Aspiring social entrepreneurs from around the world have faced down some of society’s greatest challenges through an online initiative inspiring them to be global agents of change – and revealed how it is changing their lives, their worldviews, and their horizons.
Seven teams of young people took part in stage two of the BeChangeMaker, a programme initiated by WorldSkills International and the HP Foundation that focuses on addressing social, cultural, economic, health, educational, and environmental problems, and aims to empower the world’s youth to explore, harness, and realize their potential.
The programme includes a series of online training projects that help participants take the first step towards being thinkers and doers who generate positive social impact. Joining forces with like-minded young people from their communities, groups representing Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa have embarked on three phases of the initiative.
Having first identified the issue their BeChangeMaker project is designed to address, what is already happening in this sphere and what approach they will take, stage two saw the groups employ Design Thinking to develop a solution, through creating a prototype, testing their ideas, and then making an online pitch to expert judges on August 31.