Widely regarded as the "Nobel Prize for students," the Hult Prize challenges university students from around the world to dream up ideas for profitable startups that aim to solve humanity's greatest challenges.
Breakthroughs in our understanding of the developing brain, converging evidence from program evaluation, and a growing political consensus regarding the unique developmental potential of young children make this an extraordinarily powerful moment for early education policy and practice.
In Indonesia, there are big questions to be resolved surrounding early childhood education. Projects like Sanggarai are a great start, but only have momentary impact.
As I near graduation, I've noticed my peers and I suddenly have a checklist of criteria our first job has to fit. It must be financially successful, intellectually stimulating, something we are "passionate" about, and a benefit to society.
Hult Prize at BRAC University was a provocative experience not only for me, the organizers, and the participants; It is an idea that has already given birth to many more and its impact will be realized when these ideas are materialized.
In short, our Hult Prize@ event in Monterrey had a lasting effect on our participants and in our social entrepreneurship ecosystem, making it even more important and relevant.
It is not about setting new rules; it is about finding tangible ways to prove that new ways of thinking get results.
Now, we need more people to become social entrepreneurs, driving positive change in society and the world. Perhaps no better option exists to get out of the present crises this world is facing.
As a result of the rising social problems at the core of the January 2011 uprising, more young Egyptians are abandoning the traditional career paths and opting in for careers in social enterprises that fulfill them morally and intellectually.
Pakistan, despite being a developing country facing problems like illiteracy, poverty, war against terrorism and economic instability, fosters intelligent minds ready to cope up with challenges, and is in need of a platform to implement their ideas.
When I look back on my experiences with Hult Prize in 2014, what stands out to me is not the size of the problems we tackled, but the amount of heart invested in the solutions.
"Social enterprise is something new for China, but we are seeing more young people show enthusiasm to give it a try and become social entrepreneurs."
Identifying and launching the most compelling social business ideas is no small feat.
Most successful people count their mind as their greatest asset. They relied on it to develop a professional edge, overcome personal challenges, and keep running in a competitive world. But what if it never was given the chance to develop?
As global leaders converge in Davos to evaluate how best to solve some of the world's greatest challenges, I can't help but reflect on my 10-year career at leading global corporations, and my impact on those same challenges (or lack thereof).
I can hardly believe I am writing this, but our months of work became so very worthwhile when our first successfully trained bee stuck out her tongue.