Category: Young Real Leaders

The African Concept of Ubuntu Should be at the Heart of Human Rights

The African proverb “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” can be translated to mean that to be human is to recognize the humanity of others. It’s from this proverb that the notion of Ubuntu is developed — a phrase commonly used in Southern Africa when appealing to people’s better halves when discussing problematic situations.  The spirit of Ubuntu […]

The Rise of the Messy Resume

Are life sciences companies finally starting to value professionals with diverse and non-traditional career paths?  A few months ago, I was retained to find a medical executive for a growing biotech. The Hiring Manager set forth all of the expected criteria during our briefing, and then something extraordinary happened. “You don’t need to find me […]

10-year-old Leads Global Recycling Movement

Ten-year-old Ryan Hickman has been operating his own recycling company since he was three years old. Ryan’s Recycling started out as something fun that was also beneficial for the environment and has since turned into a means of addressing a recycling problem in California. Many California redemption centers have recently shut down because of a […]

6 Ways to Create The Next Generation of Leaders

As baby boomers retire from executive positions, millennials are expected to take over leadership roles and even to transform the organization in the future. Transformational thought leader, Rob Delany, worries that companies are risking losing their best and brightest… who will still become future leaders, but at their competitors. He asks, “how can companies attract and retain […]

The Growing Surveillance Threat. How Young People Will Save Us

Repeat after me, please … DIGITAL DATA ETHICS! One more time, please …DIGITAL DATA ETHICS! That’s better. Now let’s dig into it. It was mid-August, 2018. As a panelist at a Washington D.C. national conference of mass communication educators, I was trying to get the audience to focus on the unprecedented power and influence of […]

Talking to a Crowd? Get Personal

SPEAKING WITH IMPACTEach week, speech coach and leadership mentor James Rosebush will answer a question on how to improve your public speaking I have a fear of public speaking and try to avoid it at all costs. I feel that most people who know me personally would think that I would be a very good […]

Jaden Smith Brings Clean Water to Flint

Actor and rapper Jaden Smith is tapping into uncharted waters to lead a community effort. Flint, Michigan faced a water crisis when the city switched its new water source to the Flint River in 2014. Without corrosion controls, the city’s old pipes leached lead into Flint’s water, transforming the city’s water into poison. Five years […]

Rethink Your Business Before It’s Too Late

This week I had the opportunity to interview multi-business owner Jared Meyers of Legacy Vacation Club and Salt Palm brands who recently launched Florida For Good to help inform, inspire and connect Florida business owners to rethink the way they do business. You never know whom exactly you’re going to get on the opposite end […]

Remembering Nipsey Hussle: A Leader Los Angeles Needed

A dark cloud of despair has hung over the city of Los Angeles since Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his clothing store in L.A. on March 31st. With his passing, Los Angeles mourns more than just a music icon.   Nipsey, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was also an entrepreneur, […]

5 Ways to Better Manage Millennials in a Family Business

There are always gaps in attitudes and perspectives from one generation to the next. In a family business, trying to weave together the differences between the current generation and the next generation from a business perspective is always hard. But today’s gap between baby boomers and millennials is the biggest in history. From the boomer’s […]

They Killed my Mother, This is How I fought Back

The life of a child in a refugee camp is hard. There are shortages everywhere, But the worst is growing up without a future. A Congolese child refugee learned that if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Seven-year-old Baruani Ndume was almost another silent statistic of the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic […]

13-Year-Old Develops Cancer Treatment

Discovery Education and 3M have named 13-year-old Rishab Jain (above) the winner of the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for creating an algorithm to make pancreatic cancer treatment more effective. Jain’s algorithm uses artificial intelligence to accurately locate and track the pancreas in real-time during MRI radiotherapy. If you like this, subscribe here for more […]

Invest in Inexperience to Solve The Global Leadership Crisis

In a tumultuous world grappling with serious challenges in practically every domain, from violence and intolerance, to climate degradation, poverty, systemic inequality, and a global leadership crisis, it has become self-evident that we need to renew and expand our efforts to have a positive impact, rather than a destructive one, on the world around us. […]

