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Sparking Change in India’s Largest Red Light District (Part II)

Lisa Jones | May 19, 2014
Working within the System Most of us couldn’t imagine having tea with a brothel owner, let alone spending hours helping him or her to learn and practice English. While I was in awe of how...

Sparking Change in India’s Largest Red Light District (Part I)

Lisa Jones | May 15, 2014
Seeing Beyond Walls of Misperception If you visit Garstin Bastion Road in Delhi during the day, you will see hardware shops lining a crowded thoroughfare where merchants peddle industrial supplies...

Rebuilding Homes and Hearts: My Life in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda

Anna Oposa | April 25, 2014
Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) broke the Philippines. The “perfect storm,” as it was referred to, shattered scientific records as it stretched 600 kilometers in...

Business as a Platform for Social Advocacy

Laiden G. Pedriña | January 17, 2014
Environmental issues often take a backseat when people are disenfranchised and financially challenged. We can’t preach sustainable lifestyles when individual lives are not sustainable to begin...

Why Every Leader Should Have a Balcony Moment

Fredrick Ouko | January 10, 2014
I am often reminded that I cannot change the world by myself, nor do it overnight. The business of changing the world is a process and requires concerted efforts that can only be achieved through...

Chasing The Vision: New Milestones In YouthActionNet Africa Expansion

Jessie Elisberg | September 19, 2013
This summer has been a busy and exciting time for me, because in addition to the Laureate Global Fellowship, I get to work on YouthActionNet’s efforts to adapt our model for local and regional...

Celebrating International Literacy Day

Selene Biffi | September 9, 2013
There are almost on billion illiterate people in the world. Or, if you prefer, one out of seven. Hard to believe, right? And it is even harder if you consider the fact that literacy is a basic...

Techamos Una Mano: a Photo Essay

Lisa Jones | August 28, 2013
Fellow Rodrigo Arnaud is the recipient of a 2012 Starbucks Youth Action Grant . Rodrigo is the founder of Techamos Una Mano (Lend a Helping Hand), an organization working to promote the participation...

Closure in Mentoring Relationships

Arundhuti Gupta | July 31, 2013
"I never thought I’d have a mother after losing mine." This was what one of our Mysore mentees said about her relationship with her mentor in a pre-closure meeting. When our Mysore...

From Social Entrepreneur To Communicator In Chief

Frank Fredericks | July 22, 2013
Being the founder of a startup or social business can be overwhelming. While you founded the organization to counter violence, end hunger, or promote human rights, you’ll likely find yourself...