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#93 Start with a pencil and change the world

By Cathryn Wellner / July 11, 2011

It started with a simple gesture. Adam Braun was one of the hordes of young backpackers roaming the world. Now he’s head of an organization that builds schools around the world. In an interview for’s Trailblazers for Good series, Kevin Asuncion asked him how Pencils of Promise got started. The answer is one of […]


#86 Barefoot and proud

By Cathryn Wellner / July 2, 2011

You can see it on the faces of people whose resourcefulness is celebrated by India’s Barefoot College. They are competent, and they know it. So many development agencies miss that. Even with the best of intentions, they can fall into the trap of thinking the people they have come to assist are somehow lesser beings. […]


#71 Educating Solutionaries

By Cathryn Wellner / June 18, 2011

Any teacher can sense the moment when students become 100% involved. It doesn’t matter whether the scene is absorbed silence or a fair bit of creative chaos. You can see it in their eyes and their body language. They’re not struggling, bored or uncertain. They’re excited. Their eyes shine. They’re eager. I’m sure the students […]

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