprises where the scale of their impact becomes imperative to the success of their social mission. Ashoka Changemakers along with Action For India is organizing a Twitter based virtual forum (#scalinginnov) to explore various aspects that surrounds growth challenges for early stage social enterprises. We will be looking at some of the challenges associated with resources and strategies in an Indian context.


Join us on June 06, 2012 @2pm IST as we hear from successful social and green entrepreneurs who have managed to scale their impact and grown despite the challenges they face. They will share the tools and strategies they used to achieve this growth. The conference will also see participation from industry experts who will share the role of technology in scaling socially responsible ventures.  
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Action for India has launched the Growth Prize Competition on Ashoka Changemakers platform for Indian Social Innovators and enterprises. The purpose of the Growth Prize Competition is to identify social entrepreneurs who demonstrate constant success or progress in scaling—or preparing to scale—their ventures and impact. The Competition deadline is now extended until June 18, 2012. The Competition is open for social entrepreneurs working in the field of education, healthcare, agriculture, energy and livelihoods. 


One Winner in each category will receive INR 5,00,000 in funding, plus a bundle of free IT, legal, financial and consulting services. All participants would also benefit from the competition process and engagement plan during the next six months and will be invited to the 2013 AFI National Forum.


If you are a young social innovator with an idea, product or enterprise that addresses a social problem in India, we want to hear from you!  Connect with AFI on twitter at #scalinginnov and ask for more information. Visit Action For India Community at http://www.changemakers.com/community/afi to set up a Changeshop, and participate in the Growth Prize Competition before June 18th, 2012, 5pm EST. Don’t wait... GET STARTED NOW!
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What is #SocEntChat and how does it work? 

A #SocEntChat is a real-time, Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship that focuses on various issues, areas, themes, and events. It is designed for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, journalists, and supporters to share their ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring deeper exploration.


Joining the conversation is easy. Just log-in to Twitter at 2 p.m. IST on June 06, 2012 and then:

  • Use the #SocEntChat hashtag to make your comments visible in the stream. During #SocEntChat use search.twitter.com or an application like Tweetdeck (www.tweetdeck.com) or thwirl (www.thwirl.com) to follow the #SocEntChat hashtag and keep up with the conversation. We recommend using Tweetchat, an application that makes taking part in a Twitter chat easy.
  • Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.
  • Send your questions to @changemakers with the hashtag #scalinginnov 

Please remember to use the #scalinginnov hashtag, stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun! And be sure to invite your friends and followers to join the discussion, too. Here is a sample tweet:


Tweet 1: Join @changemakers on June 06 @2pm for an intriguing #SocEntChat on Scaling Social Enterprises. 
Tweet 2: Spread the word & save the date – June 06 @2pm IST, #SocEntchat on #scalinginnov. Do join in and invite others. 


If you are unable to attend the live event, a recap of this online event and a transcript of the conversation will be made available at http://changewire.blogspot.in/. 


Catch you all on Twitter: http://tweetchat.com/room/SocEntChat


P.S. Don’t forget to enter the AFI’s Growth Prize Competition at http://www.changemakers.com/community/afi before June 18, 2012, 5pm EST. 

Friday, 4 May 2012

Call for Entries for the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” India 2012 Awards


Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship are pleased to invite entries for the prestigious ‘Social Entrepreneur of The Year’ Award 2012 for India. 

Start Up! an angel investor and advisor to social entrepreneurs will manage the outreach, due diligence and jury presentation of the Awards on behalf of the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation.

Social entrepreneurs working to create large-scale systemic change through innovative approaches are invited to log in at http://www.schwabfoundseoy.org/en/account/login to apply for the awards before May 30, 2012.  

Applicants can also download the application form and view the selection criteria, the selection process and read about the benefits of the Award by visiting http://www.schwabfoundseoy.org/india  or http://www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com/recognising-social-entrepreneurs.html.

The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates leading social entrepreneurs who are diligently building solutions for unaddressed communities to ensure inclusive and equitable growth. The finalists of the Award are selected after an intensive search and selection process including expert reviews, site visits and a presentation before a high-powered jury. The winner of the Award this year will be announced at a ceremony coinciding with the India Economic Summit in November 2012 in New Delhi.

Social Entrepreneurs are innovators who implement practical and sustainable solutions to address challenges of inclusive growth in unaddressed segments. They build and scale innovations in such intractable areas as health, education, environment, job creation and access to technology. Whether they set up for-profit entities, hybrid social ventures or not-for-profit organizations, their primary focus is large-scale transformational social change. Social entrepreneurs build revenue streams for their ventures through the sale of products and services, fees or by developing key partnerships with the public sector and philanthropists to achieve sustainability.

