Beeta Ansari

Beeta is Ashoka U’s Exchange Director, the world’s largest global convening for social entrepreneurship education.

Ashoka U and GOOD recognize the GOOD Maker Challenge winners

Just over two months ago, 400 entrepreneurial leaders in higher education met at Arizona State University for the 2012 Ashoka U Exchange. We wanted to know: Can only two days of inspiration, learning, and sharing in a collaborative environment lead to impact?

The answer? Unmistakably, YES. From social impact initiatives such as an e-waste recycling center and urban micro-aquaponics systems to creative educational endeavors including storytelling for social change and a proposal for a cross-university masters in changemaking, the Ashoka U Exchange community has been busy.

Thanks to our partnership with GOOD, the top three ideas (one winner decided by a public vote and two selected by Ashoka) have been awarded free registrations to share their progress at the 2013 Exchange.

Join us in congratulating these innovators who created the most impact since the Exchange! Spud Marshall, Executive Director of the New Leaf Initiative, decided that changemakers can “do life better, together.” He developed a video proposal, a website, and secured a house as a co-living environment to connect passionate social innovators with young professionals and experienced mentors. They are now accepting applications for Penn State University students for the fall – and the model is replicable.

Turning students into well-paid professional changemakers: After leading a workshop at the Exchange, Mrim Boutla, co-founder and Managing Partner at More Than Money Careers, realized that few participants were aware of the wide range of career opportunities to “do well while doing good.” As a result, she developed 12 self-paced coaching modules to help students prepare for well-paying values-driven careers.

AYZH SisterFriend Safe Birth Kits: Ashoka Fellow and founder of the Birthing Project, Kathryn Hall-Trujillo discovered student allies from Tulane University and the University of Virginia. As a truly cross-campus and cross-country initiative, they will develop AYZH SisterFriend Safe Birth Kits, assembled with the help of women in India, to impact the lives of more than 50,000 pregnant women in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Check out all 15 impressive stories of impact and get ready to share your own ideas to change yourself, change your campus, and to change the world at the 2013 Ashoka U Exchange at the University of San Diego.