Past huddles

Hosted February 2018. Changemaker Educator Laura Pinto, STEM Teacher Specialist of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and her team are integrating changemaking into the mindset, curriculum, culture and systems of their entire school district. Since beginning their journey in 2015, they have not only sparked change within the classroom but are learning to tackle whole-system challenges in creative ways. 

Hosted in January 2018. Recording unavailable. After more than two decades as a human rights activist in Brazil, Ashoka Fellow Lucia Nader's own exhaustion opened her eyes to a "holistic security crisis" in the field: A widespread lack of self-awareness and self-care that was also present in her work and personal journey.

This Huddle was held in December 2017. A recording is not available. Three Ashoka Fellows invite a conversation about trauma and its effects on social entrepreneurs' work, and in particular, how the field might inspire new steps toward trauma-informed practices on an individual, organizational, and community level. What needs to change in order to support this field-wide shift? What examples are already out there? This Huddle will hold more questions than answers, and seeks to be a peer learning opportunity.

Held in December 2017. Recording here! Government funding and public policy change are the 'holy grail' for social change organizations who seek to institutionalize their impact (SSIR 2014). Yet, how can such organizations be effective in a disrupted policy environment? How should policy-minded social entrepreneurs adapt their strategies within and beyond the public sector?

Hosted in November 2017. Recording available here! What structures exist for social entrepeneurs in the for-profit world?

This Huddle concluded on September 20, 2017. There is no recording available. Physicists say that dark matter - a substance that does not interact with light - makes up ninety percent of our universe.

Hosted in July 2017. No recording available. The third in a series of Huddles on partnerships, this Huddle will highlight Fellow Jeff Dykstra's insights on corporate partnerships and how he has partnered with companies and other stakeholders for greater impact. Jeff's organization, Partners in Food Solutions, unleashes the true power of corporate service: that held by a company's employees.

This Huddle concluded in July 2017. Watch a recording hereAshoka Fellow and long-time pioneer of Open Education Resources, David Wiley, shares learnings and insights about how, when, and why innovators might make their intellectual property available for others to use freely. What are the advantages and disadvantages of freely sharing your IP? How do you openly license your copyrighted works, and what concrete options exist for social entrepreneurs who wish to do so?

This Huddle concluded in June 2017. You can view the recording here. This Huddle delves beyond the cliché interview question and actually explores what it would mean for your organization and your mission to absorb transformative funding. Join Andrew Mangino (The Future Project) and Jill Vialet (Playworks) as they share how to reframe your value proposition on a bigger stage - without sacrificing your mission.

Monday, June 19 from 11-12ET - Register here!  Simon Stumpf, Ashoka's U.S. Venture Director - and a rad dad of three - asks dad-identified Ashokans how they're experiencing - and possibly challenging or changing - the "parenting system." What draws from the very deepest traditions of their culture? What traditions do they want to let go of?