What is ASPIRe?
ASPIRe is a global initiative co-created by Ashoka and Societal Platform to support a diverse cohort of Ashoka Fellows to reimagine how their social-impact mission can be redesigned, using the platform and system change thinking, to dramatically increase their impact to reach population scale.
Through an in-depth long-term accelerator process, we support seasoned social entrepreneurs to build a vision and strategy for achieving impact at a population scale. In the ASPIRe journey, an initial cohort of Ashoka Fellows experiments and apply proven design principles and best practices, to create/leverage open, shared infrastructure to distribute the ability to solve, decentralize implementation to enable stakeholders to implement the program in their context.
We live in the time of an explosion of social innovation, social entrepreneurs, large funding coming from philanthropists, corporates, impact investors etc and despite all of this, we still have millions of kids without access to proper education and healthcare, millions who don’t have access to drinking water or basic sanitary conditions. Millions are afflicted by the pressing issues that take away their agency, their dignity.
The co-creation of ASPIRe came from a common awareness that Ashoka and Societal Platform deeply felt: that we need to leverage our strengths and make an audacious attempt at solving problems at a population scale. To identify solutions of passionate leaders who believe in this aspiration and equip them with the tools that will help them achieve it in a planned manner is why ASPIRe exists.
ASPIRe fellows orchestrate to one purpose but allow for many solutions. By applying system change and platform thinking, participants design interventions and approaches that work at a population scale.
Through the accelerator, Ashoka Fellows clarify their intended system change and set their bold mission at scale. They conceive the shared infrastructure that is open for integration by creating standards and protocols that facilitate interaction and collaboration between key actors. Equity for All, in access, affordability and acceptance, is at the core of their design. They foster decentralized implementation to enable stakeholders to implement the program in their context. They build capacity and transition the roles of individuals and institutions that can sustain this new impact. They leverage the use of data to track progress, learn and adjust.
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