The Award Benefits - All finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2012 will be invited to participate in the India Economic Summit in November 2012 in New Delhi. The winner will join Schwab Foundation’s global community of social entrepreneurs, and will participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum, which offer unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media and academic sectors.

The Winner and Finalists of the 2011 Awards - In 2011, Ms Neelam Chhiber of Industree Crafts Pvt Ltd. (Brand- Mother Earth) and Industree Crafts Foundation received the Award from Mr. Prithvi Raj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Planning, Science, Technology and Earth Sciences of India.

According to Ms Chibber, “The SEOY 2011 award was an extremely significant recognition of India's artisanal sector. The award put the spotlight on one of India's largest asset bases, a highly skilled and talented mass of more than 40 million people, scattered across 6 lakh villages with no common voice.”

She further added, “Full credit goes to Jubilant Bhartia Foundation for partnering with the Schwab Foundation to provide social entrepreneurs of India timely exposure and connections with policy makers, media and other potential partners.” 

The finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2011 included Matthew Spacie of Magic Bus, Gyanesh Pandey of Husk Power Systems and Sudesh Menon of Waterlife India Pvt Ltd. 

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a sister organization of the World Economic Forum. The Foundation provides unique regional and global platforms to promote social entrepreneurship as a key element to advancing societies and addressing social problems innovatively and effectively. It also fosters a close-knit community of social entrepreneurs for idea exchange and replication of best practices. 

Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF)  established in 2007, is the not for profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, health care programs, cultural and sports events, an environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities. Since 2010, JBF has collaborated with the Schwab Foundation to provide leading Indian social entrepreneurs unparalleled platforms and connections with business and government at the national level.

For more information contact:
Start Up!: Manisha Gupta – 9810414441 & Saloni Gupta - 8800322658

Sunday, 29 April 2012

A UNIQUE REAL TIME INNOVATION CONFERENCE ON TWITTER


On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 9:00am EST/14:00 GMT to 4:00pm EST/21:00 GMT, the Rockefeller Foundation will host a #RF100 Twitter Conference focused on the three issue areas of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2012 Innovation Challenges – Farming Now, Irrigation Efficiency and Decoding Data. @ContextPartners to moderate the online event!

Invitation extended to all innovators, practitioners, students, experts, journalists, activists, content-creators, communicators, and anyone interested in the issues pertaining to the following timely and pertinent issues:
·         Farming Now: Supporting young people to enter and stay in farming as a profession
·         Irrigating Efficiency: Scaling or improving agricultural water use efficiency
·         Decoding Data: Using data to create change that improves the lives of poor or vulnerable communities in cities

Join any time during the conference by logging onto twitter. It’s your chance to share your thoughts, ideas, challenges, and perspectives on these issues and to connect with innovators and thought-leaders. Show your support to this unique online forum by promoting the event, here is a sample tweet you can use:

< JOIN @RockefellerFdn at #RF100 Twitter Conference on May 2, 2012 @9am EST onwards. View details at http://centennial.rockefellerfoundation.org/pages/innovation-challenges-twitter-conference >


How does it work?
A Twitter Conference is an extended Twitter chat that is a real-time discussion focused on a specific theme. It is designed to bring together various stakeholders (from social entrepreneurs and innovators, to funders and media) to share ideas, discuss best practices, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring more exploration. It is also a great way to connect with colleagues and supporters around the globe!

How to participate?
1.                   Log on to twitter (if you don’t have an account, create one – its free)
2.                   Follow @RockefellerFdn for tweets and updates related to the chat.
3.                   During the chat use search.twitter.com or an application like Tweetdeck or TweetChat to follow the #RF100 hashtag and keep up with the conversation.
4.                   Enter the discussion anytime by tagging your tweets with #RF100.
5.                   Here is the shortcut to the Twitter Conference room: http://tweetchat.com/room/rf100




Source: Rockefeller Foundation: http://centennial.rockefellerfoundation.org/challenge



Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Zoom in on Change Photo & Images Contest




Ashoka Changemakers invites you to join in as a visual storyteller through your high quality, compelling imagery that shows the innovation and inspiration in ideas, projects, and communities around the world.
Our Zoom in on Change contest   http://www.changemakers.com/ZoomChange is about photos that show change happening at the moment the shutter is clicked and illustrate an emerging trend. You can also submit creative imagery such as illustrations and composites.

