International Civil Society


Exchange of Ideas between Dedicated Young People from Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia
The title "ChangemakerXchange" stands for an exchange of ideas between young people from Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, all of whom are working with self-determination on innovative solutions to social, environmental, or societal problems in their immediate surroundings. Driven by the success of the past years, the program year 2016 will include a summit held in Japan and will be extended to encompass the countries Germany, South Korea and Japan.

The "Changemakers" are being given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the conditions of social entrepreneurship and enhance their own initiatives in a dialog with other participants. The project is being carried out jointly by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Ashoka Turkey, and Ashoka Youth Venture.

Since 2012 190 young socially engaged people from 50 countries came together at altogether ten summits. The summits have so far been held in Istanbul, Berlin, Marrakesh, and Hiroshima/Tsuwano. During the five days of the events the participants discuss topics of relevance to them like teamwork, project management, financing, and communication. In open-space-sessions they give each other input and share their expertise. They presented their own projects, developed them further, and worked on common ideas for new international initiatives. Particularly innovative project ideas receive financial support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung and are overseen by Ashoka Youth Venture. So far we have supported 40 such international collaboration projects, which had themselves more than 1.800 direct beneficiaries.

In July 2014, a first Alumni Conference took place. The second Alumni Conference was held in May 2016 in Marrakech.
Ashoka: Ashoka is the first organization promoting social entrepreneurship and is the global leader in this field. Ashoka is active in 70 countries and has also supported social entrepreneurs in Turkey since 2000. In September of 2011, Ashoka opened an office in Istanbul.
Ashoka Youth Venture: Ashoka Youth Venture was founded in the United States in 1997, and is currently active in 17 countries. 3,500 outstanding teams of young people are the basis of the fast-growing, international Changemaker movement.