Norman Macrae -The Economist pro-youth economist -bravo sir fazle abed & jack ma
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who would you link to supporters of youth's most productive time assuming
continue what was announced april 2013 at 10th skoll world championships
if you download map -
1) magnify it
2)see if you recognize anyone on it who you would most want millions of youth to share 12 minutes of action training from - maybe this matches your practice area or greatest collaboration goal or a place you wish to poverty museum race with
rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org - who did you choose and who is the one person you would linkin to the map because they are essential to the same compass as your choce
we will aim to publish segmented maps including all collaboration recommendations- next versions of the map will also provide more links - for the moment more details of many of the yunus connected partners can be found at http://leadersandyunus.ning.com and http://yunuscity.ning.com
some reports from skoll 10th world championships
Forbes-over the past decade, social enterprise has become mainstream. Jeff Skoll picks out the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus in 2006 as a watershed moment; equally significant was Al Gore being named a Nobel laureate the following year.
So ten years in, after the microcredit boom and a global awareness of climate change, what’s the current thinking? What new, big idea now dominates the agenda and concerns of the Forum participants? And where do they think this field is going?
In the spirit of the tenth anniversary, here is my own top ten list of insights gleaned from walking the halls and joining the panels at this years’ event:
1) It’s about changing the system, Stupid. Broadcaster Ray Suarez expressed it eloquently when he said, “Nobody ever comes out and says they are in favor of starving children, or inadequate sanitation, or war and conflict. And yet they persist. So, how is it that if no one is for these things, and everyone is against them, these problems continue?”.Everyone at the Forum was in some way wrestling with that question. Whether it was this year’s Skoll awardee Carne Ross, whose organization Independent Diplomat is seeking to turn the closed, rigged game of international diplomacy on its head, or Salman Khan’s Khan Academy, a model for free, online tuition that is re-shaping how education is delivered, system-change is the new game in town.Helping young people develop the life skills to flourish in this new world is critical to solving the problems we’re facing-speakers such as Taddy Blecher of CIDA and Sandy Speicher of IDEO shared how youth-focused models are working in India, South Africa, Peru, and around the world.
If there was a PhD in learning everything, I would do that,” the always-enthusiastic Sal Khan ’98, MEng ’98 said in a talk Wednesday at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. In fact, he added, in creating the popular Khan Academy website for online learning, “Now, I feel like I found that job!”
The site began almost by accident, as a way for Khan to help his younger cousin in Louisiana with her math classes. He said that Khan Academy’s humble origins may have been a key to its success, encouraging a simple and conversational approach that is part of his lessons’ appeal.
“I actually think I would have messed up if I thought I was doing this for Bill Gates,” Khan said — although the Microsoft founder did become an early Khan Academy fan, and later a major benefactor through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Khan said that for a larger audience, he would have hired professional scriptwriters, used special effects, and ended up with something impersonal, like a talking GPS unit. Instead, because he was aiming his presentation at one person, “that created a human connection.”
MIT President L. Rafael Reif, serving as Khan’s interviewer, seconded this point, saying, “I think that’s a good lesson. … The receiver is actually feeling that you’re talking to that person.”
Khan said members of his team have met with officials of edX, the nonprofit online-education venture launched last year by MIT and Harvard University, to discuss ways in which Khan Academy, which provides free online educational videos for younger students, could cooperate with its higher-ed counterpart.
“There’s a million ways we can work together,” Khan said, adding that both organizations “want to be a catalyst for rethinking how classrooms are architected. … I’m super-pumped about the possibilities here.”
With edX, Khan said, MIT and Harvard will define how higher education will change in the coming years. Both edX and Khan Academy, he noted, share an insistence on a nonprofit approach, adding that his alma mater’s announcement of the creation of a nonprofit approach to online learning was “one of the most proud days of my life.”
When Khan was setting up Khan Academy and deciding how to structure it, many people advised him to make it a for-profit company, he said. But he thought about the potential rewards: At best, a for-profit could be acquired by a bigger company, or have an initial public offering.
“Both of those things weren’t clear to me as positives,” Khan said. By contrast, nonprofit institutions — such as universities — can have an impact that persists over centuries: “Maybe in 500 years people could still use Khan Academy,” he said.
Khan relayed that several MIT students have told him that “Khan Academy helped them to get into MIT. … That’s better than anything!” He also disclosed, to the hundreds of students gathered in Kresge, “I’m selfishly here because I’m hoping to hire at least half of you.”
In selecting topics to cover, Khan said, “I won’t make a video unless I feel excited about making a video. … The key is to really enjoy the subject matter.” He added that people sometimes misunderstand online learning, seeing it as decreasing opportunities for interaction. “When we say learn at your own pace, we’re not saying learn by yourself,” he said. “It’s, in fact, the opposite.”
Rather, he suggested, in combining online videos with problem-solving work with teachers, “the role of the teacher becomes far more valuable”: Teachers can then spend more time in one-on-one interactions with students.
Khan downplayed the importance of formal credentials for online coursework. When considering new hires for his rapidly growing company, he says, what matters most is, “What have you made? Can you show us something? … It doesn’t even have to be software. Do you have a painting? Even that speaks volumes to us.”
Khan’s visit was organized by an undergraduate group called StartLabs, founded two years ago, which seeks to promote student entrepreneurship. After the public talk, students selected through a lottery were invited to meet Khan at a private reception.