Changemakers.com is all set to get more interactive with Campaigns, this May 2012. Come join in, beginning with your best images. Then stick around to be part of the ongoing story of change through your images, participation in conversations, by exploring ideas and insights—and by taking part in the action opportunities that will allow you to amplify global movements for change.

You may submit more than one image to us via only one of these social media streams by April 25, 2012. Pick a platform that is most convenient for you —keeping in mind we are using the audience’s response to pick the winners.
·         Twitter—tweet the image using the hashtag #ZoomChange
·         Facebook—post your photo on our Facebook Fan page wall: Ashoka Changemakers (make sure to go our fan page at the link)
·         Pinterest—tweet us @changemakers or email us (mystory@changemakers.com) a link to your Pinterest account so we can invite you to pin on Changemakers’ collaborative board, Zoom in on Change
·         Flickr—Join our Zoom in on Change group to submit your images

Winning photos will be those that by 5 p.m. EDT April 27, 2012 have received the most likes, favourites, re-tweets, or re-pins on the social media platform used to enter. So get your friends and networks to support your visual storytelling prowess!

To know more about the prizes and photo themes visit: http://www.changemakers.com/ZoomChange
Disclaimer: By entering the competition, you confirm that you are the owner of the copyright to the image(s) and grant Changemakers the right to publish your image(s) and reuse them to promote social change.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Ashoka Changemakers Joins Sankalp Forum 2012 as Online Partners

Ashoka Changemakers is proud to announce its partnership with Sankalp Forum that will bring its community from South Asia preferred access to the annual Sankalp Summit, along with exclusive Investor-Entrepreneur Clinic and a Mentoring Pitstop, hosted simultaneously alongside the Summit.
Lockup_summit2012The annual Sankalp Summit is one of Asia’s largest collaborative platforms to bring together social enterprises, impact investors, policy makers, academicians, and other market makers. Initiated in 2009 with the vision of catalyzing impact investments into social enterprises globally, the forum today has evolved into a community of over 350 social enterprises, over 300 investors and 300 sector stakeholders.
Sankalp’s 4 key round-the-year services are designed to address scale-up challenges that social enterprises face regularly i.e. Access to Finance, Capacity Building, Knowledge and Talent Gap. In 3 years, over 150 social enterprises have benefited from our services.
Apart from programmatic diversification, Sankalp in 2012 will expand to include path-breaking models from South East Asia. This year, the summit will also delve deeper into the evolution of urban business models in South Asia, and what it means for under-served urban markets.
Sankalp’s key success also lies in sourcing a strong deal flow pipeline year on year, through the Sankalp Awards. Vetted by the best investment houses globally, 30 investible, high-impact enterprises from India and South East Asia will be showcased at the forum. The annual Summit that witnesses over 700 participants will be held from April 11-13, at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai, this year. The agenda for the Summit can be viewed here.
Sankalp Summit is offering a special discount for Ashoka Fellows and members of the Ashoka Changemakers community this year. Click here to register, and use the code ASHOKA2012 to get 35% off on the registration fee. To know more about how you can benefit from the services we're offering at Sankalp Summit, please write to sankalpforum@intellecap.com
Ashoka Changemakers is a community of action that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other. Through its online collaborative competitions and Open Growth platform, Changemakers.com is one of the world’s most robust spaces for launching, discussing, and funding ideas to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade history and belief that we all have the ability to be a Changemaker. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—more than 2,500 men and women with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Visit www.changemakers.com. 

Friday, 23 March 2012

#StartEmpathy – Summary of twitter based #SocEntChat held on March 20, 2012

 Ashoka Changemakers organized Twitter based #SocEntChat about ‘Activating Empathy’ for the Asian audience on 20th March 2012. This online discussion was part of Ashoka Changemakers latest collaborative competition titled Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters. This competition seeks to spark greater collaboration among efforts such as those that encourage social and emotional development, address bullying in ways that advance understanding of others’ perspectives, promote community diversity and respect for differences, or champion children as real-world problem-solvers.

Empathy is more than just awareness and concern. It is about cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution. It’s about the ability to communicate effectively and understand the motivations of others. Empathy is about standing up, not standing by, uncovering what’s below the surface through active listening and putting words into action. This is why Ashoka is launching a global initiative to ensure that children master empathy, enabling them to be effective citizens, leaders and trailblazers.

The panelists for the session were:

- Sonal Kapoor, Founder, Protsahan India Foundation, India. Protsahan India Foundation is a youth led & run organization working with street children [sexually abused, drug abused, at-risk] and marginalized women through Art & ICT. Their strategic focus areas are creative education and skill development.

