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Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, May 28, 2015
I don’t recall a specific moment in my life when I thought to myself “I want to be a social entrepreneur”. But I have been involved in social activism from an early age. At 13, I started a campaign at school to provide supplies for children living...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, May 22, 2015
Something remarkable happened in the three years between 2008 and 2011 that fundamentally challenged our perception of leadership. It has caused such a revolutionary shift that we could soon look back on the very notion of leadership in the...
Mental health is an integral and essential component of health, according to the World Health Organization, yet many people do not have access to the care they need. It is estimated that over 400 million people suffer from depression globally, with...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, May 14, 2015
Newly elected Ashoka fellow and CEO of Bite the Ballot Mike Sani talks about his mission to build a brand new system that means all UK citizens “feel they’ve got a role to play” in society. Watch the video here. Polling stations are open across the...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, May 14, 2015
While technology companies and social impact entrepreneurs have historically operated independently of one another, they often share many common attributes and values: innovation, a desire for a better world, and a belief that technology has the...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, May 14, 2015
Organizations around the world are facing similar challenges: As we become increasingly interconnected and the rate of change accelerates, the traditional ways of working do not always serve us or the problems we are looking to address. Amidst...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, May 14, 2015
Last week, ClientEarth won a historic victory at the UK Supreme Court that could save thousands of lives. The ruling forces the government to deliver plans for urgently needed cuts in air pollution and the implications of this victory...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, May 8, 2015
New research suggests that business leaders in every part of the globe are under-performing when it comes to the skills and capacities they will need in the 21st Century. Gurnek Baines and his team at YSC undertook a detailed...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, May 7, 2015
With fewer than 20% of Milwaukee’s third graders reading proficiently, cradle to career partnership Milwaukee Succeeds wanted to test the effectiveness of a promising strategy: literacy coaching for teachers.   To test this strategy,...
In the past year, I gained more insights into the education system than ever before. Social entrepreneurs across Europe and a peace activist with a very special grandfather, showed me how changing the way we teach our children could eventually...