Prosthetic Hand Wins Microsoft ‘Hackathon’

A team of students from Canada has won Microsoft’s annual student developer competition with their invention – a smart robotic prosthetic hand. Canadian company SmartARM developed a robotic prosthetic hand, using Microsoft Azure Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Cloud Storage, that uses a camera embedded in its palm to recognize objects and calculate the most […]

Meet The Guy Creating Clean Diesel Fuel From Beans

Positive environmental actions are celebrated on World Environment Day on June 5. But for South Africa’s Thabang Mabapa, who’s working on turning castor oil into a biodiesel, it’s a daily matter. An agriculture and energy entrepreneur, Mabapa founded Selokong Sa Dimelana, an organization that focuses on the farming, processing and distribution of castor oil for biodiesel […]

12-Year-Old Boy And Refugee Swim From Robben Island

A Congolese refugee and a 12-year-old boy, inspired by Mandela’s legacy, teamed up to complete a five-mile swim from Robben Island in Cape Town to raise funds for charity. The Freedom Day Swim took place on 21 April and saw people from around the world swim from Robben Island to the mainland. The island is […]

Ebay Billionaire Donates Millions to Keep #MeToo Moving

A website that makes reporting sexual assault easier is one of six organisations gifted $7.5 million by an Ebay billionaire in order to ramp up their effectiveness. The Skoll Foundation – started by Jeff Skoll, former president of Ebay – rewarded five female and one male social entrepreneurs tackling subjects as diverse as access to […]

Nude Foods: Cape Town’s First Plastic-Free Grocery Store

While walking the streets of Cape Town recently, I discovered South Africa’s very first plastic-free grocery store: Nude Foods. It has an old-school ambience with a simple, modern-twist. Founder Paul Rubin has created an environmentally friendly shopping experience for those who care about their food and how it’s packaged. Launched in December 2017 the store […]

Students From Around The World To Train Like Astronauts

Honeywell, a company that invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanization, has invited 325 students to an immersive, STEM-focused Leadership Challenge Academy Experience at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The 325 students from 35 countries and 25 U.S. states and territories will […]

I Lost my Arm, But I’m Still Part of Football

The love of football helped young Serbian Ljubomir Moravac recover from the loss of part of his left arm in a road accident – which ended his promising career as a goalkeeper – and he has found a new way forward in the game as a referee   Every month, as part of its #EqualGame campaign, UEFA […]

A 15,000 Calorie Diet, 45kg log and 100km shark-infested water swim

Endurance athlete Ross Edgley swims from Martinique to St Lucia… with a twist. From climbing a rope the height of Mount Everest to running a marathon while pulling a MINI, Ross Edgley is no stranger to the extreme. But the 32-year-old’s latest challenge is one he billed his toughest yet, swimming over 100 kilometres in jellyfish and […]

7 Ways Companies Can Attract And Engage Millennial Employees

Employee engagement is hitting an all-time low with only 29% of Millennials reporting that they are engaged at work. Why is this an issue? Actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $483 billion to $605 billion each year in lost productivity. These low engagement numbers are leading to significantly low retention rates. Only 31% of Millennials […]

What Does Entrepreneurship Mean in Other Cultures? I Found Out

As a millennial, I’m of the mindset that businesses should use their operations to make a profit and also impact their stakeholders. Whether that be through ethical supply chains, education, BOGO programs or the myriad social models that have sprung up in the past decade to make a difference in the world, triple bottom lines […]

Be Strong Documentary Tackles Bullying

Be Strong, a national, student-led youth empowerment organization dedicated to ending bullying in schools, is leading the charge to assure that no child lives with the isolation and fear of being bullied. In an effort to spread awareness in schools and the community, the organization will begin broadcasting its bullying prevention documentary online, reaching millions […]

10 Things You May Not Know About Teen Driver Safety

The biggest threat to teens’ safety is the vehicle sitting in their parents’ driveways. Yet, many parents and teenagers remain under-educated about the risks new drivers face.  If you like this, subscribe here for more stories that Inspire The Future. The National Safety Council has compiled a list of statistics and facts many parents and young people do […]

