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Sushmita Ghosh

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

Changemakers.net, and initiative of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, arose out of the need to unpack working principles that would enable social change agents to see how their individual initiatives fit into larger patterns of change. In addition to distilling the insights, Changemakers.net led discussions based on them, drawing in contributions from a self-selecting social change community. Drawing on emerging user needs, Changemakers is now enabling independent replication and scaling of the initiatives of social entrepreneurs by complementing social change principles with action how-to's for social organisations as well as ordinary citizens -- gradually expanding its reach to college campuses.

The most important long-term contribution that Changemakers.net is working on is the promotion of self-energising community initiative , through the "open sourcing" of citizen action how-to's recommended by social entrepreneurs.

Changemakers.net content has found represnetation in over 70 of the 100 leading sites on Social entrepreneurship on the web and over 110 Changemakers articles have been syndicated in web and print publications worldwide, in locations as diverse as Japan, South Africa, the United States, Australia and India.

Brief Biography

Sushmita Ghosh is the President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global organization dedicated to developing a competitive citizen sector through thepower of social entrepreneurs. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Changemakers.net, an e-service that provides changemaking how-to's to social change organisations and ordinary citizens, to form self-energising communities of changemakers.

Ms. Ghosh has previously served as international vice-president of ashoka and as Ashoka's country representative for India from 1989-1997. She also helped Ashoka launch new programs in Latin America and directed Ashoka's European fundraising efforts successfully.

She served as sub-editor, research director and executive Director of Maneka gandhi's national Indian newsmagazine, "Surya" from 1979-1982. A successful career as a freelance journalist followed, working with every major mainstream publication in India, including The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, Business Standard, Sunday magazine etc.

Sheserveson the Boards of four non-profits -- Consumer Unity and Trust Society (India), Energy Environment group (India), gender action (U.S.A.) and Communications for Social Change (U.S.A)

Sushmita graduated at the top of her class in the University of Delhi, earning a Bachelop of Arts in History and a national scholarship for academic excellence for being one of the top three achievers in all of Delhi.