- Pankaj Dubey, Founder, Spriha, India: With an idea and motivation to utilise his education and experience in media and communication, Pankaj took up the cause of ‘Empathy Building’ in children irrespective of their social and economic background. He has designed and actualised India’s first travelling street film festival for children in slums and villages by the name of ‘Sadak Chhap Film Fest’ to reach out to the children with limited means.

- Reggi Kayong Munggaran, Ashoka Fellow, Indonesia: Reggi Kayong Munggaran is organizing marginalized youth to serve as changemaker, spearheading the development of much-needed improvements in the physical and social infrastructures of the areas in which they reside.

- Syinc, Singapore. Syinc is a nonprofit in Singapore that enables young people to act as agents of social change - in ways that are effective and creative. Through networking and capacity building, Syinc is creating a community of youth equipped with the skills necessary for driving social change.

-Hammad Anwar, Rabtt, Pakistan. Rabbt which literally means ‘connection’ in Urdu, is a voluntary youth organization that aims to promote independent and critical thinking through educational camps, bringing together students and mentors from different classes of society in an environment free of judgement and control, introducing new fields of knowledge and broadening the scope of future possibilities for students.

The session began by defining and understanding what empathy means. The aim was to bring out diverse point of views to understand empathy in all its depth and manifestations. Panelists and participants shared their thoughts on what empathy meant to them. “Empathy is putting yourself in others' shoes. You take someone else's problems and make them your own”, said PA Nepal which is an organization that helps disadvantaged Nepali prisoners and their dependent children achieve a better future.

The session then focused on some of the steps that can be taken to cultivate and encourage empathy among children. Creativity,  social responsibility, creating a nurturing environment, awareness were some of the tools that our participants suggested to encourage empathy. Some innovative approaches like caring for animals, films, imagery and music were also brought forward. “By devicing innovative ways of inculcating empathy and by joining dots of peer, provider, parents, platform will encourage empathy”, added panelist Pankaj Dubey.

The conversation later moved on to some of the obstacles in cultivating empathy. Unsupportive parenting and learning practices, lack of role models, lack of awareness and discouragement of creativity were seen as some of the biggest obstacles in encouraging empathy among children. The role of online space & new technologies to cultivate empathy in children was the next topic of discussion. Connected classrooms, apps, games, chatroulettes for kids and social media can play a role in inculcating empathy among kids. “Why should we just have games like Farmville on Facebook? We should have games related to charity, helping others etc too!” said Pankaj Dubey on the role games could play in encouraging empathy.

The panelists and participants then discussed some of the successful examples of initiatives that encourage empathy among children - Magic Bus in India , Door Step School, Spriha and viral KONY video.

Please click here to have a look at the Storify Summary of the Twitter chat and visit ‘Activating Empathy’ competition to participate.


Monday, 19 March 2012

#SocEntSummit #ChangemakeHERS Now Forms an Online Community!




Ashoka Changemakers hosted a 12-hour Twitter-based social entrepreneurship summit using the hashtags #SocEntSummit and #ChangemakeHERS, on March 06, 2012, as a curtain raiser to International Women’s Day. The #SocEntSummit is part of Ashoka Changemakers’ effort to form interactive virtual communities to dialogue, share and support common causes, goals and actions. The first in the series of real time virtual mega events, #ChangemakeHERS attracted over 700 unique participants across 6 thematic sessions, engaging 6 moderating expert organizations, and over 20 thematic experts across the globe. An analysis of the last 1500 tweets of the chat (more than 2500 tweets were tweeted during the summit) revealed that the total reach of the summit was 24,407,939 impressions (based on TweetReach report.).

Women social entrepreneurs, organizations working in the area of women’s development, professionals and students were among the participants who took part in the online forum.

The #ChangemakeHERS #SocEntSummit is part of Ashoka Changemakers online initiative to recognize the role women play in social development. Titled #ChangemakeHERS, the campaign will use Changemakers’ blog, media partners and social media channels to share and discuss issues related to women and changemaking. People interested to follow the discussions can be part of the conversation by following the hashtag #ChangemakeHERS on Twitter.

The summit was divided into 6 sessions, each related to a specific theme. Each theme had a set of moderators and panellists discussing few key questions related to the theme while various people participated and shared their thoughts by tweeting with the hashtag #SocEntSummit on Twitter.

Session 1: Women as Change Leaders

The first session at #SocEntSummit was on 'Women as Change Leaders' which was moderated by AshokaIndia (@ashokaindia). The session focused on the role of women as change leaders. They also discussed some of the barriers that women social entrepreneurs face and possible solutions.

