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142, Gidon Bromberg, EcoPeace Middle East | Connecting Environmental Protection and Peace in the Middle East

EcoPeace Middle East uses environmental protection as a means of peacebuilding and peacebuilding as a means of environmental protection. In 1993, the Oslo Peace Accord was signed by the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). It attempted to create a framework that would eventually lead to the resolution of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. At the time, it appeared that a permanent peace in the Middle East was imminent. In light of the coming peace, developers rushed in. “There were 50,000 new hotel rooms being proposed around the Dead Sea,” says Gidon Bromberg of EcoPeace Middle East. At the time, Gidon was a student at American University in Washington,…

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141, Jeroo Billimoria, Child & Youth Finance International | Social Entrepreneurship Starts Early

Jeroo Billimoria is one of the social entrepreneurs recently featured in the Ashoka series, #LeadYoung – Great Changemakers Start in Their Youth. If you have raised a teenager, or been one yourself, you know that teens are experts at arguing. While it is not uncommon to have a disagreement with a teen, for Jeroo Billimoria there is one argument that changed the direction of her life for good. At the age of 16, Jeroo debated her mother on the best way to help children get through school. Her mother was a social worker in the schools for poor members of the Parsi community. Her mother focused on family and other…

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136, Vivek Maru, Namati | The Rule of Law for Everyone

Namati puts the rule of law in the hands of people. The rule of law is a bedrock of most modern societies. No one is above the law. We are all equal under the law. And yet, more than four billion people live outside of the protection of the law. Their rights are easily violated. They have no right to their land. They are denied basic human rights. They are threatened and intimidated, often by the very people who are supposed to protect them. Vivek Maru learned about social justice from his grandfather who was part of the Gandhian Movement. Vivek wrote his undergrad thesis on Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther…

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129, Martin Burt, Fundación Paraguaya | The Poverty Stoplight

Martin Burt wants to eliminate poverty. He lets the poor measure poverty for themselves. Here are two truths that I’ve learned about social entrepreneurship. One, there is not a single, straight path to becoming a social entrepreneur. Two, it’s important to measure your impact. Martin Burt of Fundación Paraguaya illustrates both points. Martin’s path to social entrepreneurship began in Paraguay in the early 1980s, when it was ruled by a dictator. Because his family was not part of the dictatorship, he found it difficult to find a job. What does a social entrepreneur do in this situation? Start the country’s first social enterprise, of course. He started a microenterprise development…

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012, Roger L. Martin, Rotman School | Changing the World One Model at a Time

Roger L. Martin has spent his career attacking models that don’t produce the desired results. I first became aware of Roger L. Martin’s work when I was the Global Head of Learning & Development for Diversey, Inc. My CEO at the time, a former Proctor & Gamble executive, taught me Roger’s cascading choices framework as a method for setting and maintaining strategy. He had first learned it from A.G. Lafley, the CEO of P&G. Later, Roger Martin partnered with A.G. Lafley to write Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works. It is one of the books that I have most often recommended to others. With his deep expertise on strategic…

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012, Roger L. Martin, Rotman School | Changing the World One Model at a Time