#LeadYoung - Great Changemakers Start in Their Youth

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The majority of Ashoka’s leading social entrepreneur Fellows started their first change experience before 20, according to two internal surveys. This pattern of early achievement also holds for the business sector: a recent study based on Linkedin data for all professionals (400 million or 66% of total professionals) found that those who signaled they started something noteworthy in their teens are 4 times more likely to be entrepreneurs and 4 times more likely to be a top corporate (C-level) executives.
The rate of change is accelerating exponentially. The new game is change. These are the facts. When anyone builds a team now, they need everyone on it to be ready to play in this game, i.e. to be a skilled changemaker. A hundred years ago, accelerating change had reached the point that society needed everyone to be literate. Now it needs everyone to be a changemaker. It needs every young person, parent, and educator to grasp this new paradigm for success in growing up – and in life. Young people had better be practicing having an idea, building a team, and changing the world now to be a valued player at any level tomorrow.Hi!

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Ricardo Anderáos, 54, is a Brazilian journalist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur. Ricardo is the Framework Change Leader for Ashoka in Latin America since December 2015. Previously he was Editorial Director of The Huffington Post Brazil. With 27 years of experience in the digital communications market, was Head of Digital at MTV Brazil, Social Media Director at Abril Group and worked at newspapers like Folha de S. Paulo, Metro and O Estado de S. Paulo. He is also director of Viva Floresta, a social enterprise focused on the restoration of the Brazilian rain forest, and partner of Latitude 0, a digital communication strategy studio. Advisor at the State Council for the Environment of Sao Paulo. PhD. in Social History of Art by the São Paulo University. Lives in Ilhabela, an island in Sao Paulo north shore, with his wife and three children.
Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Youth development, Youth leadership, Youth in Charge


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