Meet Moringa, The Most Nutrient-dense Plant on The Planet

Meet Kuli Kuli, an Oakland-based startup that is showing how business can create social change by combating malnutrition in developing countries, and America too. Have you ever heard of Moringa before? This miracle tree is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, beating kale, spinach, and even spirulina for health benefits. Moringa is packed with […]

Mindfulness as a Path Toward Achieving The Global Goals

The world is a beautiful place, but somehow it seems that humankind’s presence here has done more harm than good. As a species, we kill other species and our own; we destroy natural habitats of wildlife, while mindlessly depleting our food supplies. Poverty and inequality plague us and have done so for decades. We are […]

Transforming The Way The World Views Failure

Fear of failure is an epidemic that stifles human potential and it’s time we rethink it. Whether stemming from a lack of confidence or negative past experiences, the effect of fear of failure can be immobilizing, stopping most people before they even get started. Over the years, I’ve coached hundreds of clients from all over […]

Ignorance is Not Bliss. We Must Take Action

We live in an ignorant world. A world that’s made to believe that it’s ok to live the same way each day: wake up, go to work, earn your salary, feed your children and do just enough to get by. But to me, this is real ignorance. Life often feels unfulfilling if we just do […]

Are we Using Social Media Responsibly or Dangerously?

Many people I know are victims of social media addiction and usually struggle to contain their online cravings. Some of the social media apps we tend to abuse include Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Because these apps were developed for commercial use, they’re designed to attract a maximum number of users, and as a […]

Why “Working on the Road” Can Strengthen Your Team

Seventy percent of millennials who took part in a recent survey stated that the ability to travel was the main motivation for working, second only to paying for necessities such as rent and bills. But while millennials may be foot-loose and experience-driven, they are also career-minded, ambitious and motivated by jobs that allow them to […]

Young People Key to Ending Fashion Labor Abuses

Young people have started to question how their clothes are made but consumers of all ages need to do more to tackle fashion labor abuses, according to a British lawmaker and sustainable fashion campaigner. Baroness Lola Young said young people are increasingly engaged with political and economic issues and willing to fight on social causes […]

16-year-old Sues Trump Over Climate Change

Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is not your average 16-year-old. He’s busy mobilizing an army of teenagers in over 50 countries to demand greener policies from world leaders. He’s also in a race to save climate change data before the Trump administration can destroy it. He’s been dubbed the “Kid Warrior” by some, a green activist by others, and a plaintiff […]

Why Governments Need Advice From Scientists

Late last year I attended to the 2nd International Network for Government Science Advice Conference, themed: “Science and Policy-Making: Towards a New Dialogue.” It was an exciting event for any early career researcher. Held from 29-30 September 2016 in Brussels it was co-organized by the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) and the European Commission. As […]

Millennial Perspective: A Generation of Investors Demanding Profit with Purpose

With every generation, attitudes shift and trends emerge that define an era. As the Millennial generation comes into adulthood, countless researchers and journalists are expounding on the behaviors and attitudes of this “Next Generation.” Though opinions differ, there is a growing consensus that global events and rapidly changing technology have combined to create a perspective […]

How to Raise a Young Leader

Why are some kids only interested in playing video games while others take action to change the world? Real Leaders asked someone who knows. As a 12-year-old, Craig Kielburger (picture above, left) convinced his parents that he needed to fly half-way around the world when he learned that children were being sold into slavery. Upon […]

David Beckham: Work Hard and Have a Passion for What you do

Football star and Unicef ambassador David Beckham has the following advice for young people – work hard, be dedicated, stay grounded and have a passion for what you do. In an interview at the Discovery Leadership Summit in Johannesburg yesterday, the 41-year-old former England soccer captain said his greatest sporting achievement was leading his national […]

Try Crowdfunding to Start Your Business

Crowdfunding has become very popular over the past few years. One of the most difficult parts of starting up a business is securing enough finance to get it up and running. If you’re unable to get a bank loan and have no connection to any investors, it can be extremely difficult to take your awesome idea and make […]

