Open Social Innovation


The Challenge


We need to radically increase the number and rate at which we generate innovative sustainable solutions to the world's grand challenges. Open innovation and empowering education is key but most innovation is closed and our educational institutions are fundamentally flawed. 


Building the Github for OPEN social innovation

VIDEO: The Open Philosopy by the Shuttleworth Foundation

For more than 35 years Ashoka and our partners have been experimenting with Open Innovation to support the world’s leading system-changers and empower the next generation. Today we are digitizing this approach to build a 'GitHub' for Open Social Innovation, where social innovation can be shared, recombined, adapted and localized.  We have the largest network of proven social entrepreneurs who account for some of the most significant social innovations in recent decades, and a network of schools, universities, and labs empowering the next generation. 50,000 entrepreneurs, millions of ideas and 700,000 aspiring innovators, and this is only the beginning!


Why Open Innovation?

Open innovation allows you to tackle 100% of the challenges. Like the open-source software model, which allows you to tackle valuable features for which there are no business case, Open Social Innovation allows us to solve problems the same way.


Open innovation allows you to Foster diversity of ideas, novel recombinations and innovate at an exponential pace.


Core Features of tool:

Collective intelligence, mutualization and networked innovation can outsmart even the largest, most well-funded corporations


An Open philosophy

Just like the open-source software culture has produced an explosion of innovation within software. An open-source culture in social innovation can do the same and drive exponential growth in positive impact on all global challenges.


Open Science and Research 

Each project has its own approaches, its own theory of change and the experiments they have conducted to test those theories. So much can be learned from opening up this data, especially all we have learned from our failures. 

This provides funders, scientists and entrepreneurs open data to explore, analize and learn from.


Comprehensive Attribution


ecosystem for learning

Inspire & grow upcoming inovators through community & project-based learning. A platform where innovators can find ideas to contribute to or fork and recombine with other ideas to create new solutions. An exponentially growing commons of social innovations.


Use cases 

  • learn from millions of ideas, experiments, approaches, failures and successes. 
  • Tap into the cognitive surplus of innovators you could never hope to employ yourself.
  • Access and contribute to collective intelligence
  • Build a portfolio, network, experience, skills
  • Funding and Marketing opportunities 

SDGs provide global context

193 countries have signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle the world's grandest challenges over the next 15 years. The Ashoka organization and our partners have the world's largest fellowship of social entrepreneurs working on these challenges and a growing network of schools empowering children to become changemakers themselves. We believe it is this network that can be the seed to inspire innovators of all ages to take a lead in the accomplishment of the SDG goals and other global challenges. 


TEam and Collaborators

We are social entrepreneurs, scientists, educators and technology specialists working on audatious "Moonshot" projects that drive innovation.


PhD, Founder of CRI, expert on the future of research and education. UNESCO Chair “Learning sciences”.

Moonshot Innovator, working on grand challenges using open innovation, Founder of Dev4X

Nancy Welsh

Global VP, Ashoka; Executive Director, Youth Venture Inc; Serial Entrepreneur

Luping Xu

PhD, Director of Open FIESTA Center, Tsinghua University. Generating a paradigm change in future science and education.

Esther Wojcicki

34 year teacher. Author, Moonshots in Education. Founder, Palo Alto Media Arts Center.  Former Chair, Creative Commons.

Marc Prensky

Global keynote speaker.  Author of 7 books, incl.  Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids, and The World Needs a New Curriculum.  Creator, Measurable Positive Change database.

Gaëll Mainguy

PhD, With a pronounced taste for breaking silos, Gaëll has developed projects successively in Neuroscience, Open science, Collective Intelligence, Urban studies, Energy and Sustainability.

Arno Klein

PhD, Child Mind Institute’s Director of Innovative Technologies, spearheaded several open science initiatives.

Ross Hall

Directing Ashoka's education strategy, conceived, designed and grown more than 20 new ventures around the world

Sachin Malhan

Executive Director at Ashoka Changemakers, connecting high-potential changemakers, and their ideas and resources, to accelerate change around critical social issues. 



Partners and friends



CRI - Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires

CRI - Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires

Open FIESTA Tsinghua University

Open FIESTA Tsinghua University

United Labs for Global Goals

United Labs for Global Goals

World Merit

World Merit

Exponential Education

Exponential Education

Better Their World - The Global Future Education Foundation

Better Their World - The Global Future Education Foundation

Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute