Ashoka Changemaker Summit 2021

Online > September 30th to November 25th
Onsite > December 2. Turin, Italy

This year the Summit is not just an event but a three-month journey to connect our vast community of world-leading social entrepreneurs, young changemakers and leaders from business and philanthropy, starting online and culminating in December in the Italian city of Turin.

Polaroid A New Togetherness

A New Normal Requires a New Togetherness

Kept apart by a pandemic, we fixed our eyes on the importance of togetherness over the last year. But long before Covid hit, dozens of community-led movements already recognized how togetherness can change our world.

Collective movements have radically shifted global perceptions. Young activists have mobilized for the planet. Women and queer people have joined their voices to build a gender equal world. And in some of the richest countries on earth, historically excluded communities have exposed deep social inequities.

This is a new togetherness. Powered by technology that will allow *everyone* to be part of the conversation. Joining together as changemakers from all backgrounds, we'll show that the ability to shape the future belongs not to just a few, but to all of us.

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In-person event in Turin, Italy on December the 2nd

Around 300 members of our close community will gather physically in Turin, Italy, on December the 2nd to continue learning and connecting. Sessions will be streamed into our event platform so our global community can participate in this part of the process as well.

Priority to the in-person event will be given to people residing in Italy.



We have defined two different kind of milestones that will happen online and physically from September until December of 2021:

Every Thursday from September until December we will gather our community in our event platform for a gathering around one of the Summit themes. These gatherings will be divided into two different sections:

  • 45 minutes to attend a high-level conversation about the topic
  • 45 minutes to participate in a facilitated connecting session

Around 300 members of our close community will gather physically in Turin, Italy, on December the 2nd to continue learning and connecting.

Sessions will be streamed into our event platform so our global community can participate in this part of the process as well.

Summit Themes

🔥 Young Changemaking: How will we transform the way young people grow up? 

A vast majority of Ashoka Fellows have experienced the power of changemaking before the age of 21. How do we ensure that every young person grows up knowing that they can be changemakers? How can we inspire a new generation of powerful young people towards a more inclusive, sustainable, and fair world?

🌍 Planet & Climate: How will we rebalance human’s relationship with nature?

Our economic systems are changing, with new risks and opportunities becoming inextricably linked to our planet’s wellbeing. A majority of CEOs state that sustainability is critical to their company’s success. How do we design for now and forever, ensuring sustainable long-term success and resilience? How can our current systems prioritize creating wellbeing for a healthy planet?

💡 Tech & Humanity: How can we anticipate, mitigate, and manage the consequences of rapidly changing technology?

Ninety percent of the world’s data was generated within the past two years alone. How do we ensure tech works for the common good – and empowers everyone - in the age of AI, robots, and algorithms? How do we take advantage of technology without losing human connection?

👴🏾 New Longevity: How will we reverse age segregation and the loneliness epidemic affecting all generations?

For the first time in history, there are more people above 65 years old than there are below five. There isn’t an aspect of our lives and economies that isn’t affected by this Big Shift. How can we maintain purposeful, healthy lives as we age? How can we redefine what it means to age today? What roles can arts and culture play?

💜 Gender Equity: How will we build a gender equal world, where everyone can live as their authentic self?

For most of us, our gender still determines how we grow up, the kinds of jobs we have, who we can love, our health outcomes, and how much power and agency we hold. How do we re-imagine identities and ensure equality in the process? What will we replace patriarchy?

💊 Health: How will we create a healthier world for individuals, animals, and their communities?

Living through a global pandemic has driven dramatic shifts in the healthcare industry. How has COVID-19 changed the way consumers think about healthcare? What power dynamics must shift to achieve a healthier world for humans and animals? How can we create shared value for a healthier world?

🧳 Migrations: How will we create a better society for people on the move as well as those who meet them?

The UN estimates that there are now 281 million international migrants worldwide (about 4 out of every 100 people). How can we help activate the changemaking potential of migrants across the globe? How can we create a new framework for migration where innovation and collaboration lie at the heart of policy change?

✊🏾 Equity: How will we enable fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people?

The pandemic has revealed and accelerated the world’s deep inequities. How can societies reimagine and redesign better, more equitable systems? How can we design a world free of systemic oppression where everyone has access to resources, voice, power, and safety?

⚡ Changemaker Companies: How will we put social impact at the core of transformation in the private sector?

As the rate of change accelerates and new crises emerge, resilient companies will be those who fully embrace change, anticipate new ways of organizing and do business for the good of all. How can companies become drivers of positive change? What priorities must shift to achieve positive impact through businesses?

Ticket Types


Accessing Content Online

Receive email reminders for sessions and watch them live online in the Ashoka Changemaker Summit website and social media.
Access: Everyone
Price: Pay as you wish


Engaging with attendees online

Access the event platform to participate in sessions and engage with attendees using the event´s technology and connecting sessions.
Access: Invite-only
Price: Pay as you wish


Engaging with attendees in Italy

Engage with attendees in the event platform from Sep until Dec and attend the physical summit in Turin, Italy on the 2nd of December.
Access: Everyone
Price: 0€ to 750€


See below the agenda under construction of the Ashoka Changemaker Summit 2020. You can see the full process in the picture and find the session of your interest using the filters below.

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See below the speakers of the Ashoka Changemaker Summit 2021. We will continue to add speakers as their sessions get closer.

Summit Co-Organizers

Fondazione CRT
Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT
Torino Social Impact
Boehringer Ingelheim
Making More Health

Ashoka Strategic Partner

The Inkey List
Ikea Social Entrepreneurship
Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo
RBC Foundation

Summit Partner

Prodigioso Volcan
Pioneer Post
Citta di torino

Become a Partner

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Pay As You Wish

We aim to build a resilient, inclusive, and equitable world. We work with and support some of the world's leading changemakers who don't see the world as it is, but as it should be. 

The Changemaker Summit online is free for anyone who would like to attend. By making a voluntary contribution to support our work, you'll be making a huge difference. If you wish to do so, please complete the option in the registration form. 


Register for the summit

Click on the button below to get your ticket for the Summit. If you have doubts about the level of engagement you are invited to attend or the code you need to do so, please reach out to your closer Ashoka contact