1000 Visions of Global Change: Matt Vaughan

Name:

Matt Vaughan

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Environmental Conservation Volunteer, Peace Corps Paraguay, South America (2011-2013)

What global challenge are you trying to address?

Our generation faces an array of interconnected global challenges from climate change to extreme poverty, income inequality and excessive corporate influence in politics.

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1000 Visions of Global Change: Isaac Buckman

Name:

Isaac Buckman

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Logistics Coordinator, Global Brigades Ghana

What global challenge are you trying to address?

1. Impacting knowledge: Change mentality over time. Even people without a university education should have the ability to have a strong mind.

2. Self sufficiency: Being able to do everything for yourself, without the Government or other external factor. Feeling confident in your ability to make decisions.

3. Stop living day to day: Think about the future and think big! “If you want to be big, think big, do big things and you will be big.” - Aristotle

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1000 Visions for Change: Rachel Merker

Name:

Rachel Merker

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Currently I’m working as a Short Term International Intern in Uppsala, Sweden with Cru, a global Christian ministry. My role as an intern here is to facilitate the growth of a Cru student movement at the local University. This means I spend my days networking with and mentoring students, planning meetings and special events, conducting surveys, and developing a social media strategy to build our presence on campus

What global challenge are you trying to address?

Our generation is probably the most “global” generation yet. Technology has allowed for an unprecedented awareness of what is happening in the world and how problems like climate change, food insecurity and gender discrimination (to name a few) are playing out globally. I myself am especially concerned with the impact that food insecurity has on perpetuating poverty both in the US and the rest of the world. The challenge, comes in figuring out how we can effectively make change happen in countries that are not our own. So I would say our generation’s major challenge is in navigating the different cultures, economies, political systems, and geographies of this world so that we can create global solutions to global problems. 

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1000 Visions of Global Change: Kristen

Name:

Kristen Tebow

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Founder of the K-State Student Organization, Freedom Alliance (formerly KSUAID). I am a founder and Case Manager of the Homestead Ministry in Manhattan, KS, ministering to women who have exited the sex for sale industry. I am also working alongside STARS (Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery), the Topeka task force against trafficking. 

On top of the work I do against trafficking, I am working as a paraprofessional at a local elementary school to help fund my efforts. I am also working on my MSW at Washburn University, as well as certifications in Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Survivor Services. I will graduate from Washburn in 2015. 

What global challenge are you trying to address?

To stop human trafficking and help survivors through recovery.

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Forbe’s 2014 30 Under 30 highlights the work of today’s brightest young stars

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Check out Forbe’s 2014 list of 30 young and successful people making an impact in the world today…all of whom are under the age of 30!

Shiza Shahid, 24, co-founder of The Malala Fund, is a social entrepreneur and an advocate for the rights and empowerment of young girls. Check out the rest of the 30 Under 30 recipients here

1000 Visions of Global Change: Kait Maloney

Name:

Kait Maloney

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

 Managing Director for a non-profit organization called Uganda Village Project (UVP) working in Iganga, Uganda

What global challenge are you trying to address?

We are a public health NGO currently implementing programs in 13 villages in Iganga district. Our program areas include malaria, HIV/AIDS, family planning, obstetric fistula, hygiene and sanitation and safe water. We work closely with the existing health centers and community health workers on education, accessing health services and primary prevention of disease. 

What are you doing to address it? 

We empower communities to seek out the health services they need and to prioritize health for themselves and their families to live happier, more productive lives. 

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1000 Visions of Global Change: Mariah Novotne

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Name:

Mariah Novotne

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Albemarle High School

What global challenge are you trying to address?

I believe one of the most prevalent problems in today’s society is global poverty and the inadequate opportunities people have to food, water, and ultimately the chance for a happy life. Growing up in a American middle-class family I’ve always had the proper essentials and have always had an opportunity to go and make something with my life. But people across the world struggle to just survive a day because of lack of food or water.

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Mohammed Taoufik

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Name

Mohammed Taoufik

School Affiliation/Organization/Profession:

Student at Faculty of Literature and Humanities Ben M’sik Casablanca

What global challenge are you trying to address?

My global challenge is trying to change the bad ideas about the west people in the arab world,and give a new and positive idea about them,because what is happened in last 10 years has changed everything especially the relation between the arab and the west.so we must be open minded,and if we want to know other people from different religion and culture we must ignore the media and politics.

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1000 Visions for Global Change: Jan-Willem Pot

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Name:

Jan-Willem Pot

School/Job:

Sustainable Development Program Associate

What global challenge are you trying to address? 

Realizing clean water access for the communities of the Ekumfi district, Central Region, Ghana

What are you doing to address it? 

Empowering communities to access clean water through infrastructural development, water treatment, community leader training and school and family education. 

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