Ashoka Global Innovator Series: Pattern-Changing Ideas from Around the World

Submitted on Tue, November 4, 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. Korean Ashoka Fellow Yuhyun Park has also presented her work on infollution (information pollution) and how to nurture responsible digital citizenship for youth. 

Our latest Global Innovator Series featured 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. 

We are excitedly working on having more Ashoka Fellows from different parts of the world come to the Philippines and share their stories of social innovation and entrepreneurship. You may sign up here to get updates on the Global Innovator Series. We look forward to seeing you at our next gathering!