Nordic Changemaker Map

Taking the pulse on the Nordic Changemaker landscape

The Nordic Changemaker Map aims to identify and analyze the current health status, networks and trends among Changemakers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The collected data will be developed into a digital and visualised map, a set of recommendations and public event series.  

The Nordic Changemaker Map is a collaborative project with the objective to identify key stakeholders, networks, connectivity and needed support to strengthen the Nordic ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and Changemaking.


The Map uses a Snowball Analysis method that enables a grassroots approach to and thus engaging Changemakers from all parts of the region. The Map will be conducted both through a quantative approach of online questionnaire, as well as through in-depth personal interviews.


The Nordic Changemaker Map invites 3 categories of Changemakers:

(a) established social entrepreneurs,

(b) young Changemakers, and

(c) Changemaker initiatives.

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Danish Changemaker Map |

February - December 2021
(currently baseline map)

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Finnish Changemaker Map |

October 2020 - March 2021 
(full-scale map)

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Norwegian Changemaker Map |

February - December 2021
(currently Phase 1 map)

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Swedish Changemaker Map |

February 2021 - August 2021 
(full-scale map)


Pilot phase |

September - December 2020


A pan-Nordic map health check on Changemakers. Develop a digital map, recommendations and event series to further strengthen the ecosystem.

Success Scenario

A collaborative platform to connect Changemakers, enhance cross-sectorial collaborations, support societally-driven ideas and engage new actors in the field.


Enhanced sector for social entrepreneurs, young Changemakers and joint initiatives to thrive and further develop the Nordic region through Changemaking.


Increased awareness on Changemaking, acceleration of collaborations, and a a rigid analysis of the qualitative and quantitively processed data.

The three pillars of the Nordic Changemaker Map

Changemakers Nodes

A visualised and digital map that allows ecosystem players to better understand the current state of the Nordic Changemaker scene. The digital map aims to provide an easily accessible platform to further connect and enhance their individual Changemakers and collaborative efforts on a national and cross-regional level.

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Changemaker Trends

Through a careful analysis the Map wishes to identify trends among Nordic social entrepreneurs, young Changemakers and joint initiatives. The analysis will serve as a springboard to take more informed strategic directions to support and evolve the scene in our society.

Event series

The event series is a space for ecosystem actors to think, dissect, explore and build together. The series will foremost bring forward the identified trends and invite for an open forum to with the mission to accelerate and enhance the field.




What is Ashoka? 

Ashoka is the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs and changemakers - since 1980, we have supported almost 3,800 social entrepreneurs in 94 countries. Ashoka is looking for Changemakers who will permanently change society’s systems and connect these Changemakers with experts and funders in our  Ashoka Fellowship network. Ashoka is also investing heavily in supporting tomorrow’s Changemakers. Ashoka has supported more than 40,000 Ashoka Young Changemakers worldwide. 

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Background of the Changemaker Map

Ashoka has been actively following the evolution of changemaking ecosystems since the 1980s. However, the first Changemaker Mapping and visualization of the ecosystem was conducted in 2014 in Austria. At that time, more than 1,600 Changemakers were interviewed based on 7,577 proposals. The Map resulted in a comprehensive picture of the country’s active Changemakers and their connections to each other. Besides, the survey increased the awareness of change agents among the general public and also strengthened the networking of the ecosystem.  


Mapping is a great tool for this, as it sheds light on the gender distribution of the ecosystem, the thematic priorities, the gaps and the areas where investment and support accumulate. The mapping also shows what are the barriers to ecosystem development and, on the other hand, what would help Changemakers scale their impact. 

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Network partners

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Want to know more?

Nathalie Sajda

Nordic Changemaker Map
& Youth Manager