Submitted on Thu, June 19, 2014
Innovation is fostered by information gathered from new connections; from insights gained by journeys into other disciplines or places; from active, collegial networks and fluid, open boundaries. Innovation arises from ongoing circles of exchange, where information is not just accumulated or stored, but created. Knowledge is generated anew from connections that weren’t there before.
- Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science
There are over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries developing innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. Through our Global Innovator Series, we are bringing these social entrepreneurs to you.
These events provide Ashoka Fellows with the opportunity to share their transformative models with locally-based leaders, practitioners, and community members. But that’s just one piece of the event. By bringing together people from diverse perspectives around a common theme, the Global Innovator Series sparks new ideas and builds lasting connections between Ashoka Fellows and leaders based here in the Philippines.
Past Ashoka Fellows who have shared their work with our community include Elizabeth Hausler, the founder and CEO of Build Change, an award winning organization with extensive experience with disaster-resilient housing reconstruction and economic development. Lynna Chandra, founder of Rachel House—the first pediatric palliative care service in Indonesia for children living with cancer and HIV and Andreas Heinecke, founder of Dialogue in the Dark, an organization that raises awareness about disability and diversity, have also engaged with leaders in the Philippines through the Global Innovator Series. Most recently, Korean Ashoka Fellow Yuhyun Park presented her work on infollution (information pollution) and how to nurture responsible digital citizenship for youth.
This Monday, our Global Innovator Series will feature Ashoka Fellow Gregory Smith, the founder of Children At Risk Foundation (CARF). Launched in Sao Paulo, Brazil, CARF defends the rights of youth living on the street and empowers them to improve their own and their community’s future prospects. Based on the success of his model in Brazil, affiliated programs have been implemented in Cambodia, Indonesia, and in the Smokey Mountain community here in the Philippines by non-profit partner Empowering Lives Asia.
At the Global Innovator Series event, young people from both Sao Paulo, Brazil and from Smokey Mountain will join us as part of a cultural exchange to share their experiences with one another. With the recent demolition of Smokey Mountain homes and community centers and the forced relocation of residents, this month’s event is especially important.
From Brazil to the Philippines: Mobilizing Youth Living on the Streets
Global Innovator Series featuring Ashoka Fellow Gregory Smith
Date: Monday, June 23
Venue: co.lab | Unit 301, 3/F | Three Brixton Building | #3 Brixton Street | Pasig City
RSVP: Eventbrite or email email@example.com