Open Social Innovation
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
For more than 35 years Ashoka and our partners have been finding and supporting the world’s leading system-changers, supporting their ideas, approaches, experiments, and collectively learning. Today we are digitizing this approach to build a 'GitHub' for Open Social Innovation, where everything can be shared, recombined, adapted or 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.
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.
- 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.
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.