Brides For Good Change The Rules of Marriage

A wedding dress e-tailer wants to eradicate child marriage by 2030 with a proposal that’s hard to turn down. Founded by Chantal Khoueiry, Brides do Good is a pioneering social enterprise that offers brides-to-be the opportunity to purchase the world’s most beautiful pre-loved and sample designer wedding gowns from designers including: Alexander McQueen, Oscar De La […]

A Young Leader Takes a Step Away to Step up

I want to spend today doing things that prepare me to thrive tomorrow. With my decision to leave management consulting and New York, I’m keeping to my 2016 commitments: chasing opportunities that challenge and seeking environments that stretch me furthest. It’s tough. And it should be.  Eleven days into my stay in Colombia has meant a foreign land, a different […]

Young American Sailors Call for Action on Marine Pollution

Leading offshore sailors Charlie Enright and Mark Towill are sounding the alarm about the danger posed by marine debris and pollution, after recent research from the Ocean Conservancy estimated a staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is entering the ocean every year. The duo spent much of last year in the most remote waters […]

Leadership as a Space, not an Individual

How many times have you heard this before after missing a deadline at work: “You need to show more leadership.”  And if you get angry with a colleague: “You didn’t show any leadership spirit.” When a team doesn’t perform well, someone will say the supervisor doesn’t have leadership abilities. I have experienced this scenario for […]

Six Great Sustainable Building Ideas

Young architects from around the world have created some amazing sustainable structures that are helping to solve everyday problems, while also decreasing carbon emissions and utilizing natural materials. Below are six innovative and sustainable architectural solutions that are contributing to a better world.   "Den Grønne Ambassade" i Aarhus (DK) For et fantastisk møtested av arkitekt Steffen Impgaard ? #visitaarhus […]

Company Launches Kids Board of Directors

Kidbox has announced the launch of their Kids Board of Directors. The company is the first online shopping style box that deliver cool brands to kids, and is also on a mission to clothe children in need. They want to empower children to give back and start the conversation between parents and kids about social good. Kidbox launched in spring […]

Six Young Leaders Show the way

Young entrepreneurs are creating amazing solutions that are helping to solve everyday problems. Young-preneurs are now inspiring other young people to take up the challenge too. View below how a few young people on Instagram are sharing their solutions for a better and more connected world.   Here's a glimpse of the day we spent in Copenhagen with our cyclist number […]

What Job Was I Made For? Let’s Google it

Grown adults dangle from hanging chairs bolted to the ceiling. Young executives in T-shirts and jeans are barely visible inside giant, brightly-colored beanbags scattered on the floor, and a woman on a skateboard weaves through the desks while speaking on her mobile phone. The CEO arrives downstairs for a meeting by sliding out of a […]

Bricks with Benefits

A new way to introduce you to sustainablity. Meet Mwayanjaya Bolokonya From Malawi: an environmentally friendly, brick-making entrepreneur whose products only use one-tenth of the energy that normal bricks require. Building a village takes one brick at a time, and EcoBuild is setting out to build a better brick for Malawi homes. Bolokonya says the way they do […]

15 Cringeworthy Minutes With Mom That Could Save Your Career

It’s natural to want to be liked. People who say they don’t care what other people think are generally lying. And that’s good because people who really don’t care are sociopaths.  But people who care about the feelings of others have a difficult time managing performance.  We tend to put the warmth of our relationships […]

Planning Your Weekend? This Young Man is Planning our Future

The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum and is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Real Leaders Marketing & Alliance Coordinator, Jesse Pyrch, is a Global Shaper from […]

Plastic Soup: What Goes Into our Oceans Goes Into you

The ocean is Vincent Kneefel’s biggest passion and his mission is to make people fall in love with the oceans.  The Dutchman became a dive master and PADI instructor at the age of 18 and after seeing the extraordinary creatures and incredible marine life that live in our oceans, he decided to become an underwater […]

Business Trends: Millennials Rejecting the Default

We all know that Millennials are challenging our traditional work environments. But the big question is “why?” Why are Millennials challenging the system rather than assimilating like earlier generations? I struggled with finding an explanation other than demographics until I read a sentence written by professor Adam Grant in his recent book: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move […]

