A JOURNEY OF
by Al Etmanski
We have been inventing ways to help each other since the first people began living on this land. We would not have survived, let alone thrived without each generation’s creativity and resourcefulness in the face of adversity. All our small and big innovations have made us into a caring country. Not perfect but always determined to make it better.
Ashoka Canada excels at spotting people with ideas that have the potential to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Their rigorous New Fellow selection process increases the odds that individual innovations will generate large-scale, collective advances. Rhetoric and cliché are replaced with clear messages that capture the imagination. Hunches and best guesses are discarded in favour of evidence. Strategy is informed by the cultural determinants of change. A focus on short-term success is tempered with a strategy for long-term impact. The result? Canada becomes better, faster.
I know all this because it happened to me when I became one of Ashoka’s first Canadian Fellows. I’ve watched a similar discipline enhance and transform the changemaking talents of other Fellows. It’s a makeover that benefits from the accomplishments of Ashoka’s global network of social entrepreneurs.
Co-Founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Author & Speaker
One of Ashoka Canada’s first fellows.
That is why I continue to support Ashoka and participate in its selection panels. There is no better way to support the next generation of social inventors as they tackle our toughest social challenges.”
A transformative and enlightening experience where candidates articulate their innovations and strategies for systemic change.
Ashoka’s network evaluates applicants’ motivations, methods and potential to become a new member of Ashoka’s global fellowship. The process expands the imagination, sharpens ideas for impact and creates space for a journey of self-discovery and growth.
Ashoka Fellows report that Ashoka helped increase their impact
Ashoka Fellows improved market systems
Ashoka Fellows influence societal mindsets and shift cultural norms
Source: 2018 Global Ashoka Fellow Study Results