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Dev Aujla
Dev is the founder and Executive Director of DreamNow, a charitable
organization that produces ideas that do good for the world. As a
producer, DreamNow brings together people, raises money and plans for
the growth of ideas. The ideas which Dev has played a role in
producing reach over fifty thousand people annually and have
collectively raised over 3 million dollars.

Dev is currently working on a book which will build on DreamNow’s
successful research into how a new generation is finding ways to make
money and change the world. Apart from this research, DreamNow is best
known for launching Continuum, a social enterprise that provides
follow up for conferences and programs around the world.

Dev’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets including
Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail and MTV. Dev has been selected as
one of the world's top 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs by the
Global Knowledge Partnership, as one of the top 25 young Canadians
changing the world by the CBC and as the recipient of the
Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service.

He currently sits as an advisor to the Laidlaw Foundation and is a
director of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. Dev holds an English Literature degree from the University of Western Ontario and currently splits his time between New York and

Entries by Dev Aujla

Money Stories: Jessie Spector

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Over the past 10 years, we have spoken to hundreds of people across North America and documented stories about life, work, passion and purpose from social disrupters, ethical innovators and positive changemakers. Recently, we asked some of those we met to tell us a story about money. Specifically, What money...

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5 Rules to Funding Your Big Idea

(4) Comments | Posted October 30, 2011 | 11:30 AM

Over the last eight years, I have managed to raise over $1 million dollars from foundations and organizations for ideas that began as nothing more than scrawlings in my notebook.

Some of these ideas have led to the work I am doing now, such as the year I spent...

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When Should You Be a Full-Time Volunteer?

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2011 | 9:21 AM

Internships abound post-graduation, start-ups always need talent and many charities run on unpaid labor. The unpaid jobs are often exciting and grassroots, at the launch of a company or at the front lines of the nonprofit world, but still our own lives demand we pay down debt, we find independence...

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A Few Minutes with Farhad

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 1:30 PM

A shuttle picked us up from the train in Chappaqua, N.Y. The driver was intent on getting us to the retreat center, racing through several small upper N.Y. townships a tad too fast. It was the opening of the Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy Retreat run by Resource...

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Organizing Your Privilege

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 8:04 PM

Close to three years ago, I stumbled into the organizing world for what was originally supposed to be a getaway in West Virginia for a conference called 'Leveraging Privilege for Social Change'. I was expecting a week away from email, time commitments and speakers. What I left with was a...

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The Other 95%: Foundations Can Do More With Less

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 1:27 PM

Foundations have been really good to both of us, so a recent report from the Foundation Center on trends in philanthropic giving caught our eye:

The recent economic crisis caused the nation's more than 75,000 grant making foundations to cut their 2009 giving by an estimated 8.4 percent -- by...
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The World Bank's Gaming Play

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 11:37 AM

A few weeks ago, The World Bank Institute launched a social network-based game called Evoke. It's a first for the Bank and an attempt to reach a generation of mobile-enabled young people in developing countries with lessons in collaboration, sustainability, creativity, local insight and entrepreneurship. In...

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Training Ourselves for Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 5:23 PM

"It took me like ten years to graduate. I was working on my consulting business at the same time, and University only began to prepare me after I got all this work experience," Munira Ravji, the founder of a socially conscious event-planning company called Bene-Fete, told us. Like...

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The Key to Sustainability: 'Garment with Internal Bra'

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 11:25 AM

Arnold Goldman is a legend in the solar industry. Born in Israel, he came to the U.S. in the late seventies without any money or patents. He was an entrepreneur and spent days reading Department of Energy reports that listed all of the technology the government had invested in, developed...

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