29 Mar 2009
Becoming a 2009 Ashoka Fellow
I am delighted to be able to announce that I recently became a Fellow of Ashoka, the international organisation that supports social entrepreneurs. There are over 2000 Ashoka fellows around the world, doing amazing work. I had never thought of myself as being a social entrepreneur, indeed I am still trying to work out quite what the term means, but it is a great honour to receive the support of this organisation, and what they can bring to the Transition Network is potentially fantastic.
I was in London the other day for the inauguration of the 3 new 2009 Ashoka Fellows, Tom Steinberg, Junior Smart and myself. Both Tom and Junior are doing amazing things. Becoming an Ashoka Fellow brings some great resource to Transition. It brings a stipend, which means for the first time I can be paid fulltime for the work I do, it also brings some amazing project support, both from Ashoka itself and from the range of organisations that offer pro bono work to them. It also brings some funding for a project yet to be agreed on. One of the first things they are working on is a paper exploring, both for Transition Network, and for individual initiatives, of crowd funding and social lending.
It is still early days of figuring exactly how they can support our work, but it has huge potential for really supporting and accelarating the rapid growth of the Transition movement. My deep thanks go to the folks at Ashoka for seeing some kind of potential in what we are doing, and for their support. For the inauguration, a short film was made about each Fellow. Here is mine, filmed when I was recently in Minchinhampton to give a talk, with cameos from some good people from Transition Stroud. My thanks to them.