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 The mission of the "Your Mark on the World Center" is to solve the world's biggest problems before 2045 by identifying and championing the work of experts who have created credible plans and programs to end them once and for all.
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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

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Choose Now! Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month – August 2018

What I love most about my work is meeting the amazing people who join me on my show every month. In July, we produced 16 episodes of the show, representing a diverse group of changemakers, working around the world to leave their mark on it.

You get to choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for August 2018 by voting below. The winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, along with ten lifetime passes to my GoodCrowd.School worth a total of $2,500.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates. Voting ends Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM MDT.


Meet Eva Yazhari: Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018

Congratulations to Eva Yazhari, the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018. Every month, Your Mark on the World readers choose a guest from the show to recognize.

Eva is an impact investor who manages a nonprofit fund, Beyond Capital, that invests in social enterprises in the developing world. Operating as a nonprofit allows the fund to attract professional resources on a pro-bono basis, making investments of about $75,000 each economically viable for both the investors and the entrepreneurs.

You can see my full interview with Eva here:


Yazhari says the fund is now in the process of raising a $2 million round of grant funding, she hopes to close in October, noting that $800,000 is already committed. That should allow the fund to make another 18 investments.

So far, the first fund has a paper return of 30% IRR, based on the valuations of the companies that have gone on to raise additional funding. The goal, she says, is to be able to reinvest the profits from the fund in more companies, ultimately allowing the nonprofit to become “financially sustainable” by 2024.

Eva Yazhari, Beyond Capital

Yazhari’s heart is in this work. She says she has been inspired by her grandfather who started a hospital in Tanzania in the late 1950s. She’s found a way to honor his legacy by leveraging her Wall Street experience to build a nonprofit that is now reaching more than 2.3 million people.

As the winner, Eva will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World and 10 all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school.

Vote Today! Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month – July 2018

Every month, I host a group of amazing people on my show. Each one inspires me more than the last. In June, we produced 13 episodes of the show, representing a diverse group of changemakers. From teenagers to experienced entrepreneurs, we met a wide range of people devoting time and talent to leaving their mark on the world.

You get to choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018 by voting below. The winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, along with ten lifetime passes to my GoodCrowd.School worth a total of $2,500.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates.

Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for June 2018: Marc Alain Boucicault

Congratulations to Marc Alain Boucicault, the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for June 2018.

Chosen by our readers, Marc is based in Haiti where he founded a tech incubator to not only foster entrepreneurship in the country but to fundamentally change the economy. You can read the full profile for Marc in this Forbes piece. You can watch or listen to the interview I did with Marc in May in the players below.

Marc, just 30 years old, is an economist who previously worked at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He was a Fulbright Scholar. During his time at the World Bank, he often thought to himself that if he had an opportunity to do something more impactful for the people of Haiti he would do it.

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Marc Alain Boucicault

Finally, he hit upon the strategy of helping tech entrepreneurs, believing that they, in turn, could help every other industry in the country to become more globally competitive, helping the country to narrow its punishing balance of trade. He launched his incubator, called Banj, with a big tech conference that included representatives from both Google and Facebook.

Right out of the gate, Marc is having impact. We congratulate him on this recognition and for his success in Haiti.

As the winner, Marc will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, and ten lifetime, all-access passes to the GoodCrowd.school.

You Choose! Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month – June 2018

Every month, I host a group of amazing people on my show. Each one inspires me more than the last. In May, we produced 13 episodes of the show, including corporate titans working for social impact to grassroots actors engaged in the effort to make a difference on the ground.

You get to choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for June 2018 by voting below. The winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, along with ten lifetime passes to my GoodCrowd.School (worth $2,500) where I share training on a variety of topics for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, impact investors and philanthropists.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates.


Your Mark on the World Changemakers of the Month for May 2018: NanaEfua Baidoo Afoh-Manin and Briana DeCuir

Congratulations to NanaEfua Baidoo Afoh-Manin and Briana DeCuir for being selected by Your Mark on the World readers as the Changemakers of the Month for May 2018. Both medical doctors, they are co-founders of the Shared Harvest Fund, which has developed a new model for helping graduates pay off their student loans.

We first told their story on Forbes. NanaEfua and Briana were joined in the founding group by a third African American medical doctor, Joanne Moreau.


The Shared Harvest Fund works like this: “debtfreelancers” who are people with student loans willing to volunteer for nonprofits find those opportunities on the Shared Harvest Fund Social Impact Job Board. Both the nonprofit and the debtfreelancers pay modest subscription fees to the Shared Harvest Fund. Additionally, sponsors and donors contribute to the fund. The funds pay down the student loans of the debtfreelancers.

The Shared Harvest Fund is raising money on Indiegogo to expand the number of people they can help from the first day. The Fund will be launched on June 19, 2018, Juneteenth, marking the celebration of the end of slavery in America.

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Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

Vote Now! Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month – May 2018

Each month, I interview a group of amazing people, profiling them and the work they do to make the world a better place. Now, we’re asking you, our readers, to choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for May 2018. Below, is a simple ballot you can review with links to the articles about and interviews I conducted with each of these people working to make the world a better place.

The winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, along with ten lifetime passes to my GoodCrowd.School (worth $2,500) where I share training on a variety of topics for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, impact investors and philanthropists.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates.

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Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for April 2018: Stephanie Bowers of Jake’s Diapers

Congratulations to Stephanie Bowers of Jake’s Diapers for becoming the reader’s pick for Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for April 2018!

Stephanie joined me for a discussion about her 25 successful crowdfunding campaign on CaringCrowd (a Your Mark on the World sponsor). We originally shared her story on GoodCrowd.info.

Stephanie shared some of the secrets for her crowdfunding success. First, she noted that one key is the need to ask for what you need. No one is likely to give you what you want if you don’t ask. Her second key: persistence.

Her organization, Jake’s Diapers, provides diapers to mothers of babies and to seniors who need them, in the developing world. She notes that buying disposable diapers can require an impossible portion of a family’s income, sometimes forcing mothers to reuse disposable diapers. This practice jeopardizes the health of the babies who wear them. Jake’s Diapers provides diapers to people who are currently forced to choose between diapers and food.

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Stephanie Bowers, Jake’s Diapers

Stephanie shared her story:

Stephanie Bowers believes no caregiver, near or far, should ever have to choose between food and diapers. In January of 2011, her life was changed forever when she found herself on a mission trip to Pachacutec, Peru. While there, she visited a childcare facility where she saw caregivers who loved the children very much, and were re-using disposable diapers because they had to choose between food & diapers. Inspired to help just those 15 babies, Jake’s Diapers has now impacted more than 7,000 lives in 20 countries.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes or Google Play.

The episode on which we shared her story was sponsored by CaringCrowd, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here!

Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

Vote Now! Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month

Each month, I interview a group of amazing people, profiling them and the work they do to make the world a better place. This month, we’re going to try something new. We’re asking you, our readers, to choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month. Below, is a simple ballot you can review with links to the articles about and interviews I conducted with each of these people working to make the world a better place.

The winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, along with a lifetime pass to my GoodCrowd.School where I share training on a variety of topics for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, impact investors and philanthropists.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates.


Never miss another interview! Join Devin here!
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