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ASHOKA’S NETWORK EXISTS TO GROW THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS AND GET US CLOSER
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WORLD. ASHOKA FELLOWS HIGHLIGHT THE FOLLOWING AS THE
MOST SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS THEY GET FROM THE NETWORK:
Fellows see themselves
as leading social
entrepreneurs.
Ashoka is a homecoming
for social entrepreneurs
who have been
homeless. There is no
better community that
understands and celebrates
their commitment to
cause, or the loneliness of
leadership.
Mary Gordon, Canada,
elected in 2002
Fellows now fully grasp
the transformative
potential of their idea
and seek to change
norms in their field,
at a national or
continental level.
While I had been thinking
broadly about exploring
scale prior to becoming
an Ashoka Fellow, it was
through the induction
process that I came to really
understand, and be able to
articulate, a vision for my
organization - the vision
that one day every child in
America would get to play
every day. I think the very
simplicity of the statement
belies an extraordinarily
complex understanding of
the world of changemaking
that Ashoka uniquely brings
to bear in its dealings with
Fellows all around the world.
Jill Vialet, USA,
elected in 2004
Fellows belong to a
trusted community
that shares resources
and gives them
unconditional
acceptance.
The engaged global
community of social
entrepreneurs that Ashoka
has fostered helps each one
of them to have more impact
than would have been
possible individually.
Pierre Omidyar,
eBay founder
Ashoka curates
introductions across
fields to thought leaders,
funders, business
entrepreneurs, pro-bono
partners and others to
help Fellows scale their
impact.
Ashoka has been an
unparalleled connector.
For example, Ashoka's
Twin Cities team was
instrumental in helping me
scale my work in Minnesota
by introducing me to
partners such as Twin Cities
Healthy Start and a number
of other local changemaking
organizations.
Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, USA,
elected in 2007.
Fellows gain visibility
through Ashoka’s
brand and partnerships
with news outlets and
high profile national
convenings.
Certainly as a positive
outcome of Ashoka’s
support, I was fortunate to
do an interview with Poppy
Harlow of CNNMoney about
our MicroConsignment
Model.
Greg Van Kirk, Guatemala/
USA, elected in 2008
Ashoka provides some
Fellows with a modest
stipend during the first
three years of their
fellowship, based on
need, to ensure they can
focus full-time on their
work.
When Ashoka elected me a
Fellow in November 2006,
I had been working part-
time to implement my
vision for five years. Ashoka
gave me a stipend that
allowed me to reduce the
burden of my own student
loans, cover my basic
expenses, and fully dedicate
myself to scaling Lumni.
Felipe Vergara,
Colombia/USA, elected in
2006
Ashoka identifies trends
based on a critical mass
of Fellows’ work and
engages entrepreneurs
in shaping the next
paradigm for their fields.
The only thing more
powerful than an innovative
idea in the hands of an
entrepreneur aiming to
change the world, is a
group of innovators coming
together and collaborating.
Bill Drayton, CEO, Ashoka
IDENTITY EXPANDED
VISION
PEER-TO-PEER
COMMUNITY
NETWORK
EFFECT
VISIBILITY STIPEND COLLABORATIVE
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
RAFAEL ALVAREZ - GENESYS WORKS
IMPACT
ASHOKA TRAJECTORY
º Serºes lJ slt1erls
º l ccrµcrale µarlrer ir
Houston.
