We are deeply saddened and affected by the war in Ukraine. Once again hundreds of thousands of people are on the move, seeking refuge across Europe. Many of us are wondering with urgency what we can do to help. One of our questions is often: what is the most strategic way I can help to support long-term, systemic change? Read our open letter from Ashoka Hello Europe Initiative to explore how the Ashoka community is responding to this crisis in a systemic way. Ashoka stands in solidarity with Ukraine and all people affected by this conflict.
Please scroll down to check out this month’s newsletter for upcoming opportunities of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program and exciting events from our brilliant community 👇🏾
Refugees in Europe: How to help in a systematic way?
Are you wondering what you can do to help hundreds of thousands of people on the move, fleeing from the Ukrainian crisis? Many of us are wondering with urgency what can we do to help and what is the most strategic way I can help to support long term, systemic change. Ashoka's Hello Europe Initiative offers some brief thoughts and ideas on the kind of support we see and plan to provide over the next months and invites you to join as well.
Click here to read Hello Europe Open Letter conveying how to frame helping in the short, medium and long term, and reach out for specific information or more ideas
Our Impact 2020-2021
We are thrilled to share with you our Impact Report, covering our activities from September 2020 to August 2021. The third year of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program was a big adventure! We doubled our impact from the previous year while keeping the quality of programming as high as ever. We want to take a moment and thank you all for empowering and supporting us to build a co-learning and co-creation community to leverage changemaking in Europe and around the World.
Please click here to download the data infographic and click to here download our impact report.
What if my successor doesn’t work out? What can I learn?
The Founder of a social enterprise does many things – the visionary, the fundraiser and they bring the magic. What can we pass on from our experiences and what do you need the successor to bring? Most importantly, how do you collectively maintain the culture and mission? Inspired by the song “I Can See Clearly Now” (sung by Jimmy Cliff), we reflect on all these aspects of transition. We are delighted to announce that Rupert Roniger and Kathryn Hall-Trujillo will be speaking on this fascinating subject.
Date & Time: 11th April 2022 16:00 (BST)
Click here to register and click here to find out more about the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs.
The Masterclass consists of 9 modules to craft your own systems change strategy based on proven frameworks for scaling social impact in any sector. You’ll find new video content, up-to-date insights on applied systems thinking, a complete workbook with editable worksheets for each module, diverse case studies as well as a fresh design. Systems Change Masterclass is available both in English and Spanish. The French version is also coming soon!
Join the Ashoka Visionary Program- Empowering a New Generation of Leaders
Are you a decision maker, a leading changemaker, a professional disruptor of the status quo? Are you looking for all the tools (and an international community of peers!) to help you lead teams to the highest impact possible and create systems-changing social innovations? Apply for the next edition of the Ashoka Visionary Program in Central and Eastern Europe!
Are you passionate about healthcare and innovation?
Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim have come together to create the six-week online course: Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health. This course is part of the global “Making More Health” initiative to explore innovative pathways to improve access to healthcare for people, animals, and communities around the world.
Check out Ashoka’s brand-new ecosystem report: Supporting System Changers
How can foundations, incubators, intermediaries, support networks, funders and administrators better support them? What do leaders tackling the root causes of social problems need in order to scale their impact? Together with 20+ ecosystem partners, we share key learnings and concrete tools, hoping to spark a conversation around how to innovate we support systems changers.
Click here to download The Supporting Systems Changers report and contact us to organize local roundtables to leverage the social entrepreneurship ecosystem
The Unlonely Planet 2022: How Ashoka Fellows Accelerate an Everyone a Changemaker World?
How are Ashoka Fellows engaging individuals as changemakers? What strategies do they use to build partnerships that inspire both changemakers and solutions? How are they changing systems to create a world in which everyone can contribute, and therefore, thrive? Ashoka presents its global study of systems-changing social entrepreneurs. From creating opportunities for individuals to contribute to redefining “weaknesses” as strengths, and engaging people everywhere, they exemplify 11 core strategies required to build a world of changemakers.
Click here to check out The Unlonely Planet: 2021 Global Fellows Study and click here to watch the global presentation.
Supporting Women at Work
Uncertainty has taken a toll on our mental health and wellbeing at work for almost everyone. In many cases, the effects have been even greater for women, especially women of color. Our program partner Steelcase is committed to building a more inclusive future and is dedicated to building a culture of wellbeing. They interviewed Shannon Cohen about the unspoken truths of leadership and nurturing the longevity of leaders.
The Skoll World Forum annually convenes the social entrepreneurs and other social innovators dedicated to making large-scale progress together. The theme of the all-virtual 2022 Skoll World Forum is “Face/Forward.” In this time of uncommon struggle, with painful truths revealed, you will learn from the past and move collectively in the direction of progress.
Join the first Queer & Feminist Incubator in Europe!
BØWIE Creators offers a 6-months online incubation program that brings you all the support you need to launch or grow your LGBTIQ+ or feminist project. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an activist or just you. You’ll have the support of an international community of BØWIE alumni•æ, experts and pros to grow and help you get to wherever you need.
We are truly happy you are part of this community! If you are excited about the program, please share it with other AshokaFellows, Ashoka Young Changemakers, Ashoka Support Network (ASN) Members, Ashoka Changemaker School Leaders, Corporate or Instutional Partners of Ashoka, and other interested change leaders.