Next Now is...

A network of changemakers, connected by a shared vision for the future.

We lead social change across four interconnected areas that are central to creating a thriving world for all: Aging, Gender, Planet & Climate, and Tech & Humanity.

Working with the world’s top entrepreneurs, we uplift new belief systems that challenge inequality at its core. By inspiring new thinking and connecting changemakers in surprising alliances, we bring the Next into the Now.

Together, we are building a world where:

Aging is redefined as NEW LONGEVITY, which is synonymous with growth not decline
We leave GENDER bias behind and embrace gender justice
Partnering with nature leads to a rebalanced PLANET
TECHNOLOGY amplifies the good of humanity not the bad


New Longevity

With the simultaneous fall of fertility rates and uptick in longevity, we are experiencing the biggest demographic change in recent history. This raises important questions and unearths new opportunities.​

How will our social systems be reimagined? How will our relationship to death and dying change? How will seniors’ contributions to society be elevated?

Next Now/Aging will shape a future where intergenerational harmony, dignity and purpose for all seniors become the new norms. ​


Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. Unconscious bias remains prevalent across geographies, and in every venue imaginable–from classrooms to board rooms. Fortunately, some key innovators are identifying the acupuncture points capable of shifting entire systems. Their solutions combine behavioral design with empowerment; they focus on sectors of strategic importance; and they re-frame and deconstruct gender, to name a few.​

They are the visionary changemakers guiding ​Next Now/Gender towards a world where gender bias is a thing of the past. Because it's the 21st century!

Planet & Climate

For the first time in its 40 year history, Ashoka is galvanizing the strength of its global community on a handful of globally urgent themes. Climate action is one of them. Through Next Now: Planet & Climate we aim to identify the key insights and mindset shifts that will revolutionize the field of climate. Equipped with a new vision for Planet & Climate, we will mobilize teams of outstanding changemakers to make it a reality.  

Tech & Humanity

The 21st century has ushered in a new age where all aspects of our lives are impacted by technology.

A few urgent questions arise amidst this fast- paced and disruptive change:  How will humanity anticipate, mitigate, and manage the consequences of technology? What are the ethical and philosophical frameworks around AI and technology?

Next Now/Tech & Humanity aims to shape the future of technology and the digital world for the good of all.


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Extreme weather conditions paired with failing infrastructure are at the core of Mexico’s water crisis. Ashoka Fellow Enrique Lomnitz offers up a solution. He spoke with Pip about how he is transforming Mexico City’s water supply through household rainwater harvesting.

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Conservation has recently risen up on national and international agendas. (Take the European Green Deal, for example.) But we must ensure these efforts are rooted in local communities, led by citizens, in order to be sustainable, Florin Stoican says.

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Our planet’s future depends on the “Everyone a Changemaker” mindset. Read the highlights from this year’s edition of Future Summit, where Corina Murafa, the co-lead of Next Now: Planet & Climate, discussed the future of our planet with two Ashoka Fellows, Jacek Bozek from Poland and Luis Alberto Camarago from Colombia, and Ashoka Young Changemaker Julieta Martinez, from Chile. 


Wed, 10 Feb 2021

On Feb. 10, we talk to three Ashoka Fellows working globally to create a culture of carers and the institutional supports for it. We’ll take a look at innovations in Canada, India, and the U.S. and cast out 10, 20 years to imagine what’s possible. Hosted by Martha Deevy, Director of Stanford’s Center for Longevity.

This conversation is part of our biweekly series where we tap social entrepreneurs on what works, what’s next, and why they’re hopeful. Explore past and future episodes here: https://ashoka-usa.org/explore/


Wed, 27 Jan 2021

As America becomes more multi-generational, how do we design for more connection across the age spectrum? How do we reintegrate after the pandemic that has isolated most of us in one way or another and cordoned off elders due to virus risks?

We’ll talk to Ashoka Fellow Marc Freedman, co-founder of Encore, about why he’s hopeful and the changemakers who are stepping up with new and creative ideas for the post-pandemic world.

Wed, 13 Jan 2021

On January 13th, we talk to Albert Fox Cahn, founder of Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), about the threats and opportunities of surveillance technology, and why we must update the social contract for the digital age.

This conversation is part of our biweekly series where we tap social entrepreneurs on what works, what’s next, and why they’re hopeful. Explore past and future episodes here: https://ashoka-usa.org/explore/


Date and time: 13 January 2021, 13:00 - 13 January 2021, 13:30 [UTC/GMT-05:00]