Systems Change Strategy Accelerator


Our Accelerator helps social entrepreneurs gain clarity on systemic root causes of social and environmental problems and the importance of engaging more changemakers as part of the solutions. It enables them to design effective systems change strategies based on respect to all humans and nature. 

Refined since 2010, it is a structured collective thinking process between social entrepreneurs, systems thought partners from Ashoka and selected leaders from business and the social sector. 




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Our recipe for success

We run on average two accelerators per year, each for a cohort of 12 selected social entrepreneurs. Diverse in geography and topics, participants are always united by one theme that we define together with the cohort sponsor.  

Our recipe for success is  

  • a careful selection of social entrepreneurs  

  • expertise-based matching with thought partners, 

  • a proven strategy process based on three key principles, 

  • regular zoom calls, 

  • and an in-person 3-day summit with thought partners who then open doors and advance the social entrepreneurs' strategies.


This is what participants and partners say about the accelerator

This program is a great re-alignment of our core goals, to really figure out how we can change the system and to make it more concrete. This process has been a huge benefit for me, as a leader and changemaker, and has had a positive impact on my team members who participated in the program.

Melissa Malzkuhn
Founder and CEO of Motion Light Lab | Ashoka Fellow USA | Cohort Participant 2021
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At IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, we are proud to partner with Ashoka to support social entrepreneurs around the world with their systems change challenges and solutions, sharing our co-worker knowledge and taking inspiration from them on how IKEA can be more people and planet positive.

Åsa Skogström Feldt
Managing Director IKEA Social Entrepreneurship | Cohort Partner

I've gotten exposure to inspiring changemakers enacting systems change in unique ways. Interacting with them has also allowed me to broaden not just my network but also my perspective of how I might further leverage my talents to drive even more social and environmental impact in my career.

Massimiliano Hasan
Advisor at Topiku & FinTech Executive | Thought Partner
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Globalizer gave us the opportunity as a leadership team to intentionally spend time on refining our scale strategy. It has given us deeper clarity and an understanding of how we can achieve our vision and where to focus our energy on changing the system of youth education and upbringing in Africa.

Susannah Farr
Founder and CEO gold youth | Ashoka Fellow South Africa | Cohort Participant 2018

Working with Ashoka Fellows taught me a lot about specific topics in the sustainability space such as regenerative urban agriculture or sport as post-traumatic therapy. I wouldn’t have been exposed to these topics in my research and professional work so I am very grateful.

Marvin Henry
Consultant at McKinsey & Researcher at Utrecht University | Thought Partner
Globalizer Thought Partner

Our work has always focused on systemic change and impact. What the Globalizer did for our project was to create the space, discipline, and approach to introduce new perspectives and significantly accelerate outcomes.

Brent Kopperson
Founder and CEO Windfall Ecology Center | Ashoka Fellow Canada | Cohort Participant 2019

It has been enriching to participate on the program. The methodology and the process obliged me to participate with commitment and depth on every phase. The experience has helped me to re-think some issues in my own job and how to structure and bring some more method and substance to it.

Clemencia Nicholson
CFO at Arbusta Argentina | Thought Partner

This is how our process works


We invest much care into selecting those social entrepreneurs from the Ashoka network who at that moment are ready to invest the time and energy to take a birds’ eye perspective and challenge their own strategy. 


Around each participating social entrepreneur, we compose a team of the best fitting thought partners. We are privileged to have 300+ committed senior executives and business consultants in our network. 


Our thought process is based on the Globalizer principles, which we repeat to participants and thought partners alike:  

  • Aim for systems change! Or the problems will just reappear.  

  • Maximize indirect impact and engage other changemakers! You will not reach the tipping point alone.  

  • Open up! When you let go of control you allow for greater contributions from others needed to transform systems.


Each social entrepreneur is matched with a team of thought partners including Globalizer systems change experts,executives, entrepreneurs, and management consultants. Each team has 14 weeks to complete the five steps of our thought process:  

  • Problem. What exactly should change as a result of your work?  

  • Root causes. Which social systems keep the problem in place, and how?  

  • Systems change goal. Which element or dynamic in which social system do you want to change?  

  • Systems Change Story. How will the story of your intended systems change play out? What are the concrete milestones that need to be achieved?  

  • Contribution. What exactly will you do to make progress toward these milestones? 


Our thought process is available as a free online course.

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All parties benefit from the process

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Social Entrepreneurs and their teams

deepen their understanding of the problem they are working on, increase focus on systems change, indirect impact (rather than direct service only), and engaging more changemakers to shift the system, develop a clear action plan and strengthen their personal leadership skills to facilitate systems change.

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Thought partners from business and the social sector

get a deep dive into a social/environmental problem together with a systems change practitioner, have a chance to contribute their experience and networks, and gain insights on how they can create positive impact through their own work.


Ashoka systems thought partners (our team)

with every new cohort further refine their understanding of systems and strategies to achieve systems change and move towards and Everyone a Changemaker world, and consequently turn patterns they notice into evidence-based knowledge products open to all changemakers. 

Our current cohort

Ashoka Fellows who are working on Healthy Living and Longevity in topics around sports, intergenerational relationships, workforce, and contribution, amongst other areas.


Get to know our Globalizer Alumni

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Key figures from our latest corporate partnership

All engaged partner employees gained new motivation to do at least one of the following actions:   

  • engage colleagues to create positive social impact (72%)  
  • create positive social impact at work (93%)  
  • solve social problems beyond work (63%)   

All engaged partner employees gained new insights in at least one of the following areas:   

  • how to work, organize and lead (40%)  
  • markets and business models (55%)  
  • systems change (91%)  
  • social entrepreneurship (84%) 
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