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“Creating a Global Movement for Changemaking: Fulbright and Beyond”


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What kinds of experiences shape young people to be changemakers, people with the skills and commitment to “dare themselves to act” for positive social change? At Ashoka, we seek to spark a global movement where Everyone is a Changemaker. To achieve this vision, we partner with the most cutting-edge leaders with high-level global impact potential. The Fulbright program produces high caliber leaders by fostering cross-cultural understanding and action. We believe that to succeed in today’s world as a changemaker, everyone needs to learn these essential skills. In the current presentation you will hear from three Fulbright Alumni who all form part of Ashoka’s network of innovators. Through their own stories of social change, they shed light on how their Fulbright grants directly contributed to their dedication to creating experiences that unleash the power of young people to make a difference and succeed in our changing world.

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“Creating a Global Movement for Changemaking: Fulbright and Beyond”

  1. 1. ! Networked Changemaking Kara Andrade, Ashoka Fellow David Nahmias, Fellow Security & Latin America Diamond Jenni Schneiderman, Ashoka Fellow
  2. 2. David Nahmias Ashoka Innovators for the Public @david_nahmias
  3. 3. Six Words Condense your observations and experiences with change into one sentence with just Six Words ! Based on Michelle Norris Race Card Project project/
  4. 4. What is changemaking?
  5. 5. Connecting “the dots” between Fulbright and Ashoka
  6. 6. Guiding Principles Each of our stories reflects the following: • Not focusing on problems, but presenting solutions • Focusing on the change, not the networks • Networked approaches for maximum social impact and movement-building Image Credit: Siong Chin
  7. 7. Jenni Schneiderman Ashoka Fellow
  8. 8. Human-Centered Approaches
  9. 9. Changemaker schools To cultivate structures of empathy ! Chicago, IL, USA, 2010-Present
  10. 10. Chicago, IL, USA, 2010-Present
  11. 11. Chicago, IL, USA, 2010-Present
  12. 12. Kara Andrade Ashoka Fellow, Co-Founder HablaCentro NFP @newmaya
  13. 13. This is a story about one person’s journey It just happens to be mine.
  14. 14. Fulbright brought me back, Ashoka helped me get “rooted”
  15. 15. “Habla” means to speak in Spanish. Communities in Crisis
  16. 16. We Focus On Training and strategy in Latin America Tools for enhancing civic participation Help people access information and economic opportunities
  17. 17. How do they work? Regional citizen information websites in Latin America Run by volunteers who share information & own the websites locally Contributors share and discuss information in various languages Contributions can be anonymous Anyone can contribute via website, email and cellphone
  19. 19. A Fully-Informed Citizen Has Access to accurate, reliable, timely, relevant and significant information Tools to get and use that information Economic opportunities to live and sustain a peaceful life
  20. 20. Networks Have Been Around Forever…
  21. 21. Networks & Swarm Intelligence Photo: National Geographic The web didn’t invent community.
  22. 22. How are networks structured?
  23. 23. They are relational
  24. 24. They connect differently
  25. 25. Online
  26. 26. Offline
  27. 27. With their own internal logic Image: Heather McLeod Grant & Diana Scearce
  28. 28. Sometimes they function like “silos”
  29. 29. By Peter Block
 “Community: The Structure of Belonging” “The essential challenge is to transform the isolation and self- interest within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.”
  30. 30. Principles The essential work is to build social fabric, both for its own sake and to enable chosen accountability among citizens Strong associational life is essential and central (“public sphere”) Citizens who use their power to convene other citizens are what create an alternative future The small group is the unit of transformation All transformation is linguistic, which means that we can think of community as essentially a conversation -By Peter Block
  31. 31. The question is: how do we build community together?
  32. 32. Thank you!