Curated content for the
Ashoka Support Network

As valuable members of the Ashoka Support Network, we are sharing relevant, vetted information with you— and it is all in one place. We’ve curated the wealth of information from the Ashoka Canada and global network to bring you the most relevant news and events. 

We’ll update this page quarterly, bringing you the Ashoka network news you need to know.


Highlights from the Network

Next Economy Conversations

Ashoka Fellows Tonya Surman and Jeff Cyr discuss Raven Capital Partner’s Indigenous approach to equity investment and fund management in Next Economy Conversations.

Five ways to preserve the best social innovations from the pandemic

Ashoka Fellow Al Etmanski on how to ensure society keeps — and builds on — the best responses to COVID, post pandemic. In the Toronto Star.

Rethinking the charitable status quo

The pandemic presents an opportunity for Canada’s charitable sector to disrupt the status quo. The Philanthropist features the Academy for Collaboration, designed in partnership with Ashoka Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, and the Saputo Foundation.

Inclusive innovation

“By harnessing research and human capital towards inclusive innovation, universities have the potential to drive massive advances in social, economic, and environmental development.” Wendy Cukier and Erica Wright, of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, explain how. Ryerson is an Ashoka U Campus in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Kids will need recess more than ever when returning to school post-coronavirus

Ashoka Fellow Lauren McNamara explains that for many children, recess may be their only chance for outdoor self-directed play in their entire day.

COVID-19 scenario planning for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations (Deloitte)

The COVID-19 crisis has created a moment of -uncertainty for social sector organizations. No one knows how the future will unfold, but the tools of scenario planning can help social sector leaders better prepare their organizations for the different possibilities. 

On Netflix: We Are One documentary by Ashoka France Fellow, Stéphane de Freitas

We Are One brings together activists and analyzes how they collectively address various oppressions like racism and homophobia. It is an empowering story created by a Fellow who works as a bridge builder for change.

Ashoka US Welcome Change featuring moderator NYT David Bornstein

We are currently facing acute problems stemming from the pandemic and generational problems rooted in systemic racism. Four Ashoka Fellows share what they’re learning, what’s ahead and why they’re hopeful.

Ashoka Resources

Interested in participating in Ashoka related events?

Check out Ashoka’s event page with virtual events from around the world and connect with or learn from other network members.

2020/2021 Virtual Fellowship Europe Program open to all ASNs from around the world

The Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program enables a  co-learning space – with workshops, retreats and online learnings on topics such as system change, replication & transfer, new leadership, wellbeing, social finance and more. The program is free for ASN members.

We need to foster and support more social entrepreneurs who find scalable solutions to the world’s most pressing societal and environmental problems. Ashoka has an impressive, long-term track record of doing just that — which is why I am happy to support them.”

Bill Young, ASN Member and Founder of Social Capital Partners