Time magazine’s Christine Gorman blogs about the latest international health news on the TIME.com Global Health Blog (and yes, it has an RSS feed).
What does one of the world’s most famous rock stars know about poverty? Plenty. Bono not only makes great music, he is making big changes in the world as well. In 2002, Bono founded DATA, Debt AIDS Trade Africa. He now influences popular culture AND the world’s most powerful leaders. In recognition of his achievements, TIME magazine named him one of 2005’s Persons of the Year.
From the FastCompany web site: “Introducing the Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award winners–25 entrepreneurs solving the world’s toughest problems with creativity, ingenuity, and passion. Because they can’t stand a vacuum. ”
Over the past few years, I’ve been doing an increasing amount of research about social entrepeneurs, nonprofit organizations, and local and global challenges. Because I believe it’s my responsibility and privilege to share the knowledge that I collect, I’m launching a new blog for my findings and thoughts on how we can change the world for the better. You can find it at http://changemaking.blogspot.com.
There’s not much there yet, but please stay tuned for more.
[2008–10-29: Note–the Change Making blog now lives in this category here at lauriethompson.com.]
The book that started all of this for me was How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein. He profiles people who have made a change in their world, focusing on nine individuals who were selected for fellowships by an organization called Ashoka. Ashoka’s mission is “to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world.”
I found each of the individual’s stories to be an inspiration. The things that they accomplished were indeed extraordinary, yet the people themselves did not seem to be that much different from anyone else that I know. What made them stand out was their conviction, determination, and perseverance. Maybe we don’t necessarily need to be smarter, richer, or better connected to make a difference. Maybe we just need to try.
Over the past few years, I’ve been increasingly drawn to social entrepeneurship and the power to change the world that has been demonstrated by individuals. With the rise of technology, globalization, and wealth, the power to create positive change in the world is ever-increasing. Still, there are serious global challenges that humanity must face. This blog will highlight individuals and organizations who are solving problems, not just treating them, in new and interesting ways. It is my hope to inform and inspire others to rise to the challenge and create an upward spiral of change making throughout the world.
“KidsQuest Children’s Museum — Exciting new Eastside space for fun and learning”, ParentMap, January 2006
“Holiday travel with babies and toddlers”, ParentMap, December 2005
“Expert education tips for new parents”, ParentMap, October 2005
“Decision digest — Private cord blood banking and diapers”, BabyMap, Fall/Winter 2005–2006