Changemakers

Changemakers® is a community of action where we all have the opportunity to collaborate on solutions. We know we have the power to solve the world’s most pressing social problems and we have now developed a platform to allow for the exchange of information and ideas to make change. We’re already doing it, one project, and one idea at a time.

How do we do it? We talk about the issues, shares stories  , mentor, advise, encourage each other, and even engage in friendly competition . Changemakers® competitions bring people together from across the globe to address issues and turn our old systems upside down. Participants submit ideas, collectively identify the best social solutions, and then collaborate to refine, enrich, and implement those solutions.

Our mantra is Everyone a Changemaker™. Whatever your passions, however you want to make a difference, you will find a way to make it happen here. Changemakers® connects you to action because we are on the ground, making changes every day.

Past Changemakers® Initiatives

In 2011, Ashoka Canada launched Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. This initiative included a search for new ideas in the field of Aboriginal Education, awards to innovators, and a summit to bring together partners, innovators, and influencers of change:

  • 20 organizations and foundations collaborated on the initiative
  • 266 entries were submitted from every province and territory in Canada
  • 30 award winners were selected with nearly $100,000 invested in community innovations.

We delivered this competition in partnership with the Counseling Foundation of Canada, RBC Foundation, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, the Donner Canadian Foundation, Small Change Fund, North-South Partnership for Children and many other funding and community partners.

Check out Changemakers® and all of the current and past competitions.