They are primarily not working for personal profit, but for the good of society as a whole, and their number is growing. What are they? The answer is not any bad word that might come to mind, but social innovators. These agents of change approach solving social problems in a unique and innovative manner, thereby helping to ensure a healthier society.
The international organization Ashoka is devoted to bringing social innovators together and raising their profile. An important step toward understanding how social innovators operate and why it makes sense to support their efforts is to map them. The Karel Janeček Foundation is supporting the creation of a map of social innovators in the Czech Republic. You can find hundreds of names on this map; hundreds of people’s stories, whose common goal is to change the world for the better.
What succeeded in 2015, for example?
A map of social innovators was presented at Pražská křižovatka (Prague Crossroads) at the end of April 2015. .
Seven acceleration panels were held.
Two new Ashoka fellows were selected – Dagmar Doubravová (Rubikon Centrum) and Klára Laurenčíková (ČOSIV).
At the end of November 2015, Ashoka ČR hosted the international, two-day Education Forum.
Twenty-two exceptional social innovators worked on developing an idea concerning the transformation of education in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. They shared knowledge, ideas, and solutions for making an impact on innovation in education – in both a national and international context.