The panellists were:
- Supriya Sankaran @supriyasankara, Ashoka India
- Ashoka Fellow HasinaKharbhih @hasinakharbhih
- Ashoka Fellow Biplab Paul @biplabketanpaul
- Ashoka Fellow Jessica Mayberry @videovolunteers
- Ashoka Fellow ShilpiKapoor @shilpi_kapoor
- Renee Singh @reneesingh18, Public Speaker and Writer
- PrernaBindra @prernabindra, Environmental Journalist
- Helga Worotitjan @Helgaworotitjan, Indonesia

Click here to read the storify summary of the first session.

Session 2: Livelihood and Financial Inclusion

The second session was moderated by Lina Sonne (@mssonne) and Dipika Prasad (@dipikaprasad) on behalf of advisory firm Intellecap. The session focused on ‘Livelihood and Financial inclusion’. The session focused on issues related to entrepreneurship, financial rights and empowerment.

The panellists were:
- KhalidaBrohi @sugharwomen, Founder of Sughar Women, Pakistan
- SharadShrestha @sharadbshrestha, Nepal Library Foundation
- SaniaNishtar @SaniaNishtar, Founder of Heartfile (health initiative)
- Jaipur Rugs Foundation @jaipurrugs, India 

Click here to read the storify summary of the second session.

Session 3: Innovation

The third session was moderated by the Viewspaper (@theviewspaper) and focused on ‘Innovation’. The session explored topics related to creativity, ideas and innovation in the realm of social and women issues.

The panellists were:
-SonalKapoor@ArtForCause, Protsahan India Foundation
- Ruche Mittal @hen_india, Her Enpreneurial Network
- Innovation Alchemy @innovachemy, India
- IFC South Asia @IFC_SouthAsia
- Soil India @SOILIndia

Click here to read the storify summary of the 3rd session on innovation.

Session 4: Women and Technology

The session on ‘Women and Technology’ was moderated by Emily Tav (@emilytav) who is the creative strategist at iStrategyLabs. The panellists and participants discussed how technology is playing a role in enabling women changemakers and how women are developing and using technology for development.

The panellists were:
- GauravBakshi @iGauravBakshi, Actor, Businessman, Social Activist and founder of Bharat Jagran Trust (Recipient of Citizen Journalist CNN IBN Award 2011)
- Aulia Halimatussadiah @ollie, Renowned Writer in Indonesia
- Indonesian Future Leaders @ifutureleaders
- Fountain of Hope Africa @fountainofhopeA
- Ruche Mittal @hen_india, Her Enpreneurial Network
- MalgorzataWojcik @wojcikmm, UK

Click here to read the summary of the session on technology.

Session 5: Women Empowerment - Education, Health and Awareness

The fifth session was on ‘Women Empowerment – Education, Health and Awareness’ and was moderated by KnowledgeBeat (@knowledgebeat). The session saw discussions about women’s empowerment, focusing on key areas of education and health.

The panellists were:
- Dr. Ruchi Bhatt @drruchibhatt, Founder of Health Cursor
- Ashoka Fellow Tatiana Frazer @tatiana_frase
- Shauna Carey, Room to Read @RoomtoRead
- TejNuthulaganti, Clinton Health Access Initiative
- John Gershman, Clinical Associate Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Participatory Development Initiative @PDIPakistan

Click here to read the storify summary of the session moderated by KnowledgeBeat.

Session 6: Women and Landrights

The last session, session 6, moderated by Omidyar Network @OmidyarNetwork was on ‘Women and Landrights’. The session saw the panellists and participants discuss issues related to women and land rights, a subject rarely discussed on large forums but a critical issue globally.

The panellists were:
- Susan Davis @SusanDavisBRAC, President and CEO of BRAC
- Tim Hanstad @TimHanstad, President and CEO of Landsea Global
- Stephanie Cohn Rupp @StephCohnRupp, Investment Principal at Omidyar Network, who leads their property rights initiative

Click here to read the storify summary of the session moderated by Omidyar Network.

Taking action....
As the event concluded successfully, our sincere request to all the participants and our global community is to continue the use of hashtag #ChangemakeHERS throughout the year 2012 to dialogue, share ideas, thoughts, and impact about causes/issues around women. Also, we will soon launch our second annual HERS Campaign which will be hosted in a richer, more interactive content space that will be introduced end of this month on Changemakers.com, where we will continue to profile snippets of social innovation by women.

Do build your*ChangeShop at www.changemakers.com and join our online community http://www.changemakers.com/community/changemakehers. It’s everyone’s forum so let’s strengthen it!

*Changeshop is an open growth feature added to www.changemakers.com.