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Ashoka at 30: Examining barriers and celebrating achievements at Ashoka’s Forum 2011

   /   May 24th, 2011News, Toronto
Since 1981, Ashoka has been providing financial and professional support to innovators intent on changing the world. To celebrate Ashoka’s 30th year in catalyzing social change, the organization is hosting the Ashoka Forum 2011 on May 26 at Toronto’s MaRS Centre. Go to the forum to learn about the work of Ashoka’s Fellows — the successes, surprises, and challenges they face in their projects. Registration can be done on the Ashoka site or at the location on the day of the event, and Dowser readers get a $50 discount by using the code “YoungSocialEntrepreneur” when registering.

The forum begins with small group dialogs to discuss and refine the skills needed to be a changemaker. “The idea for the sessions is to bring together leaders across sectors – pubic and private – to discuss these trends in social innovations and plan how they can work together to move forward,” Claudia DeSimone, who coordinates the Fellows program, told Dowser. Some of the dialog questions will be: “How can we overcome barriers in social missions?” said Celia Cruz, the director of Ashoka’s fellowship program. Or: “How can we engage corporations that share our alignments?

To give the conversations momentum for action, there is also a focus on what people are already doing to move past those challenges, Cruz said.

The evening session will be open to all and will celebrate the Ashoka Fellows past and present. The 11 new Ashoka fellows will present their ideas for creating social impact and Ashoka representatives from around the world will report back about how the “everyone a changemaker movement” is creating social innovation in their backyards.

One Response

  1. victor kossi K. Eklo says:

    my best greeting for all thank you so much for examining barriers and celebrating achievement at Ashoka’s furom 2011 i so encourage you to continue to help as the humanitarian and save our life .all my staff and community who we assisting say hello for Ashoka’s staff .

    thank you
    your sincerely victor