It is people like Geoffrey Canada, founder of the now-famous Harlem Children's Zone, who see problems and determine to try to fix them, that are shaping the landscape of social entrepreneurship in the 21st century.
Budget cuts and a struggling economy have left teachers without the tools to foster dreams and achievement in kids. So naturally, as I think about impact outside the basketball court, I'm drawn to education.
Gail and Zach directed mourning friends and family to the site -- and ultimately to teachers across the country looking for help their schools can't or won't provide -- as an alternative to checks or flowers.
Whether you want to start a movement, do something to give back or just share your story -- here are some great platforms that are enabling different ways for people to participate and make a difference.