Ashoka Changemaker Summit 2022
November 29-30 > Brussels, Belgium
Every year, we bring together more than 300 systems-changing social entrepreneurs, young leaders, corporate partners and philanthropists to multiply their social impact. Ashoka’s most important global milestone, the Ashoka Changemaker Summit, is the space for these pioneering changemakers to connect, learn and work together to build a world where everyone is a changemaker and therefore, a world where everyone can thrive.
This year, the Summit will be part of the Belgium Impact Week, co-organised by the Impact Finance Belgium, EVPA and Ashoka.
Decisions, our concept for ACMS´s 5th edition
We live in a historic moment. Constantly faced with new crossroads, we’re trying to address the compounding crises affecting our countries, our communities, and our planet. Forced displacement, conflict, authoritarianism and famine are still present, while democracy is at risk after years of populism and disinformation.
As changemakers concerned about the common good, how do we make decisions — equitable, forward-thinking decisions—in such a volatile, rapidly-changing world?
The fifth edition of the Ashoka Changemaker Summit will be held in the city of Brussels - heart of decision-making in Europe and the world – so we might focus on exactly that: decisions and the complex values and variables that underlie them.
Building on 40 years of working with leading social innovators, we’re bringing together entrepreneurs who have visionary ideas for systemic change and intimate familiarity with on-the-ground realities. And we’re betting on the power of our community: young changemakers, leaders from business and philanthropy, and this year, some of the most pioneering policymakers of the public sphere.
(*) Photo from Prodeepta Daas
The Brussels Effect
After two years, we’re excited to host an international in-person event again!
Brussels is the heart of Europe’s decision-making processes and has a growing vibrant social innovation ecosystem. It is the ideal space to build bridges between policymakers, innovators and private actors.
💶 Funding Systems Change
Finding, funding, and supporting transformative solutions at a far greater pace than ever
🏛️ Public Policy
Connecting social innovation with public policy
🔥 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 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 their communities, including 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?
The Impact Week
Co-organized by 3 communities (Impact Finance Belgium, Ashoka and EVPA), the Impact Week will bring together organizations practicing venture philanthropy and social investment together with business leaders and social entrepreneurs from all around Europe to Brussels from November the 28th to December the 2nd.
(*) Getting a ticket for the Ashoka Chnagemaker Summit only grants you access to this event, and not to the whole Impact Week. To attend the other events please visit What If Belgium and EVPA´s websites.
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