Bottletop: A Luxury Purchase That Gives Back

Bottletop has taken an eye for detail, combined it with community craft and projected it into the realm of luxury. Oliver Wayman and Cameron Saul have unearthed skills from different cultures, that use different waste materials and refined them for an audience who wouldn’t normally come across these beautiful pieces.   “We set out to […]

Millennials and Leadership: What They Really Think

Millennials will form half of the global workforce by 2020 and employee well-being is what they most value in the workplace. The personality traits that Millennials look for in their leaders are strategic thinking at 39%, being inspirational at 37% and strong interpersonal skills at 34% respectively. 59% of Millennial men hope to become the leader of […]

Would you Wear Sustainable Rather than Fashionable?

Why does the creative director of Abercrombie & Fitch insist that their unsold merchandise be burned when not sold? Why does a pair of shoes from Louis Vuitton cost more than your monthly rent? Why do high-end fashion brands not feel the need to sell themselves through television commercials? Simple answer. Elitism, style cultivation and […]

Top Tips for Writing Your Résumé

The graphic below shows some of the most common, and frankly unbelievable, mistakes that thousands of job applicants make when writing their CV or résumé. It also covers all the clichés that employers hate to hear when reading your application. Read on to get recommendations that any jobseeker will find highly valuable when compiling a résumé. Remember, first impressions count! […]

The Next Big Energy Opportunity: Safe Nuclear Power

Leslie Dewan  thinks it’s a really exciting time for the nuclear industry right now. But, isn’t the world trying to become more nuclear-free? Remember Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and more recently, the meltdown at Fukushima after that tsunami? Human error and natural disasters aside, there’s also significant public opposition to nuclear power in many countries. […]

Ted Turner’s Grandson Says it’s Cool to Care

  John Seydel is the third-generation of his family to dedicate his life to finding a solution to environmental problems and promoting social good. His grandfather, media magnate Ted Turner, founded the animated ‘Captain Planet’ series in the 1990s. His Mother Laura Turner Seydel, is an international environmental advocate who wants to help create a […]

Desmond Tutu announces nominees for International Children’s Peace Prize 2015

The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded to a child who strives courageously to establish children’s rights. The winner will be announced during the award ceremony on Monday 9 November in the Hague, the Netherlands. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is proud to announce that the final three nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2015 are; Abraham Keita […]

Can Men Embrace Love in Business?

Earlier this summer I co-hosted DreamChange, Inc.’s inaugural Love Summit – an unconventional business conference created to show how using love in the workplace can improve operations, increase sales, and ultimately help solve the underlying cause of the wide range of problems we face in the world today. The Love Summit debuted at Wieden+Kennedy headquarters; […]

What’s Love Got To Do With Biz?

Love isn’t a word that you often hear in business conversations, yet studies show it plays a significant role in determining the performance and wellbeing of employees and customers. So it shouldn’t be such a surprise that DreamChange has a Love Summit business conference, which debuted this past Saturday, June 13th. Research tells us that the more […]

How Africans Have Hijacked the Bretton Woods Declaration

An historic declaration becomes the inspiration for Africa’s rejuvenation. Okendo Lewis-Gayle is inspired by a meeting with Barack Obama who tells him to “hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself in life.” Young African talent is being enticed out of major multi-national corporations and being put to work in new African startups. Western countries […]

Felix Finkbeiner, Founder, Plant For The Planet

“A mosquito cannot do anything against a rhino, but a thousand mosquitoes can make the rhino change its direction.” Vision: A world in balance, where climate justice prevails and children no longer have to fight for survival. Action: The 17-year-old passed his target of planting a million trees in his home country Germany, and kept on […]

Anu Sridharan, Founder, NextDrop

 “I’ve made so many mistakes, been in so many ‘ wow, this is nuts’ situations.” Vision: A society that nurtures tolerance and understanding among all people. Action: Twenty-something Sridharan invented a mobile app that provides real-time information on water availability in India via SMS. In addition to serving the needs of women in developing countries she has […]

Emma Watson, Actress, gender activist

“Gender equality is not only a woman’s issue, it’s a human rights issue.” Vision: A world of gender equality. Action: Some campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating.” By involving both genders in the #HeForShe campaign, Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality. She has launched a campaign that aims to galvanize one billion […]

