Julie’s Bicycle has announced that Alison Tickell, founder and CEO, has been honoured as a lifelong Ashoka Fellow.
The world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, Ashoka Fellows are a global community of peers. All Fellows are deeply committed to championing social good and innovative new ideas that can transform society’s systems to improve millions of lives around the world.
Through their work, Ashoka Fellows provide vital solutions and define the new roadmaps that can allow people to thrive and become changemakers in their own communities. Through the Ashoka programme, Fellows receives support throughout their entrepreneurial journey, from coaching and leadership development, to structured courses and training.
Alison Tickell, who founded the pioneering non-profit Julie’s Bicycle in 2007, said, “Joining the global, connected community of Ashoka Fellows is an exciting step in Julie’s Bicycle’s journey. This network will support us to broaden our reach and engage a wider network of partners internationally. We aim to further galvanise the arts and culture community to take action on the climate crisis and impact policy.”
Ashoka, which has built and nurtured Fellows for more than 40 years, led one of the largest studies of ‘system changing social entrepreneurs’ ever conducted in 2018. The Unlonely Planet Impact Report demonstrated how Ashoka Fellows have made systems-level impact:
74 percent have achieved change in public policy or legislation, others are changing market systems, and mindsets.
Ashoka Fellows know that in order to spread their idea quickly and turn it into society’s “new normal,” they must employ innovative strategies to get their idea into the hands of as many people as possible. 90% of Fellows have seen their idea replicated by independent groups; 65% have seen their idea replicated within their country of residence; and 41% have seen their idea replicated in other countries.