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1000 Visions of Global Change: Lauren Forbes

Name: 

Lauren Forbes

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Drexel University MPH ‘13/ Fulbright Student Grantee 2013-14

What global challenge are you trying to address?

Early childhood health and development

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Ani Hakobyan

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Name:

Ani Hakobyan

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

College student currently working in the communications field of government at the local level.

What global challenge are you trying to address?

There needs to be a better understanding of Eastern Europe by the West. I would like to improve dialogue between the former Soviet Union and the West and think that the incessant bickering should stop. Instead of constantly competing for influence in the world, Russia and the United States should focus on the mutual goals they have, which include eradicating terrorism, something that both countries have suffered through, and work together in the United Nations. If this was accomplished, then the former Soviet Union and America could bolster their economies, thus improving the lives of millions.

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Alex Tuai

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Name:

Alex Tuai

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Senior at Long Island University Global/Social Media Intern with BRICS from Below and Visiting Scholar with the Centre for Civil Society

What global challenge are you trying to address?

The accountability of power as we transition from a unipolar to multipolar community. As nations adjust and redistribute power it is important to acknowledge that Western powers still dominate the conversation which can lead to silencing or losing the opinions from the Global South and other rising powers. In order to transition into a true multipolar community where all voices are represented it is crucial to ensure that all voices are heard equally in conversations.

What are you doing to address it?

I’m working on an initiative with the Centre for Civil Society in Durban, South Africa to create and establish a network that connects grassroots organizations from all of the BRICS countries. I’m also beginning a semester-long research project on Chinese-South African relations to examine and analyze the international relations between two of the developing BRICS countries.

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Lily Weissgold

Name: Lily Weissgold

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession: Burlington High School/ YES Abroad Scholar.

What global challenge are you trying to address?: Cultural insensitivity

What are you doing to address it?: Going abroad

What’s your dream for change?: That there are no hate crimes on religious basis’s.

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced on this path?:People sometimes can be just ignorant.

What has been your most exciting moment? Convincing people that even though I’m Jewish I’m not going to convert them.

Where do you see yourself, and your project, five years in the future? Hopefully in college educating myself more about other cultures.

What advice do you have for other young changemakers?
Keep going!

1000 Visions for Global Change: Jonathan Kalin

Name:
Jonathan Kalin
School:
Just graduated from Colby College/Executive Director at Party With Consent
Global Challenge you are trying to address?
Sexual violence on college campuses
What are you doing to address it?
Educating and movement building

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Samia Khan

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Name:

Samia Khan

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Purdue University

What global challenge are you trying to address?

I’m trying to address racism and discrimination by creating a children’s story where young children can learn about different cultures and countries. We’ve seen how detrimental racism and discrimination is to our country. My goal is to provide stories to students where they can learn about different countries and their customs. By introducing children to this diverse world at a young age, it can help them become more open-minded in the future. I want to help create a more open-minded and respectful world by allowing young children to learn and really understand other cultures instead of listening about them in the media. 

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Pragya KC

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Name:

Pragya KC

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

University of Washington

What global challenge are you trying to address?

I am trying to address issues related to poverty, economic empowerment, gender discrimination, systematic inequality and human rights.

What are you doing to address it? 

I am trying to address it primarily by attempting to understand people’s stories and experiences in order to grasp the interlinkages between the aforementioned issues. I think it is vital to hear people’s voices and give them the space to voice their opinions, which is why my vision for change begins here.

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Laney Lenox

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Name:

Laney Lenox

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Millsaps College

What global challenge are you trying to address?

Improved global relations, particularly US foreign policy

What are you doing to address it? 

I majored in Peace Studies and did research on the relationships between narrative and peace building in an effort to pursue more creative and restorative methods of peace and reconciliation processes in conflict areas.

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Rivka Fidel

Name:

Rivka Fidel

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Graduate Research Assistant at Iowa State University

What global challenge are you trying to address?

I am mainly trying to address global climate change but also overall environmental degradation.

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