Belonging. We’re a home for changemakers – a peer network of visionary Ashoka Fellows, 3,500 strong and growing, and of their networks of many millions of changemakers.
Optimism. When you know where to look, you see people solving all sorts of problems, in their communities, schools, workplaces, even entire fields and industries.
We work with innovators across the full spectrum of issues shaping our world, from climate solutions to radical empathy. Get a flavor for our team and Fellows –in this case with a rural lens– in this short video produced by Civic Matters:
How we got started in the United States
Ashoka started searching for social entrepreneurs in our first country, India, in 1981. Nearly 20 years later, Texas entrepreneur Ron “R.J.” Jensen learned of our guiding values and high-leverage approach and reached out right away to explore funding a U.S. launch. We are every day grateful for the Jensen family’s founding investment that has given rise to an entire ecosystem of support for emerging ideas and social entrepreneurs across the country.
Remembering RJ Jensen: A Tribute from the Ashoka Community. Produced by Cory Wilson.