Ashoka UK Blog

Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Fri, August 1, 2014
It was our co-director, Rob Wilson, who nominated Alexander McLean, founder of the African Prisons Project (APP) as a candidate to the ‘Venture’ team. Rob and Alexander had met at University. When Rob travelled through Africa with his wife a few...
Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Wed, July 30, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt once said: “Believe you can and you are halfway there.” The UK-based social venture CanDo Coffee and the people behind it embody this philosophy. You might have already crossed paths with one of the many CanDo Coffee vans parked...
Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Wed, July 23, 2014
 The vision behind Open Knowledge reflects a widespread sentiment that big companies and governments, because they have all the information, therefore also have all the power. Open Knowledge responds to this by promoting and facilitating the...
Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Wed, July 16, 2014
The deadline for joining Lead International’s Leading for sustainability programme this year is 21 July. With the deadline fast approaching there are only a few spaces left. By joining Leading for sustainability you will learn key leadership and...
Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Fri, July 11, 2014
Shankari’s mother is a domestic worker and is the family’s bread winner earning a mere 6000 rupees a month.    She started playing football by chance but she soon found that not only was she very good at the sport, but it also...
Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Wed, July 9, 2014
This is Gaby. He is 26 years old, and had been homeless for a long time as a result of breaking ties with his father at a very young age before he became involved with homeless soccer.   On the streets, he developed a drug addiction. In 2011 he...
Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Wed, July 2, 2014
  "THE HOMELESS WORLD CUP IS ABOUT A MAJOR LIFE EXPERIENCE. YOU CREATE FRIENDSHIPS AND SET THE RIGHT ATTITUDE TO SUCCEED." Michelle was born in 1990 in one of Brazil’s favelas. All her life, Michelle has lived for football - on a courageous...
Submitted by Pauline Verhaeghe on Wed, July 2, 2014
  Rufus Pollock is building a global movement to empower people to answer the questions that matter. Questions like where do my taxes get spent to what’s the best school for my child? What’s the latest research on my medical condition? What’s...
Social entrepreneurs to discuss how mobile and social media innovations can more powerfully enable citizens to advance their own lives and society.   (Bonn, Germany-June 26, 2014) Social entrepreneurs in media are opening up access to...
Ashoka, Zermatt Summit Foundation, Fondation Guilé, DPD and Boehringer Ingelheim award 5 innovative and exemplary hybrid projects led by social-mission organizations and businesses at the Zermatt Summit, with the goal to support and give...