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Ashoka Changemakers

June 16th-23th, 2011, HEC Business School Paris Campus, France

Ashoka is a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected almost 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries. With its global community, Ashoka develops models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship.

Ashoka Fellows inspire others to adopt and spread their innovations – demonstrating to all citizens that they too have the potential to be powerful changemakers.

Over the years, Ashoka has expanded into many other areas of work that support social change. Read about some of its programs at Ashoka’s global website:

Ashoka Changemakers’ Week on 16-23 June 2011

For the last 30 years, Ashoka has built a network of more than 3,000 social entrepreneurs throughout the world. This movement, unrecognized until a short time ago, is now about to be acknowledged on the international scene.

In order to face the acceleration of social and environmental problems, the movement now has to enlarge its scale, to imagine new bridges and alliances, and to empower individuals to become changemakers.

Among various events organized during Changemakers’ Week, the Ashoka Changemakers’ Campus, held on 21-22 June at the HEC Business School Paris Campus, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to join first-class social innovators - 400 leading social entrepreneurs and 400 corporate leaders, academic leaders, and public and media figures - in building our capacity to respond to society’s most pressing social problems. Building innovative cross-sector collaboration between social entrepreneurs, private organizations, and public figures is key to tackling the world’s major social challenges.

More information on Ashoka Changemakers’ Week can be found at:

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be edited for publication as a special issue in FACTS Reports, entitled “Social Entrepreneurship”.

Changemaker’s Draft Program, 21-22 June

These two days constitute the heart of the event, gathering 800 participants around conferences, small workshops, unique experiences, and informal meeting sessions, all organized around the three cross-cutting strategies for social change: Master Changemaking Skills, Build New Alliances for Change, and Develop Social Innovation Infrastructure.

A detailed program is available at:

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