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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. 

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As we stand on the threshold of an epochal decade, we are confronted with an urgent need to find, fund, and support transformative solutions at a far greater pace than ever.

For 40 years, Ashoka has found that the world's leading social entrepreneurs, who are recognized as Ashoka Fellows, are at the heart of systems change. On the cusp of Ashoka's 40th anniversary, it has invited partners in the citizen sector to develop a joint perspective on the critical question: how do we get better at funding and supporting systems change?

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Ashoka Fellows frequently report that their most impactful work – the kind that is focused on system change – is generally the least funded. This presents a clear challenge and opportunity for funders to grow the impact of their funding by adopting a system change approach.

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How are social entrepreneurs tackling Europe’s most pressing challenges? We explored the work of 194 Ashoka Fellows to find out.

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Major waves are poised to rip through our society. Demographic shift, global mobility, urbanization, and digitization of the working world – our traditional perspective no longer suffices to answer all the questions raised. Yet we need solutions to these questions – socially and economically.