Rebooting Our Politics and Schools to Engage Young People

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There is plenty of rhetoric about “change” and “change makers” in the U.S. presidential campaign, but millennials understand “change” more viscerally. It’s a paradigm shift they feel happening under their feet.

The shift is not about trade or immigration. It’s about technology flattening hierarchies, tearing down silos, and lowering barriers across society. Changemaking capabilities once reserved for elite leaders are now available to anyone with a smartphone: e-commerce, printing presses, distribution channels, broadcasting networks.


Ashoka Insight

Our kids need to cultivate an innovative mind, service heart, entrepreneurial spirit, and collaborative outlook from a tender age.  If a teenager hopes to play fully in the new game, she’d better start practicing now:  develop her ideas, build her team, and work collaboratively to change the world for the better.

Henry De Sio is pioneering Ashoka's framework change efforts aimed at facilitating the global societal shift to Everyone A Changemaker™ – with a specific emphasis on preparing our youth to step confidently as innovators and leaders into today’s fast-changing world. Previously, De Sio served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and he was the 2008 Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Obama for America. Henry has spent more than a decade teaching, writing, and speaking on the leadership principles that drive individual and organizational achievement. He is the author of Campaign Inc.: How Leadership and Organization Propelled Barack Obama to the White House (University of Iowa Press).

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