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Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,133 Ashoka Fellows in 91 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

Ashoka Fellows remain the core of our community, and their insights show us how the world is moving and what is needed next. Ashoka's mission has evolved beyond catalyzing individual entrepreneurs to enabling an "everyone a changemaker" world. This means equipping more people – including young people - with the skillset and a connection to purpose so that they can contribute ideas and effectively solve problems at whatever scale is needed in their family, community, city, workplace, field, industry, country. This evolution comes from the urgent realization that the pace of change is accelerating in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Our strategic initiatives focus on setting in motion the people, resources and ecosystems that will bring about a social revolution where everyone contributes to change for the good of all. Working in partnership with private, philanthropic and citizen sector players we are achieving large-scale social innovation that is grounded in decades of entrepreneurial experience.

To advance an Everyone a Changemaker world, where anyone can apply the skills of changemaking to solve complex social problems.

To support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society. Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, team work, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.

Ashoka has operations in 91 odd countries
These are from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America

Brief information about Sanjay Moreshwar Bapat, founder of
Sanjay Moreshwar Bapat is sponsoring the ASHOKA forum.
He has decided to use ASHOKA's research while selecting fellows and will try to share most of the 3133 ASHOKA fellow's still alive not as individuals but the organisations they founded in their area of specialisation (social issues) countrywise. If an NGO founded by an ASHOKA fellow works in more than 1 social issue, we will share them in those issues.

We will of course not share if any of the fellows is an activist or works against the government.
We can not put for profit organisations which are not NGOs/NPOs because on the index page of social issues, we share NGOs in all countries and not social enterprises.
Our founder Sanjay Moreshwar Bapat is an ASHOKA Fellow and has a for profit social enterprise which manages, but we share his name because he is a Chief Trustee of Developed Nation Network Trust, a not for profit enterprise. And he believes that every organisation must ensure their own sustainability, which means not for profits must have sufficient corpus so that they can wait sustain with these funds for at least one year if there is no funding.

Global example : Thane
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