One clear way to drive change is to invest in leaders who have a direct connection to the communities they serve.
Echoing Green focuses on finding stellar individuals who can carry their ideas and explain why they have what it takes to succeed.
More than 150 Echoing Green Fellows gathered in Joburg for the 2015 All Fellows Conference to refine and re-energize their leadership. Here's what we learned.
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“When I left those folks behind, I promised myself that one day, I would do my best to circle back and help Americans understand the impact of its current policies.”
“Sports had a huge impact on my life, and it was the coaches that changed my life trajectory. So my thought was—let’s teach these kids to coach.”
“By getting these students into these tech jobs, we have real opportunity to lift individuals, families, and communities out of poverty.”
“We ask what we believe is the next greatest generation to come to a frontier of American change and make a difference in one of America’s greatest cities.”
“I thought, if we could make a sneaker that kids could customize by programming it, that’s something I knew my kids would love to do.”
"Hacking is about exploring the limits of what's possible."
Kalimah raised his hand and asked the group: “Could an app have saved Trayvon Martin?”
The 444 Semi-Finalists for Echoing Green Fellowships span the globe, with breakthrough ideas and the entrepreneurial drive to disrupt the status quo.
From The Washington Post to Fast Company, Echoing Green Fellows from 1992 to the newly-minted class of 2013 Fellows are recognized as innovators and leaders.