Blog: Tomorrow’s News

Submitted by Leah Breen on Fri, August 31, 2012
Before the January, 2011 Tunisian revolution, open government and accountability were distant concepts in Tunisia. Under the dictatorship of Ben Ali, political information was extremely inaccessible—and when it was provided, the information was...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Mon, August 27, 2012
Ashoka is partnering with Transparency International to support social entrepreneurs solving issues of corruption and poor transparency.  We’re inviting people with innovative and creative ideas to apply for this global competition.  Three...
Submitted by Leah Breen on Wed, August 8, 2012
In December 2010, Google Inc. awarded Ashoka $1 million to expand the reach of Knowledge's work, supporting leading-edge social entrepreneurs whose innovations advance knowledge citizenship. We’re thrilled now to announce five new Fellows working in...
Ashoka has recently elected Juan David Aristizábal Ospina of Colombia as a new Fellow. Juan David is the founder and president of Buena Nota, a organization that informs, engages, and connects Colombians around social problems and their solutions....
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Thu, August 2, 2012
We know this about human capital: Today, simply mastering a skill is not enough. Most skills are ephemeral, constantly eroded and devalued by change; as change accelerates, the half-life of skills diminishes. An everyone-a-changemaker world,...
Submitted by Leah Breen on Thu, July 19, 2012
If you had watched the Chilean media’s coverage of the country’s massive, student-led protests demanding an improved education system last year, you would have come away believing that the demonstrations were marred by violence and riots. But...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Fri, June 29, 2012
We think and write a lot here about the connection between knowledge and activation. Really, that linkage informs everything we do: Knowledge is powerful only inasmuch as its allows people to advance their lives, to engage powerfully in their...
Submitted by Leah Breen on Tue, June 26, 2012
Seven years after founding NewsTrust, a pioneering effort to advance quality journalism, Ashoka Fellow Fabrice Florin is handing the reins over to the Poynter Institute. Florin, formally a founding member of Apple’s Multimedia Lab, created...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Mon, April 2, 2012
Welcome to our brand-new website. You’ll notice, among other things, that the name at the top has changed: “Ashoka Knowledge.” And therein, as they say, hangs a tale.Four years ago, thanks to Knight Foundation, this initiative started out in life as...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Wed, March 28, 2012
Sanjana Hattotuwa, founder of GroundViews and a senior researcher at the Center for Policy Alternatives, has written a very thoughtful analysis of the potential social impact of Open and Big Data. What is "Big Data?" Basically, it's a huge dataset...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Wed, November 30, 2011
Yesterday, Ashoka announced the winners of Citizen Media: A Global Innovation Competition – four projects, selected by our Changemakers community from among 426 entries, that harness security technologies, crowdsourcing, crowd curation, and creative...
Submitted by Aafreen Kidwai on Tue, November 29, 2011
After four months, 426 entries, four rounds of judging, and a ton of infectious creativity (just like on “Sing-Off”!), Ashoka Changemakers has announced the four winners of Citizen Media: A Google Innovation Competition . Congratulations to...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Fri, November 11, 2011
This is a quick summary of our Changemakers colleague Jon Camfield's talk at DCWeek's Hot Tech Trends. Read more about the panel and continue the discussion over at quora. Cross-posted from Jon's blog The trend I'm most interested in right now...
Submitted by Aafreen Kidwai on Tue, October 4, 2011
Much has been written about the role of blogs and social networking sites in fuelling the Arab revolution last spring. Digital media helped mobilize protestors, promote information exchange locally and abroad and eventually led to the ouster of...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Wed, August 17, 2011
When Ashoka’s Changemakers launched Citizen Media: A Global Innovation Competition with Google a few weeks back, we were intentionally broad in our instructions – and were correspondingly unsure about how entrant would respond. “What do we mean by [...