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What Works: A Road Map for Unleashing Empathy in Schools

Over the last several months, those of us at Start Empathy – along with a core group of Ashoka Fellows, leading educators and partners – have worked to identify, distill, and categorize dozens of promising empathy building insights and activities. In short, we’ve been asking people: “What works?”

Introducing the Newest Changemaker Schools

While schools across the country hosted the showcases, symposia, and other celebrations that come with the end of the year, the following schools were also taking the time to reflect on their practice through Ashoka’s Changemaker School selection process. We would like to introduce the sixteen newest Changemaker Schools, who hail from 13 different cities across the US...

Empathy Explorer

Take a look at this series of short videos in which the whimsical genius Ed Stockham explores what empathy is, why it matters, and how we "start" it.
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Mon, April 7, 2014
One of my most vivid memories from my early childhood comes from a family trip to Costa Rica. I remember checking into our hotel that provided the many luxuries I was accustomed to in the US, and climbing the steps to our second floor room with a balcony view of the city....
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Mon, March 24, 2014
Ever since I heard Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, a Nobel Laureate in the field of Genetics, describe how his heart skipped a beat at the very moment of his discovery, my heart has been telling me that there is more to what took place at that split-second than what meets the eye....
Submitted by Joseph Katona on Mon, March 10, 2014
  Telling the truth about how someone has made you feel is tricky. We all have to learn to stand up for ourselves and manage conflict in a healthy way, but it’s up to each of us to determine when it’s appropriate or worthwhile to speak up, rather than letting the...

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October 17, 2013

 As a result of a rising concern for suicides caused by cyber-bullying, Ashoka Changemaker school Georgetown Day School was recently recognized for its emphasis on fostering empathy among its students. Bob Barnard...

October 6, 2013

Learn more about the importance of user experience and design-thinking in business and technology. Heather A. explains the importance of UX, the evolution of traditional business thinking to...

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Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 04/15/14   (Learn more about the ASN Global Summit in Paris June 12-14, 2014 and register here.) How do we overcome cultural, economic, and geographic barriers to create large-scale social change? What does the world look like...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, April 2, 2014
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 04/02/14 Editor's Note: This article first appeared in Ashoka's "Change in the Making" Forbes blog and is a part of a series of Inventior-Entrepreneur stories brought to you in partnership with the Lemelson Foundation. Read...
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 03/24/14 Editor's Note: This post was written by Mark Cheng, Director of Ashoka UK and Ashoka’s senior advisor on social finance and first appeared on Ashoka's Forbes.com blog "Change in the Making". How do you profitably sell to a...

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