Bringing about dramatic and lasting social change requires lifelong leadership and learning lessons along the way.
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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“I felt, if not anything else, I can add a unique perspective to the education discussion.”
“About half our staff now are alumni of our organization. Seeing those young folks now passing on the information to the next generation is when I feel, 'Wow, we’ve really done something here.'”
“We didn't really know what to expect when we’re hanging a spool that weighs 1,000 pounds from the back of a helicopter…”
“There’s a broken pipeline between school and work. We’re saying, for some students let’s give them another option."
"I worked with a group of ten kids to build a little dinghy that we floated in the pool in the basement of the school at the end of the year—and it was just a fantastically exciting, empowering, inspiring project for all of us involved."
“When you give these 11, 12, 13 year old kids a chance to work with a rocket scientist and launch rockets, or chance to work with lawyers to argue a mock trial in front of a federal judge, it is a life changing experience.”
“I didn’t realize that coming to the U.S.-Mexico border, I was coming to a disaster scene.”
"What they were doing to this family was so incredible that I knew I'd be dedicated to this cause for the rest of my life."
“For many of the women that come to Hot Bread Kitchen, we’re the first job where they can branch out outside of their community or outside of the domestic sphere.”
“We trek to heal our bodies, to inspire our girls in our communities, and to reclaim the streets of our neighborhood.”