Ben Rattray, Founder,

“I want to see a world in which social movements and organizing is an everyday experience.” Vision: A world where no one is powerless and creating change is part of everyday life. Action: The world’s first online platform for change has provided a petition tool for more than 87 million users since 2007. Rattray’s mission is […]

Chris Temple and Zach Ingasci, Founders, Living on One

“A real leader is someone who leads by example, through the personal narrative and values of their life.” Vision: A world of equitable opportunity, where everyone – no matter race, gender, or religion – is treated with dignity. Action: The pair immerse themselves in pressing global issues and create films about their experiences to inspire action. Their approach […]

Cynthia Sin Nga Lam, Founder, H2prO

“I think people around the world don’t really understand how serious water pollution and the energy crisis is.” Vision: Affordable clean water and electricity. Action: The 17-year-old developed a device that purifies dirty water and seperately extracts energy from the waste to create clean energy. Lam hopes her device can be scaled up to industrial size […]

Spencer West, Motivational speaker

“Just because the world tells us something is impossible, it doesn’t mean we have to believe it.” Vision: To show the impossible can be done. Action: Losing both legs at age five has not stopped West from reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and inspiring millions of people to overcome their challenges. He has raised hundreds of thousands […]

Derek Handley, Serial entrepreneur

“It’s less about planetary issues and more about the human issues that cause it.” Vision: A world where profit is put alongside people and planet. Action: Helped establish the B Team, a global group of leaders chosen for the work they’re doing to advance the cause of better business. Seeing the bigger picture of business and its […]

Malala Yousafzai, Education activist and Nobel laureate

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” Vision: An education for all girls regardless of their culture, religion or gender. Action: Yousafzai turned an attack on her life into an opportunity. Since her near-death incident, there has been an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai and her cause, to the point […]

Jessica Alba, Founder, The Honest Company

“If you look confident you can pull off anything – even if you have no clue what you’re doing.” Vision: Safe and attractive baby products that don’t contain toxic chemicals. Action: Manufactures products that could challenge mass consumer goods at a similar price point and moving away from the perception that health and eco products should […]

Alex Budak, CoFounder, Start Some Good

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson Vision: A world where everyone has the tools, knowledge and resources to create new futures for themselves and for their communities. Action: Tearing down barriers so more people can start doing good in the world. empowers people to […]

Craig and Marc Kielburger, Founders, Free The Children

“The change starts within each one of us. And ends only when all children are free to be children.” Vision: To empower youth to change the world by being active local and global citizens. Action: Since launching their organization as teenagers in 1995, the Kielburgers have provided 45 countries with building projects, built 650 schools […]

Google Values the Power of Speed

In a world undergoing constant changes life is a constant learning journey. What we know and understand today may not hold true tomorrow; policies may shift, structures could have collapsed, theories may be disproven, competitors might be on the rise. No matter how many accomplishments are entailed in our bio, therefore, we still have more […]

Do We Accept Circumstances Or Fight Them?

There once stood a tree. It had stood for longer than the oldest person had lived in that area, and almost longer than America had been a country. It reached higher than our necks allow us to see – a skyscraper of the Amazon, some may say. It’s home to our friends with wings, plants […]

Emma Watson: Are You Man Enough For Equality?

Since the HeForShe launch in New York last September I think it would be fair to say that my colleagues and I have been stunned by the response. The HeForShe conference was watched over 11 million times, sparking 1.2 billion social media conversations, culminating in the HeForShe hashtag becoming so popular that Twitter painted it […] and Me Have a Dream

It was not an ordinary weekend for America, or for myself for that matter. President Obama was inaugurated for the second time and I was in complete awe as I walked away from a two and half hour conversation with global icon He shared with me his purpose and love around making and producing […]

The Day I Learnt About Leadership From Bugs

As the day entered the twilight zone and a sticky breeze accompanied a transforming mountainous view, my cloudless, introspective mind indulged in the beauty of a roasted marshmallow sky. At an elevation of about 4,500 feet, almost halfway to the “top of the world,” I was captivated by a microscopic world before me. One encompassing […]

