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Entries Open for Changemakers Everywhere Academy

Deadline: September 27th, 2021

The Changemakers Everywhere Academy is an intensive online learning journey where high-calibre social entrepreneurs creating these better systems for good governance will learn powerful strategies for scaling their social impact and become part of a global community of movement builders.

Participants will benefit from a deep dive into their systems changing strategy, expert guidance in leadership and network activation, and the space to workshop their ideas, as well as becoming part of an international community of like-minded changemakers. Participants will also access unique opportunities for advancement, including the potential to be considered for an Ashoka Fellowship, and access to a global network of over 2,000 alumni.

Here’s how it works: Through the Changemakers Everywhere Academy, 125 rising change leaders from North America, Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa will take part in a 6-month intensive learning journey. This program will take place virtually from October 2021 to March 2022 (participants must take part in ALL sessions to receive recognition and certification for completing the program and to be considered for the Ashoka Fellowship).

Applicants will be selected to represent the diversity of good governance work globally and must demonstrate outstanding changemaking qualities, a deep commitment to their work and entrepreneurial journey, strong rapport with the communities they serve, and an interest in becoming part of a community of like-minded movement builders.


Good Governance: Good governance is the intentional creation of systems to equitably and effectively meet the needs and ensure the wellbeing of all community members. In practice, this looks like community engagement, upholding human rights, advancing inclusive frameworks for governance, and elevating underrepresented voices.

Why You Should Apply

  • Receive an exclusive invitation to participate in the highly acclaimed Changemaker Everywhere Academy Program where you will receive guidance from Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Staff, and a global community of innovators to refine and develop your systems change ideas related to good governance.
  • Receive peer feedback on your idea on the online platform, including the opportunity to view, review, and connect with other applicants of the Changemaker Everywhere Academy.
  • Receive feedback from the community managers throughout and at the end of the review process.
  • An opportunity to apply for an inclusiveness stipend.
  • Will have the opportunity to apply for an “inclusiveness” stipend. They understand that some participants might need assistance to ensure that they attend all the sessions. For this reason, and in line with the focus on diversity and inclusion, they will be offering an inclusivity stipend to participants that might need it.
  • Become part of the American Express Leadership Academy Alumni network, joining a global group of 5,400+ leaders. This network offers continued leadership development opportunities, peer-to-peer networking with more than 3,000 leaders, an opportunity to apply for the annual Alumni Award, which includes a $25,000 grant to the honoree’s organisation, and more!

Who Can Apply?

To apply:

  • Candidates should have at least 1 to 2 years of experience developing a new idea—a new solution or approach to a social problem related to the theme of good governance—that will change the pattern in the field as it relates to the thematic focus areas. They will evaluate the idea historically and against its contemporaries in the field, looking for innovation and real change potential.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated proof of concept on their idea. The proof of concept could be an MVP or pilot program, for example.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a pattern from a young age of creatively addressing challenges related to the good governance thematic areas in their communities while rallying others around their vision of a new reality.
  • Demonstration of entrepreneurial devotion to their idea through a full-time commitment their social innovation during its launch phase.
  • Demonstration that their idea has the potential to change the field significantly and trigger nationwide impact or, for smaller countries, broader regional change. For example, they will not accept a candidate whose idea is to launch a new school or clinic unless it is part of a broader strategy to reform the education or health system at the national level and beyond.
  • Demonstration of ethical fibre through anecdotal evidence of a deep rapport and trust between the candidate and the communities they serve.
  • The availability to participate in each session, and the openness and willingness to engage with a global community of movement builders and innovators who are tackling good governance. Please note, that it is mandatory that you participate in each session and complete all assignments to successfully complete the program. Academy participants who complete the full program have the potential to be considered for the Ashoka Fellowship, accessing a network of over 3,600 innovators in 95+ countries, propelling their leadership journey to the next stage, and will be recognized with a certificate of distinction validating their systems-change idea.

Additional terms:

  • You must have incorporated as a non-profit, or hybrid organisation (For profit organisations are not eligible).
  • Only one application per initiative will be accepted.
  • You must be over 18 at the time of application.
  • If your product has not launched, you must have a business plan and MVP (prototype, pilot, or another proof of concept).
  • They are open to entries operating with beneficiaries in the following markets: The United States, Europe, Mexico and Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • You must be available to attend all sessions using a laptop or mobile technology and should have a connectivity plan in place if you live in a market with limited WiFi connectivity.

Visit Changemakers Academy for more information.

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