We will all be called upon to lead at some point

Simon Stumpf
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This article originally appeared on leadyoung.ashoka.org

How Simon Stumpf 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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I had a great childhood, and I’d recommend early changemaking to anyone. Not because it is cool, or will get you into college or will make your parents proud. But because, in the world today, we will all be called upon to lead at some point. Our job is to know how to spot and confidently step up when our time comes. I seized my moment because I saw the role models in my life - my parents, my siblings, even long dead historical figures - step into their own moments to be changemakers.


Simon is the Director of Venture and Fellowship for Ashoka in the United States. In this role he helps identify and support Ashoka's annual class of systems-changing Fellows in the U.S. Prior to joining the U.S. team in 2014, Simon led Ashoka's programs in East Africa for four years and, before that, coordinated a global collaboration of over 100 leading social entrepreneurs focused on rural innovation and farming in Africa and South Asia. Simon lives and works in Viroqua, Wisconsin where he helps lead the Driftless Folk School, collaborates with the Youth Initiative High School (an Ashoka Changemaker School), grows food, rides his bike, and reads books about dinosaurs to his kids.

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