Here’s some success stories from people living their dreams and embracing their passion.
Susanne Janson CHAMPIONING CHILDREN
Susanne Janson’s life was shattered in 2004 when her two young daughters were killed in the tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia. She found solace and healing by starting a new life in Thailand, where she has provided daily care to more than 100 children in need. Story »
Ken Nedimyer DEFENDING THE PLANET
Ken Nedimyer started the Coral Restoration Foundation to help bring life back to endangered coral reefs. Since 2003, his group has grown thousands of corals in underwater nurseries and planted them on reefs in the Florida Keys. Story »
Dick Traum COMMUNITY CRUSADER
Dick Traum was the first amputee to run the New York City Marathon. Today, he and his nonprofit, Achilles International, provide free athletic training and support to more than 10,000 people living with disabilities worldwide. Story »
Bill Drayton, founder, Ashoka The VISIONARIES’ VISIONARY
“When we started, social entrepreneurship was so new that we had to invent the phrase social entrepreneur,” says Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, a community of more than 2,000 of the world’s foremost movers and shakers named after a renowned Indian leader. They’re the innovators—driving solutions for society’s pressing issues—who are building progressive movements around green jobs, media reform, and homeless rights. In building this network, Drayton envisions an atmosphere that inspires all citizens to create change. “After all,” he says, “what is the most powerful force in the world? A big pattern-change idea.” And that is what we need more of right now. Image by Yusuke Abe.