Innovate is a biweekly podcast featuring dialogue with social entrepreneurs, writers, visionaries and researchers engaged in transformative thinking, action and creative collaboration. Innovate is produced by Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal and I-LEAD.
A dialogue with Ashoka Fellow Ellen Moir, founder and CEO of the New Teacher Center, with a mission to improve student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. The Center strengthens school communities through proven mentoring and professional development programs, online learning environments, policy advocacy and research. Ellen’s work has reached thousands of mentors, new teachers and school administrators—enriching the educational experience of over 1.5 million students nationwide.
A dialogue with Ashoka Fellow Annys Darkwa about her work at Vision Housing Consulting Services, a non profit with a mission to prevent ex-offenders from re-offending upon their release from prison. Based at this time in the United Kingdom, Vision Housing helps clients find suitable, sustainable accommodation and support, including benefits, rehabilitation, training and employment. Vision Housing has housed over 550 people and lowered their re-offending rate to between 10-15%.
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A dialogue with Ashoka Fellow Betty Makoni, the Founder and CEO of the Girl Child Network Worldwide, an organization at the center of a global commitment to gathering, codifying, training and promoting the experiences and expertise of African girl advocates and marginalized girls. The Network supports and promotes girls’ rights, empowerment and education. It reaches out to and advances the circumstances of African girls who are economically deprived, at risk of abuse, subject to harmful cultural practices or living in areas of instability.
A dialogue with Ashoka Fellow Andreas Heinecke, founder and CEO of Dialogue Social Enterprise and Dialogue in the Dark. Dialogue is an exhibition and workshop to explore the unseen. The concept of Dialogue in the Dark is simple: blind guides lead visitors through specially constructed dark rooms in which scent, sound, wind, temperature and texture convey the characteristics of daily environments. Dialogue in the Dark has been presented in more than 30 countries and 130 cities throughout the world since its opening in 1988. More than seven million visitors worldwide have experienced Dialogue in the Dark and thousands of blind guides and trainers have found employment through the program.
A dialogue with Ashoka Fellow Connie Siskowski, Founder and President of the American Association of Caregiving Youth, the only organization of its kind addressing issues across the United States surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population of children, conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million, who provide care for family members unable to manage life independently. Connie's work illustrates powerful empathy by shining a spotlight on millions of children who model empathy every day in meeting the challenge of caring for their loved ones.
A dialogue with Ashoka Fellow Chris Underhill about his work as founder and director of Basic Needs, an international charity that works to bring about lasting change in the lives of mentally ill people around the world. The organization has had an extraordinary impact, serving over 500,000 people including more than 100,000 with mental illness, more than 80,000 care givers and approximately 350,000 family members. The conversation focuses on the role of empathy in the powerful model for mental health and development that informs the mission and activities of Basic Needs.
A dialogue with Ashoka Fellow Vishal Talreja regarding Dream a Dream, an award-winning organization based in India that is working on empowering young people from vulnerable backgrounds by developing their life skills and at the same time sensitizing the community through active volunteering leading to a non-discriminatory society where differences are appreciated.