On June 5, World Learning selected five alumni to receive its new Advancing Leaders Fellowship. Established with seed money from Judy Huret, former World Learning vice chair and trustee, and her husband Bob, these alumni were awarded $10,000 each to implement an original social innovation project. Winners were selected following proposal presentations to a panel of judges and 200 guests at our inaugural Social Innovation Summit in San Francisco.
More than 100 alumni applied, and 10 finalists were chosen to present at yesterday’s summit. The winners are:
- Sefakor Komabu-Pomayie; Project: Accessible Schools (Ghana); Enlightening and empowering people with and without disabilities through the media.
- Max Perel-Slater; Project: Maji Safi: Rural Centers of Disease Prevention (Tanzania); Empowering rural women and communities in Tanzania to prevent disease.
- Sarah Tucker; Project: Chasing Two Rabbits at Once (Cameroon); Providing mother-tongue mobile learning alternatives for Cameroon’s indigenous forest communities.
- Ellen Dizzia; Project: Equal Opportunities in English Education (Chile); Providing motivation, tools, and support for English-language learning in Chile through intercultural exchange.
- Sneha Shrestha; Project: Kathmandu Children’s Art Museum (Nepal); Providing a creative space for art and culture among the youth of Kathmandu
Recognized for their pioneering ideas, talent, and vision, the fellows will now enter a three-month phase devoted to leadership development and training in social innovation, followed by a six-month period in which they will implement their projects. These projects address a variety of challenging social issues in communities around the world by applying novel and sustainable approaches through new design, methodology, and/or technology. World Learning will provide support, guidance, and training throughout the project phases, and the fellows will periodically provide blog entries and photos from the field throughout the course of their projects.
About the Social Innovation Summit
As part of its 80th anniversary observance, World Learning held its first Social Innovation Summit on June 5, 2013, in San Francisco. Following the Advancing Leaders Fellowship presentations, there was a panel discussion on the future of social innovation moderated by Catherine Muther, World Learning alumna and founder and president of Three Guineas Fund. The summit concluded with a dinner honoring Judy Huret, who was presented with World Learning’s Citation Award for her contributions and dedication to the work and mission of the organization over the years.
To view videos from the Social Innovation Summit, including proposal presentations and the panel discussion, visit World Learning’s YouTube channel.