Ideas In Action

Dump the Prizes

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Contests, challenges, awards—they do more harm than good. Let's get rid of them.

Writing a decent recommendation letter a prize often takes a couple of hours - and for what? The vast majority of contestants don't win anything, and even when they do, it's often shamefully small amounts of money and/or the dubious assumption that the attendant publicity will lead to bigger things.

What is the Impact Economy Anyway?

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Have you ever wondered whether government has a role to play in the impact economy? Deloitte has, and they believe that everyone from impact investors to social entrepreneurs should understand what government can do to grow the space.

Creating A Line Of Credit With Friends: The New Trend In Finance

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Big news: Three Ashoka Fellows have created the first do-it-yourself credit creation app.

The most recent financial crisis, caused by low-quality sub-prime loans, has left people with no income, no jobs and no assets. It has has been remarkably painful for many. But this market collapse is just another in a long line of banking crises.

Future Forum Cheat Sheet: 3 Pathways To Massive Social Impact

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For social entrepreneurs, achieving scale and leveraging the full capacity of their organization is a critical and challenging undertaking. "There is a timeless tension between building your organization and building the broader movement," Dr. Sanjeev Arora said at the 2013 Ashoka Future Forum.

Innovation for the Next 100 Years

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The president of the Rockefeller Foundation explains what social innovation means to the foundation and how it is preparing for the next 100 years.

The Principles of LEADER (2012)

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The LEADER Programme is designed to support local businesses, farmers, foresters, community groups, those involved in tourism and a range of rural enterprises. This video explores the principles that define the LEADER approach.
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