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Charles Tsai
Charles Tsai is a social innovator and educator of young changemakers. He mentors young social entrepreneurs and helps universities build campus cultures to support changemaking. Charles is the creator of the viral video, "If students designed their own schools…," about the self-directed learning program, Independent Project. He's the founder of Social Creatives, a Vancouver-based charity, and works for Ashoka Canada as Director of Learning Networks. He started his career reporting and and producing for CNN at the network's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Entries by Charles Tsai

How Angry Birds Can Change the World

(6) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 10:12 AM

I don't work for Rovio, the maker of the video game Angry Birds. Nor am I trying to get people to buy the game. (I only play the free versions myself.)

But in every talk I've given on social innovation in the last few months, I've played clips from...

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Can Violent Games Promote Peace?

(9) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 3:00 PM

If video games are still on trial, they've been steadily building a pretty strong case in their defense.

First, Steven Johnson releases Everything Bad is Good for You, arguing that games may in fact sharpen our problem-solving skills and improve our IQ.

Next, Jane McGonigal makes the case...

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Al Gore: 'Games Are the New Normal'

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 8:38 PM

On the first day of the 8th Annual Games for Change Festival in New York, there was one question on everyone's mind: "What's Al Gore going to say at a gaming conference?" Maybe he will announce a game on climate change?

Imagine saving "climate refugees" from the...

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A Poodle, a Kitten and a Really Smart Crow: Lessons in Change

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 1:00 PM

If you clicked on this, you probably are a sucker for animal stories. You watch every animal video sent to you and feel a tad guilty for doing so at work. Well, you can banish that guilt, temporarily. These irresistible videos are SFW (safe for work).

Believe it or not,...

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'I'm Inspired: Now What?' -- A Beginner's Guide to Social Change

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2011 | 10:14 AM

What a difference a decade makes. In 2001, when I worked with the Creative Visions Foundation to produce PBS GlobalTribe, the first T.V. series of its kind that showcased people we now refer to as "changemakers" and "social entrepreneurs," we avoided using those terms, afraid they...

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Living on One Dollar: The Promise of Good Stories

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 11:36 AM

"Why do you focus on youth?" is a question I get asked from time to time about my work with social entrepreneurs. I was even asked this question by a freshman at UCLA during my recent lecture there on The Green Generation, which showcased countless examples of young people around...

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