Meet the 2018 Ashoka Fellows and learn more about their work at the links below!
Idea: Brandon Dennison is showing the workforce development sector how they can pioneer new and viable economic markets while at the same time creating direct employment and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged workers, dramatically transforming a stale field and helping whole regions see and seize their potential.
Idea: Incarcerated women in the US are particularly unwell and routinely denied access to quality healthcare in a system that was designed “by men, for men”. Through Ostara, Erica Gerrity transforms the experience of health education and prison birth and – in so doing – correctional facilities themselves.
Idea: Jess has designed a new victim-centered way to report sexual assault, identify repeat offenders, and provide institutions – beginning with universities – with relevant data to guard against and respond to the problem.
Idea: Kara Bobroff is transforming education for Native American young people by building a school system that promotes academic excellence and holistic well-being through cultural and community connectedness, using a model that embraces and tailors itself to the diverse needs of diverse communities.
Idea: Katrina is transforming the U.S. funeral industry – and the lack of meaningful choices it offers - by creating and championing a dramatically new approach that reconnects death to natural cycles of life and reengages people through meaningful participation.
Lam Nguyen Ho
Idea: Lam Ho is changing the field of legal aid to make it more accessible and responsive to underserved communities and to strengthen its role as a vehicle for social justice.
Idea: Molly Burhans is transforming the way the Catholic Church and other holders of large, non-contiguous lands are able to respond to climate change and its attendant crises, using new technology tools for informed environmental planning beyond the border of the nation-state.
Idea: Paula Daniels is working to transform our food system through the nationally networked implementation of a powerful idea: the food purchasing of large institutions, which can and should better reflect society’s values of economic equity, environmental sustainability, and public health.
Idea: Through Farm Commons and starting with sustainable farmers, Rachel Armstrong is reforming legal services in a way that respects the client as a primary source of knowledge, inspiration, and solutions and helps changemakers thrive.
Idea: Regi Haslett-Marroquin engages immigrant, young, small, new and established agricultural entrepreneurs in the US in refining and championing a global model for small-scale, poultry-powered (and planet cooling), scalable regenerative agriculture system.
Idea: Rev. Steve Miller is linking historically black colleges and universities with the black church to collect and share stories of the everyday impacts of racism in the U.S., and then leveraging these alliances and stories as a way to engage religious leaders of all races in addressing racial trauma and healing across their ministries.