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Ashoka Young Changemakers are young people who have had the “your dream, your team, your changed world” experience.

Ashoka: Innovators of the Public is a global organisation that promotes social entrepreneurship. Founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton, it aims to enable citizens to think and act as change-makers. Excerpts of an email interview with FE’s Vikram Chaudhary:

Why does the world need younger change-makers?


Two social entrepreneurs, with support from the Philips Foundation and Ashoka, accelerate their innovative work to provide healthcare for those who are in critical need. Having the ability to access doctor’s advice from a distance or to be able to understand the dangers of the novel coronavirus is not self-evident in developing countries, which can be crucial to counter outbreaks in vulnerable communities.

 “If you cannot bear the hardship of studying, then wait until you eat the bitterness of ignorance.” 

Garvita Gulhati is helping students in her high school see that age is not a limit to solving problems you care about. At 15 years old, she and her friend, Pooja S. Tanawade, did just that. They started “Why Waste?,” an organization educating citizens about creative ways to reduce water waste — starting with restaurants where four million gallons of water are wasted per year in India.


It is January 2020 and I am looking at data about broken markets: One in nine people in the world go hungry each day and hundreds of millions of children are malnourished, even though there is enough food to feed us all.