6 new books by Ashoka Fellows

Dec 27, 2019

Inspiring reads for your 2020 reading list

As we enter the new year, we’re looking to social entrepreneurs to show us what’s around the bend. Translating their experience to the page, these Ashoka Fellows are helping us to see social and environmental challenges in a different light and find the best ways to plug into meaningful change.

Introducing 6 new books from 2019 you’ll want to carry forward into the new decade, all written by U.S.-based Ashoka Fellows. Enjoy and share!

Eat Like A Fish: My Adventures As A Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

By Bren Smith

An Ashoka Fellow since 2015, Bren is training a new generation of 3D ocean farmers to grow sea greens for food and other uses — creating jobs while protecting the planet. We talked to Bren about his book here.

How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations

By Marc Freedman

#1 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of the year’s best books on aging well. An Ashoka Fellow since 2005, Marc has sparked a movement to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife to solve our society’s most vexing problems. He founded Encore.org.

Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders

By Angelou Ezeilo

An Ashoka Fellow since 2016, Angelou imagines a conservation movement that welcomes people of all backgrounds. She founded Greening Youth Foundation to create pathways for young people of color to connect with green jobs.

Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise

By Eboo Patel

An Ashoka Fellow since 2004, Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core based on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division, helping people find common values to build a shared life together.

Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now

By Jordan Kassalow

An Ashoka Fellow since 2010, Jordan is extending affordable eye care to millions of people worldwide, enabling them to live healthy and productive lives. He founded VisionSpring.

Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice

By Vivek Maru

An Ashoka Fellow since 2014, Vivek supports community paralegals (“barefoot lawyers”) worldwide so they can help their communities understand, use, and shape the law. Vivek founded Namati.

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Searching for other inspiring and perspective-shaping books? Check out what Ashoka Fellows are reading here.


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