Youth Years Leader, Europe
Ashoka’s vision is of an Everyone a Changemaker society, where every person — and young people in particular — have the confidence, ability, and support to be changemakers for the good of all. In a world defined by rapid change, interconnectedness and uncertainty, and where our social problems are deep and urgent, changemaking must become the new literacy. Such a shift is significant and will require a movement that fundamentally re-examines how young people grow up and learn — in and out of school — and how we see and support them today as change agents. It will require more than any specific curriculum or skill set, but rather a new mindset and new priorities.
The role of the Youth Years Leader is focused on making sure that every young person self-actualizes as a changemaker. Ashoka is unleashing demand for the imperative 21st-century skills of empathy, teamwork, new leadership, and changemaking in households and schools across the nations. To do this we have mobilized Ashoka Fellows and young changemakers across Europe and strategic partners across many sectors. The directive of this network is to create a fundamental shift in society where becoming a changemaker is as valuable as learning to read and write.
Over the last 35 years, Ashoka Innovators for the Public coined the term social entrepreneur and pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship globally. On one hand, we searched and launched 3,000+ extraordinary men and women with system changing ideas to solve problems. These include leaders like Jimmy Wales, Harish Hande, Shaheen Mistri, and Kailash Sathyarthi.
On the other, we helped the world see why social entrepreneurship was a more powerful way to drive change. Seeing differently, helped people do differently. Investors invested in them, journalists wrote about them, universities created programs and taught courses, and incubators/accelerators supported them. In some countries, even governments created policies to support social entrepreneurs.
We continue to grow global movement of social entrepreneurship, and , we recognize this is not enough. The rate of change is accelerating and our problems are growing faster than our solutions. In such an environment it is not enough for a few to lead and others to follow. Everyone must be a changemaker. Above all others, four changemaking skills – empathy, teamwork, creative problem-solving, and leadership – are essential to equip each of us to respond to changes around us.
And this can happen only if we start young! Like math and science, changemaking skills need to be practised early on. More than skills to memorize and repeat, it is the skills to empathize, collaborate, and constructively act that will equip children to survive and lead in the current reality. Changemaking skills are as important as literacy was in the industrial era.
To prepare our children to face challenges we cannot yet conceive, the most powerful thing we can do is to help society prioritize changemaking skills for children and youth. Ashoka is committed to driving a mindset shift in society from one in which aspirations for children are benchmarked on grades, to one that measures mastery of changemaking skills.
Ashoka is not setting out to teach every child changemaking skills. Instead, Ashoka is committed to acting as a catalyst focused on creating urgency and demand for changemaking skills in society.
Much like what we did with the field of social entrepreneurship, we are seeking to drive this mindset shift in society by helping people see differently. We intend to work with co-creators (Ashoka Fellows, young changemakers, and other leaders) to influence key actors including, parents, schools, governments, media, and companies to see why changemaking skills are key for their children to succeed and contribute effectively in society. It will open opportunities to change how we parent, what we teach our children and youth, what stories we write, how we hire and organize, and how to report success.
Success to us lies in tipping the narrative in society on what we believe are the key skills children need. Metrics: Do other key influencers now say changemaking skills are key? Are more parents prioritizing changemaker skills for their children? Are schools or government now using pedagogy and curriculum to instil changemaking skills in teachers and children? Are companies looking to hire changemakers? Are big media platforms writing about changemaking skills for children and championing a role for young leaders in mainstream decision-making?
The Leadership Role
Ashoka is looking for an exceptional changemaker to join its Global Leadership Team as part of a three-person co-lead team in Europe. The two other co-leaders on your core team are focused on (a) early childhood and mastering the foundational skill of changemaking, empathy and (b) creating a European communications architecture to change the societal narrative for growing up successfully to be “everyone a changemaker”.
Your role, as Europe Youth Years Leader , is focused on making sure that every young person self-actualizes as a changemaker.
Are you an entrepreneur/intrapreneur who has a proven commitment to innovation and big change? Do you have a track record of seeing a new possibility and making it a reality?
Are you creative to do this with the least possible resources?
Are you strategic in the way you drive change? Do you have strong conceptual thinking skills?
Can you be empathetic and collaborative to work with exceptional leaders as a part of your team of teams?
As the Europe Youth Years Leader, you must have:
The role is based out of LONDON, UK. The role is a strongly intrapreneurial one that gives you the freedom and opportunity to leverage our exceptional global network and bring the future closer.