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