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!

In the coming months, the Next Now/Gender team will be assembling a team of visionary co-creators who will shape an ambitious vision for the field and narrow in on an initial set of audacious goals to team up around. Stay tuned for more details.



When orders get cancelled. We spoke with Fellow Nazma Akter on how Bangladesh’s women-led labor unions are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Nazma started working in a garment factory at age 11, organizing workers at age 14, and now leads a movement of 600k worker members across Dhaka. Read more in Forbes.

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As part of our series on the future of Planet & Climate, we sat down with Ashoka Fellow Cynthia Ong of Forever Sabah to learn about the circular economy model she is facilitating on the island of Borneo—one of the most bio-diverse regions on Earth.

"We are trying to ignite in each person the idea of a Forever Sabah. Forever, we will protect and preserve this heritage so that it is accessible to future generations. We want people to find their own expression of what “forever” looks like." Cynthia Ong.



Mon, 24 Aug 2020

Isabella Lenarduzzi has been a social entrepreneur, an expert in communication and event organisation for 35 years. Her areas of interest include gender equality, employment, education, training, entrepreneurship, innovation and European public affairs. Isabella is also an Ashoka Fellow since 2013. Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who are recognised to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society.

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 to Wed, 15 Jul 2020

Save the date! The WISE Up Online Series is taking place July 13 - July 15.

The current global health crisis has underlined the urgency of building an Everyone a Changemaker (EACH) world - one in which every individual is equipped with the mindset, support, and skill set to respond to social challenges and lead change.