Overview #MillionsofChangemakers is
Ashoka U’s global call to action for
colleges, universities, and higher
education innovators to make
commitments to activate and
support changemakers of all kinds.
More than anything else, the
campaign is a tool. Use it
like a spotlight that you can
shine on an idea, or initiative
that you want to draw more
attention to, bring more
partners to work on, or take
to the next level.
∙ Contributes to equipping or activating more changemakers.
∙ Is specific, measurable, and focuses on a new level of impact
(this includes integrating, expanding, or deepening an existing
∙ Commitment leads take an intentional approach to minimizing
inadvertant harm caused by their commitment. Click here for
A Primer on Responsible Changemaker Education.
∙ Commitment leads work in, or have a strong connection to
Ashoka U will review all commitments to
ensure they meet the following criteria:
To help you determine your
commitment we suggest you
(and your team) go through
the following steps outlined
in this guide:
Step #1: Read through our
list of 19 ideas to spark your
Step #2: Discuss the
brainstorming questions to
help you narrow in on your
Step #3: Write it down using
our commitment canvas as
Step #4: Submit your
commitment for review.
We’ve also included a list of
additional resources and
initiatives that can help you
realize your commitment.
We’re looking forward to
working together to activate
Register for a
Expand access to changemaker
education offerings to more
students or community members.
launch or expand a social
innovation or changemaker
centre or digital space.
launch or expand a co-curricu-
lar opportunity (i.e. incubators,
competitions, skills training wor-
kshops, fellowships, internships,
student organizations, innovation
labs, on-campus conferences, or
commit additional staff time
to support and integrate
across the institution.
embed changemaking or
social innovation into the
advance or invest in research
that results in equipping
changemakers, or making it
easier to activate changemakers.
contribute funding or
other resources to enable
changemakers in the community.
Step #1 Get inspired
launch or expand student life
programming (i.e. orientation
programming), or programming
in/with residential dorms.
develop institution wide or
department wide changemaker
embed social innovation
or changemaking into
launch or expand
a changemaking or social innova-
tion course or academic program
(see the resource list for ideas).
launch or expand a course
pathway, (minor, major,
certificate, or concentration).
build awareness of student
pathways that blend
co-curricular and curricular
develop a training or event
that increases the number of
staff and faculty involved in
launch incentives/awards for
teaching, community impact,
or research that helps to equip
switch to environmentally
and socially conscious
campus operations that model
changemaking in action.
develop an institution wide
changemaking campaign, or
host a convening which brings
together faculty, staff, students,
or community members who are
interested in equipping more
partner with an Ashoka country
office to support changemaking
at a regional or national scale.
Read some ideas to
spark your thinking
Note: This is not an exhaustive list – your commitment
only needs to meet the criteria outlined on pg. 1.
specific examples of
what these look like
on a campus?
Set up a coaching call.
What would be easy for you
to achieve? What would a
stretch goal look like?
Which goal are you most
excited to work on?
Of all the potential ideas
you’ve listed which would
benefit most from additional
visibility and connections
that you don’t yet have?
Who would be on
your dream team?
How could you
How could Ashoka U’s
network help you achieve
Step #2 Brainstorm
Step #3 Write it down
What barriers do you see
to activating or supporting
more changemakers on
your campus or in your
Which of those challenges
are you best positioned to
How could you address
Discuss your answers to these
questions to help you choose
Use the canvas on the next page to
draft your commitment statement.
I/WE AIM FOR:
“Organization(s) ‘A’, commits to taking action ‘C’, with the goal of having ‘D’ impact in ‘X’ time”.
I/WE WANT TO...
SO I/WE CAN...
BY: / /
Role Deliverable Achievement
Step #4 Submit you commitment
commitment was accepted.
You (and your team) will be
invited to join Ashoka U’s
learning community. For
a head start check out the
Grand Challenges Scholar Program:
Comprehensive program for Schools
Project Wayfinder: Find your purpose
Coding it Forward: Social impact
internships for technology students.
Global Citizen Year: Gap year
integration for students.
Interfaith Youth Corps: Faculty
and student interfaith training and
resources to work across difference.
NORTH AMERICAN PROGRAMS
Changemaker Institutions: How Higher
Education can use social innovation
to better prepare students, transform
campus culture, and lead society
towards a better future.
Preparing Students for a Rapidly
Changing World: Learning Outcomes
in Social entrepreneurship, Social
Innovation, and Changemaker Education.
For more resources visit
Have something to add to this list?
Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll be asking for your pro-
award winners will be selec-
ted and recognized at the
2020 Ashoka U Exchange.
Attend a virtual design session (register HERE)
if you have more questions about the process.
Set up a coaching call HERE if you need more
ideas or feedback on your commitment.
Submit your commitment HERE
Changemaker education programs & initiatives
Solutions U: Database of solutions
Transformative Action Institute:
Curriculum and Faculty training.
Map the System: Global competition
to map a social problem.
Ashoka U innovation awards: Learn
about exemplary curricular, co-
curricular, and institutional change
approaches in the Ashoka U network.
Big Ideas Competition Toolkit from UC
Berkely: guide to launching a social
impact competition on your campus.
Social Impact Educators Toolkit: Impact
Gap Canvas and curriculum guidance.
Maximizing the Capacity of Advanced
Education Institutions to Build
Social Infrastructure for Canadian
Communities: highlights examples of
how institutions can use their assets to
improve their communities.
gress updates in Feb.2020.
before May 31st, 2019.
You’ll hear back in June 2019 if your