º lctr1er is ccrrille1
to get GW
started and go back to
corporate
career in 5 years
YEAR
2002
º E\µar1s lc
Minneapolis/St-Paul
º Slarls çairirç ralicr-
al attention
º Ore cí crl¡ íctr
organizations honored
l¡ |resi1erl Olara al
the launch of the White
Nctse Oílce cí Sccial
Innovation
º Oµers Jr1 cílce ir
Chicago
º Serºes rearl¡ JJJ
students per year
YEAR
2008
YEAR
2009
YEAR
2010
YEAR
2011
YEAR
2012
º Serºes lJJ slt1erls
per year
º lJs cí ccrµcrale
partners in Houston
YEAR
2006
º Elecle1 Aslc|a lellcW
Identity
º Sliµer1 allcWs Raíael
to continue leading GW
past his original "5-year
plan" Stipend
º Aslc|a lellcW
Jim McCorkell plays
instrumental role in
expansion, facilitates
introductions to key
stakeholders
Peer-to-peer
community
º liralisl ir Aslc|a's
Changemakers
Competition sponsored
l¡ RRIl alctl \ctrç
Mer al Ris|
Network effect
º Aslc|a ccrrecls
GW to law firm which
redesigns their legal
structure for national
expansion
Network effect
º Sliµer1 er1s ltl lle
organization is robust;
Raíael 1ces rcl ree1 lc
return to corporate job
Expanded vision
º Aslc|a 1crcr
continues to fund
organization directly and
becomes involved on GW
board
Network effect
º Raíael is irlrc1tce1
to New Profit through
Ashoka
Network effect
º Aslc|a lellcWSttarre
McKechnie Clark, also
a member of the New
Profit portfolio, provides
clear growth guidance
lc Raíael
Peer-to-peer
community
º lealtre1 cr lcrles
lrµacl JJ lisl,
nominated by Ashoka
Visibility
º |arliciµales ir
Ashoka’s Change Nation
in Ireland; connects with
several partners
Network effect
º !lar|s lc Aslc|a's
ccrreclicr, Raíael çels
a full-page article in the
NeW \cr|er
Visibility
º Nelµs Aslc|a 1eºelcµ
global relationship with
Accenture
Network effect
º Oºer 95° cí
graduates go on to
cclleçe, &C° µersisl
aíler lsl ¡ear
º As a restll cí ircltsicr
in the Forbes list, GW
achieves first million-
dollar gift from a
corporation and starts
discussion of multi-
million dollar grants
with national funders
º 51° aºeraçe arrtal
growth in number of
students served
º Nas serºe1 l,JJJ
students since 2002
º Oeres¡s Rcr|s
integrates into New
Profit, Inc. portfolio
Rafael Alvarez is reimagining vocational education for our post-
industrial society. He recognizes that for disadvantaged high school
students having a successful first professional job in the corporate
world can change the trajectory of their life. Through Genesys Works
he provides students intensive training and meaningful internships in
technical positions at leading corporations.
JILL VIALET - PLAYWORKS
IMPACT
ASHOKA TRAJECTORY
º lctr1e1 ir Ber|ele¡,
expands to San
Francisco
YEAR
1999-
2003
º AWar1e1 $1.1 rillicr
l¡ Rclerl Rcc1 Iclrscr
lctr1alicr (RRIl) ícr
expansion
º Mcºes lc easl ccasl
- Ballircre, Bcslcr,
Washinton DC
º Receiºes RRIl çrarl
cí $l& rillicr ícr
further expansion
º Reacles lJJ sclccls
YEAR
2005
YEAR
2007-08
YEAR
2009
YEAR
2010
YEAR
2011
YEAR
2012
º AWar1e1 lrsl
Americorps contract
YEAR
2004
º Elecle1 as Aslc|a
Fellow - Aim shifts to
ensuring every child in
America plays every day
Expanded vision
ºAslc|a ccrrecls
Iill lc RRIl
Network effect
º Ocrrecle1 Will Ni|e's
Sports for Play global
initiative where she
meets Fellows from India
to Uganda to Mexico and
feels part of a global
community of kindred
spirits that enrich her
work and her life
Identity +
Peer-to-peer
community
º Iill is irºile1 lc sµea|
cr a µarel Will Bill
Drayton at the Skoll
World Forum
Visibility
º !le Aslc|a NelWcr|
acts as an entry point
for Jill's growth in the
US: Fellows from Detroit
to Houston help her
with introductions to
local foundations, by
finding local staff, and
by joining the Playworks
board
Peer-to-peer
community
º Iill is a íctr1irç
partner of Start
Erµall¡, lrirçirç ler
expertise in play to
contribute to Ashoka's
global effort to help
children master empathy
Collaborative
Entrepreneurship
º lealtre1 cr lcrles
lrµacl JJ lisl,
nominated by Ashoka
Visibility
º lealtre1 cr
ABO Occ1 Mcrrirç
Arerica, !le NeW \cr|
Times
º Reacles lJJ,JJJ
slt1erls ir JJJ
sclccls ir ZJ cilies
º |arliciµales ir
Change Nation in
Ireland where she
begins to explore
the implications
and feasibility
of international
expansion
Network effect +
Expanded vision
º Iill irlrc1tces
Ashoka to Mattel,
which becomes an
early supporter of
Slarl Erµall¡
Network Effect
º lrºile1 lc leccre
part of First Lady's Let's
Move initiative
º |arliciµales ir !e1\
San Francisco and
Clinton Global Initiative
º Reacles Z5J sclccls
º Ncsls |la¡ Or,
the first-ever
national conference
on play, in San
Francisco
Jill Vialet wants to ensure every child in America gets to play every day.
She founded Playworks to remake play in schools across the country
by providing them with a full-time "coach" who organizes games and
other structured activities during recess and after school programs.
Playworks increases physical activity, reduces bullying, and improves
the school and learning environment.
º |la¡Wcr|s Wirs lle
Ashoka Changemakers
Sports for a Better World
competition
Visibility +
Network effect
º |la¡Wcr|s sectres
national partnerships
with Mattel and New
Balarce
usa.ashoka.org
200 ASHOKA FELLOWS ACROSS THE U.S.