Ashoka U Glossary


Founded in 1980, Ashoka is a leading global network of social entrepreneurs. Ashoka U is a program of Ashoka.

Ashoka Fellows

Leading social entrepreneurs who are recognized by Ashoka as having innovative solutions to social problems with the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. More than 3,000 Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

Ashoka U

Founded in 2005, Ashoka U is the university division of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.

Change Leader

A faculty or staff member who sees it as their mission to advance changemaking across the institution.

Change Team

A committed, inter-disciplinary group of students, leaders, faculty, administrators, staff and community members who help grow and strengthen the campus-wide ecosystem for social innovation.


Changemakers have the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.


A person within an organization who takes direct responsibility for turning a new idea into reality. Intrapreneurship is now also part of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurs are people who strive to solve social problems using innovative, sustainable, scalable, and measurable approaches.

Social Impact

The transformational effect of an activity on the social fabric of the community and well being of individuals.

Social Innovation

New strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds — from working conditions and education to community development and health — and that extend and strengthen civil society.