TakePart travelled to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, to pick the brains of the world's biggest thinkers. These Innovators in Action are changing the face of the future with bold new ideas and profound enthusiasm. Motivated by personal experience and fueled by the hope that things can get better, these innovators — each of them true social entrepreneurs — are improving our world, one brilliant business idea at a time.
Free children from poverty. Free children from exploitation. Free children from the idea that they are powerless to change the world. That is the mission of Free the Children, the world’s largest organization of children helping children through education. Founder Craig Kielburger’s passion began at 12 years old when he asked his parents if he could take two months off school to go backpacking in Asia and meet child laborers. “My mom laughed,” he remembers. Fast forward to today and he has built a network that spans 45 countries and has received numerous awards, including the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of Children. “I think the challenge facing this generation is to end the worst forms of poverty in this world. We want to see that change in our lifetimes and that’s a bold dream. But I believe it’s one that’s very possible.” See: TakePart.com