#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

Stories


Leonardo Silva Brito

A common passion for changemaking unites two...

Separately they were committed to helping young people, together they opened new pathways for youth across continents to connect, follow their passions and thrive.  

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Ximeno Aboagabir Lead Young

Ximena Abogabir: "If you are deeply...

As part two of this two part #LeadYoung series, Ashoka asks Ashoka Fellow Ximena Abogabir, mother to Ashoka Fellow Gonzalo Muñoz, about her childhood, her role as a mother and her philosophy for parenting Gonzalo and her two other changemaker children.

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Gonzalo Munoz and famuly

Gonzalo Muñoz: "It is impossible to deny...

In today’s rapidly changing world, a young person’s ability to lead, be part of a team, practice changemaking and express empathy are increasingly important skills. Ashoka turned to Ashoka Fellows Gonzalo Muñoz and Ximena Abogabir to understand what it takes to raise children who can contribute to positive change.  They are two leading social entrepreneurs from Chile who have individually changed the face of large-scale recycling and environmental education in Chile respectively.  However, they share something even more powerful:  Gonzalo is Ximena’s son.
 

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Simon Stumpf

Simon Stumpf on early changemaking: "In...

Simon Stumpf, Director of Ashoka’s Fellow selection program in the U.S., shares how he seized his own opportunity to lead as pre-teen when family circumstances demanded and how he didn’t stop there.  As a parent today facing a world of great change and challenges, he shares his thoughts on what it will take to have his own children #LeadYoung.

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Allan van der Meulen

Allan van der Meulen grew up in a township...

At 19, Allan van der Meulen stumbled upon Ashoka Fellow Marlon Parker’s RLabs where he was put in charge of helping other young people like himself learn new skills and knowledge.  He soon started facilitating classes, leading new programs and putting his own ideas into practice.

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