Ashoka ČR

“Ashoka seeks innovators; the Karel Janeček Foundation supports innovation, which means that cooperation was inevitable. We consider the development of an environment for innovation in the Czech Republic and the transfer of foreign experiences to be very important. Consequently, we also decided to support Ashoka ČR in 2016. Innovators have proven able to move society forward. Therefore, we need to find them and support them, so that really big things can begin to happen.”

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.

Support in 2014, 2015

Other supported projects:


Homo Sapiens Kind Soul
Karel Janeček Foundation, Dominika Vrkotová

What could a priest, a waitress, a nurse, and a maths teacher have in common? It’s not short-term popularity, a healthy bank balance, or a pushy nature. It’s simply kindness. Now, imagine a world where this common quality becomes a way of life. Maybe it doesn’t sound very sexy, but it’s definitely worth a try… Why, you ask?

10 innovative projects completed the new accelerator #threetwoone workshop!
Nadace Karla Janečka, Dominika Vrkotová 16.6. 2016

The historic first-ever Karel Janeček Foundation’s #threetwoone workshop has taken place in a picturesque valley in the village of Svatý Jan pod Skalou. Out of 81 applicants, a final 10 projects were selected that deal innovatively with a social issue in the field of education or active civil society.


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