Rainbows and Failures: Value Your Mistakes

Imagine a world in which failure was not a terrible event. A place in which mistakes were valued, obstacles were short-lived barriers and questions were endless. Perhaps an environment where we had nine lives, like a cat. This place is where we would explore and learn from our experiences. It would be a world in […]

Empowerment Through Change and Perseverance

Step into the shoes of an Ecuadorian women living in a small community in the Andes Mountains. It’s a Wednesday and wake up call is at 4:00 am. The sun is still a bit drowsy; the Earth and the people slowly arise for the day’s activities. With a family of growling stomachs your responsibility as […]

Leadership Lessons From A Slum

In the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina – a place often viewed as inferior – I learned one of those lessons that no book can teach, other than the author of their own experiences. It’s something we generally take for granted but what I learnt in Argentina changed the way I thought about influence and ability. It’s […]

Passion Is The Fuel For Tackling Our Fears

It often seems that each year goes by faster than the one before. Frequently I find myself reflecting and contemplating on where the time has gone. I know that there are 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. Yet sometimes I struggle to believe it. How have the leaves started to change color […]

Teenager Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai, along with Indian children’s rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthis, have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala won the hearts of millions when she faced death for advocating education for girls in pakistan. She survived and has taken a global stance. On the afternoon of Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai boarded her school bus […]

Could You Live On a Dollar a Day?

Is it possible to scale your life down to the bare minimum and survive on a daily income equivalent to buying one song on iTunes? Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci discovered what more than one billion people face every day. Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci started an unusual journey in 2010. Armed with only two […]

Happiness in a Box

A DIY knitting kit that gives you the ultimate luxury – time with yourself. Most fashion houses spend millions researching upcoming trends to ensure they are first to market with the latest fashion, but sometimes an idea can come from simple observation. On a trip to New York in 2010 María José Marín (above, right) […]

Emma Watson New UN Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador. Best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, the accomplished actress, humanitarian, and recent graduate of Ivy League institution, Brown University, will dedicate her […]

20 Student Teams Race to Design the Car of the Future

Global automotive supplier Valeo today named the 20 teams shortlisted by its experts to compete in the second round of the Group’s global innovation challenge. The global competition is open to student around the world, who are encouraged to design and develop automobile products or systems that will revolutionise the car. The participating teams represent […]

Olivia Wilde is Turning Philanthropy on Its Head and Making a Profit

As a self-proclaimed proponent of the power of voting with your dollars, actress Olivia Wilde is proving it’s possible to live well without destroying the Earth and its inhabitants. Olivia, along with her business partner, Barbara “Babs” Burchfield, launched Conscious Commerce three years ago. The online marketplace features curated goods from ethical brands, as well […]

Jessica Alba: Hollywood Heroine To The Rescue

Better known for her role as the Invisible Woman in The Fantastic Four, and being voted “Sexiest Woman in the World” by FHM in 2007, actress Jessica Alba has an entrepreneurial side that aims to redefine the idea of the family brand. In 2008 Alba became the mother of a little girl, Honor, and three […]

Microfinance – a Local Solution to a Local Problem

Lily Lapenna spent thousands of Pounds on her education growing up but had no clue on how to manage her finances as an adult. Sound familiar?  She gives a first-hand account of setting up MyBnk, a London-based social enterprise that works with young people to build the knowledge, skills and the confidence to manage their money effectively. The […]

My Heroes? Young Millennial Leaders

I bet you’re asking yourself if I’m nuts. I am and I’m happily addicted to these kids too! The stereotype of Gen-Y/Millennials is one of entitlement. There certainly are those who fall into this category and I’d submit there are plenty of Baby Boomers too (hum… look at Washington DC’s problem openly discussing Medicare and Medicaid!). […]

Three Unconventional Lessons for Business School Students

It’s unusual when a successful entrepreneur opens a presentation to a room full of business school students with a photograph of her twin baby boys. But then Jessica Jackley isn’t a typical entrepreneur. As one of the speakers of a three-year series funded by the Pears Foundation at the Saïd Business School at Oxford, entrepreneur […]