The ASPIRe Story
ASPIRe was launched in April 2020 as a joint initiative between Ashoka and Societal Platform (now referred to as Societal Thinking). The impetus for this collaboration came from two organisations with complementary goals, priorities and ambitions and a catalyst (Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies) that jump started the co-creation. Reflecting on ASPIRe's first three years has been a valuable exercise in understanding not just our own journey but also the evolution of our partners, funders, and Ashoka Fellows.
Ashoka, with over 40 years of experience supporting social entrepreneurs, in scaling systemic social change, was seeking pathways for Fellows to leverage technology for impact. The question was who in the social sector had leveraged technology in a way that worked for all citizens.