The Ashoka Learning and Action Center is a European think tank launched in 2018 by Ashoka, the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs. The Center produces and disseminates practice-oriented research that cuts across all Ashoka programs and initiatives, connecting with policy stakeholders and the broader social entrepreneurship sector.

The Learning and Action Center screens and analyzes the knowledge held by Ashoka on European social challenges, social innovation, system-changing ideas and the approaches of Ashoka Fellows to social issues, delivering actionable insights that can inspire collective solutions. We believe that it is the combination of different perspectives and expertise that can change the world for the better.  

Our goals are: 

  • To spot and connect innovative solutions for complex social problems; 
  • To identify system change methodologies and tools that can be shared between social entrepreneurs;  
  • To develop evidence-based action formats for addressing social issues; 
  • To support the continuous improvement of concepts and procedures within Ashoka; 
  • To foster a knowledge network across organizations involved in social entrepreneurship.

Knowledge products

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Systemic and Empowering. Social Entrepreneurship in the Time of Philanthrocapitalism is the latest report from Ashoka's Learning and Action Center and Globalizer teams. It shows how social entrepreneurs can contribute to meaningful social change in a way that counters common criticisms.

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The empowerment and boosting of social entrepreneurship; key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Spain.

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The study is based on our analysis of 25 leading social entrepreneurs who are Ashoka Fellows that work to strengthen democracy. They reveal how democratic ideals must be dispersed throughout all levels of their work to promote a society based on democratic values. 


Media Coverage

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Mon, 9 Nov 2020

Demand is rising for social innovation in a rapidly-changing world. Let’s look at the big picture.

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Wed, 23 Sep 2020


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Thu, 28 May 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic sees social entrepreneurs throughout Europe and the...


Thu, 6 Feb 2020

The digital transformation influences the role of organizations pursuing social goals in society and fundamentally changes how they organize and reach their objectives. Miriam Wolf and Alexandra Ioan suggest that organizations pursuing social goals can, and already do take, a key role in shaping...


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