We began this journey to ensure that another Lonesome George situation does not happen again. We believe every one of us has the power within to shift to long-term thinking while making systemic, replicable, and sustainable changes within our own communities.
The pace of change is accelerating. To be sure, the world has always been in flux. But the increase is now truly exponential. As Drayton explains, "change begets change as much as repetition reinforces repetition."
The latest iteration of social enterprise will lead to faster rates of deep social impact, and to an increase in the ways talented people can make structured contributions to social and economic change.
Lack of nutrients is the cause of 3.5 million avoidable deaths annually and the greatest cause of poverty. Leave it to a technology innovators' conference to frame the relief of global malnutrition as a business opportunity.
Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act? Would communities be increasingly populated with people who were neither narcissistic nor emotionally empty?
Like going through CS Lewis' wardrobe to Narnia or over the rainbow to Oz, last week's Opportunity Collaboration, which was focused on alleviating global poverty, required an adjustment to the juxtapositions of a new realm.
A conference in the Caribbean? Some people wouldn't care if it was for underwater basket weaving -- they'll be there! If you are signing up for a conference for a break from the stress of day to day of work, you might want to pick one where you think you can have some fun!
Social entrepreneurs are holistic thinkers who want to dissolve the walls that have traditionally separated government, business and the nonprofit sector. They believe an integrated approach -- which is core to social entrepreneurial methodology -- has the best chance of success.
As we discovered with banking, you don't need to visit a polished institution with rigid hours to access your money -- yet we still generally schlepp to a hospital or other formal health care facility for every manner of health service.
What is the force moving this mountain? After all, universities are decentralized, lumbering bureaucracies that don't exactly embrace monolithic approaches to anything, especially if it is primarily focused on practical application.
Changemakers has been a leading platform for social innovators to grow and scale their ideas for a decade. This time, the very nature of the innovations and the competition theme itself enhanced the process, speeding up the rate of collaborative changemaking even more.
Until recently, the privatization of humanity's most valuable resource was a Third World problem. Now the idea and the economics behind it are spreading to more developed countries like China, Russia, Canada, and even the United States.