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    1. What is Changemaker Alliances?
    2. What is Co-creation?
    3. Ashoka: a catalyzer for changemaker alliances
    4. Meet our Changemakers!

    About Changemaker Alliances

    Given the complexity of current systems and the growing difficulties that lie in finding solutions to global challenges, players can no longer act single-handedly. While social entrepreneurs have powerful solutions and insights on social issues, “scaling up” and reaching a larger audience remains a significant challenge. On the other hand, corporations are known for their capacity to operate at a large scale but have little knowledge about social issues or disadvantaged communities. It is therefore vital to find ways to pool together the different strengths of stakeholders.


    Through innovative alliances, social entrepreneurs, businesses and governments can complement each others' skills and expertise, take on challenges that no one could solve alone, and simultaneously have access to new strategic win-win opportunities. Today, sectors are still silo-thinking but we can accelerate history by connecting the world’s most powerful network of social entrepreneurs with changemakers from the business and private sectors to tackle social challenges at a large scale.


    Vision : A world where everyone is a CHANGEMAKER and where solutions to social issues can be developed at a large scale.


    About Co-Creation

    We refer to Co-Creation (between social and business or private sectors) as an innovative collaboration model that pools the strengths of different stakeholders - social entrepreneurs, civil society, private companies and/or government - through win-win partnerships to address effectively social challenges. At Ashoka we believe it is a key lever for giving life to radical innovative models with strong impact capable of tackling social issues at larger scale.


    We have identified the following characteristics of Co-Creation models:


    1. Partner from different sectors, each bringing complementary and unique assets beyond the simple act of funding


    2. Creation of shared value for society and for each of the partners


    3. A collaboration dynamic that relies on changemakers, shifts boundaries in the partnering organization and has the potential of transforming them

    Ashoka as a Catalyzer for Changemaker Alliances

    Ashoka is deeply convinced that Co-Creation is a key lever to scale up social entrepreneurs’ innovations while at the same time fostering competitiveness and new business models with high social impact for companies and public institutions. Currently individual changemakers pioneering these hybrid collaborations are isolated, poorly connected and need more tools and support.


    Ashoka’s objective is to make this kind of innovative and transformative alliances a mainstream way to address the most pressing social issues at a large scale, by creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and visionary leaders actively co-creating for greater impact. In order to do so, we focus on 3 main actions:


    1. Identifying


    Relying on its strong track record in selecting over 3000 leading social entrepreneurs, Ashoka identifies intrapreneurs and visionary leaders from the corporate and public sectors known for their ability to “tear down walls” between organizations and connect them to its global network.


    2. Connecting


    -Giving more visibility

    -Giving access to a network of peers, partners and supporters through in-person gatherings (conferences or hands-on workshops)

    -Sharing best practices, learnings and tools to improve Co-Creation models

    -Contributing to create an enabling environment for corporate changemakers by arousing awareness and interest internally on shared value, social innovation, Co-Creation and system-changing approaches

      3. Building the Field


      Actively mobilizing “multipliers” (influencers, media, business schools and universities, management consulting firms, impact investors) to raise awareness about the potential of Co-Creation, to educate and to build enabling ecosystems for all changemakers.


      Different nationalities, different skill sets, different backgrounds, different projects but one common changemaking strategy:


      "Tear the walls down and get people to work together."

      (Bill Drayton, Ashoka CEO)

    • EUROPE

      Ana Bella Foundation



      Empowering abused women by offering them fulfilling jobs in order to avoid exclusion.

      VIE (Vinci Insertion Emploi)



      Bringing together social and business stakeholders to build sustainable pathways to employement.




      Pioneering a model to prevent excessive consumer debt and efficiently fighting against social and financial exclusion.

      Farmers' Club



      Making the access to information easier for farmer, whether on new regulations, financial support, weather forecasts or market price quotes thanks to mobile technology.

      Voisin Malin



      Facing a lack of social link between citizens of marginalized neighborhoods, local citizens called “smart neighbors” go door-to-door to get in touch, provide educational information, understand needs and issues for example regarding water consumption.




      A non-profit hiring agency that is fighting discrimination by promoting diversity and leading talented professionals from marginalized social groups to corporations.




      Ensuring affordable drugs for underserved patients.




      Making public services accessible to all, especially those geographically and socially excluded. Engaging the government and public service companies to better address the needs of the population.




      Leveraging the talents of autistic people as software testers and developers to integrate them into the job market.

      SIEL Bleu - ActiVIDA

      France - Spain


      Addressing new health and social issues resulting from a growing elderly population through adapted nutrition coupled with regular physical activities.

      Sandrine Raffin

      Vivons en Forme



      Engaging local stakeholders on the need to raise awareness about nutrition in a collective-impact dynamic.

      Vitamine T



      Ensuring social inclusion of excluded men and women into the job market through labor intensive activities such as electric waste collection.