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Everyone Said he Couldn’t Do It, But That Didn’t Stop Him

Everyone told him he couldn’t do it.

Jack Andraka was a typical teenager. When a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer, Jack learned that most people are diagnosed too late. Patients don’t develop symptoms until they are too sick to survive.

So Jack decided to develop a better diagnostic test.

He began reading the scientific literature. He even sneaked an article on carbon nanotubes into his biology class. The teacher caught him. When the teacher scolded him for not paying attention to the lecture on antibodies, he had an epiphany.

He realized that antibodies in nanotubes could be just the trick for diagnosing cancer.

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He applied to hundreds of labs to conduct his experiments.

Hundreds of labs said “No.”

Finally, one said “Yes.”

He spent seven months in the lab and developed a working diagnostic test strip.

  • It costs 3 cents to produce.
  • It takes 5 minutes to run.
  • It is 168 times faster than the gold standard test.
  • It is 400 times more sensitive.

Jack says his talent isn’t unusual. He says, “If a 15-year-old who didn’t quite know what a pancreas was could find a new way to affect pancreatic cancer, imagine what you could do.”

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She Left a Student; She Returned an Activist


Everything changed when she got there.

Ann Cotton was studying in Cambridge. She wanted to know why so few girls were attending school in Zimbabwe. There were 7 boys for every girl in school. She’d repeatedly heard that parents didn’t want to send their girls to school.

Then, in 1991, she traveled to Zimbabwe.

When she talked to parents, she learned they did want to educate their girls. The problem was money. They didn’t have enough money to send all their children to school. Forced to choose, they sent their boys who had better prospects for work.

She returned to Cambridge an activist.

Ann Cotton

Ann Cotton

No one believed her. She had to go it alone. She held bake sales to raise the money to send 32 girls to school in Zimbabwe. The girls prospered and Ann grew the program.

She called her organization The Campaign for Female Education or CamFed. CamFed has now directly supported the education of 1.4 million children in five countries in Africa.

What if she had never gone?

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Corporations Evil? Not This One!

Corporations are evil, the contemporary narrative says.

dōTERRA, a billion-dollar direct marketer of essential oils, sought to violate that narrative by actually being good for the world. It established its “co-impact sourcing” program in developing countries around the world to improve the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and their communities.

The 2015 earthquakes in Nepal devastated communities where the company was working to establish wintergreen production. This proved to be a moment of truth for the company.

Would it cut and run or double down?

The company doubled down, bringing substantial aid to the affected communities. In the spring of 2016, the company’s Healing Hands Foundation constructed 500 desks and two schools, including the first new school built after the earthquakes.

dōTERRA  also put people to work, helping 20 communities rattled by the earthquake to put wintergreen distillation units into production.

dōTERRA  is proving that corporations don’t have to be evil.

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1.1 Million Refugees Arrive in Germany; What Happens Next Will Inspire You

She thought the images weren’t fair.

When Anne Kjaer Reichert saw the photos in the media of some of the 1.1 million refugees arriving in Germany, she said,

“We need to stop talking about refugees and start talking with refugees instead.”

Anne met a refugee named Mohammad, who had been a programmer.

He explained that he couldn’t program because he didn’t have a computer.

She knew that 43,000 I.T. jobs were open in Germany.

So, she decided to launch the ReDI School of Digital Integration to teach them coding skills.

In one year, she launched her nonprofit school and has already trained dozens of students.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan even visited the school and “geeked out” with students.

The program is working!

Her students even created an app called Bureaucrazy to help refugees navigate the bureaucracy.

Rotary’s John Hewko said, “If we don’t act now to build the conditions for peace, then events that undermine it will only increase.”

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She Feared the Worst and Found It Was True

“We had to let them use us,” they said.

Celeste’s mind raced. What did they mean?

She feared the worst. The girls confirmed that they were being sexually exploited for access to feminine hygiene products.

The girls were ecstatic receiving their first reusable pads.

Celeste Mergens is the founder of Days for Girls, a nonprofit that provides washable, reusable sanitary pads to girls in the developing world.

Celeste says, “If you are sitting on a pile of leaves [for lack of a pad] how can you believe you have as much to contribute to your community as anyone else and that your voice counts?”

She’s learned that 2.6 million girls are not attending school in Kenya alone. Providing sanitary pads keeps girls in school and breaks cycles of poverty—in addition to reducing gender-based violence.

Having already reached 300,000 girls in 101 countries, her “audacious” goal is to reach every woman and girl in the world by 2022.

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Paul Elio Built A True 21st Century Car Company

Paul Elio says, “It was 2008, gas prices were through the roof and wealth was pouring out of our country. Every night, I’d come home and watch the news and get angry about what was happening. I decided to do something about it.”

Paul thinks you shouldn’t have to be rich to own a car. In fact, he says transportation is the most important factor in getting out of poverty.

He also wants to create jobs here in the U.S. But what can one person do?

Launching a new car company requires a lot of money. “Everyone” says it can’t be done. That hasn’t stopped him.

In 2009, Paul launched Elio Motors to produce 3-wheeled cars that get 84 miles per gallon and cost just $7,300.

In February of 2016, Elio Motors completed a Regulation A+ Mini IPO. Today, the shares trade under the ticker ELIO and the company has a market capitalization of half a billion dollars.

Elio is taking reservations now for deliveries in 2017.

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A Girl With Blue Hair Is Changing The World

A girl with blue hair applied for a job at Starbucks.

She didn’t get it.

What happened next could change the world!

Maria de la Croix didn’t just get angry. She really needed an income.

Maria built a coffee shop on a bicycle. But she didn’t stop there.

She added solar panels and sells only organic coffee and food.

She was just getting started. She made so much money she realized she was really on to something.

She sells her solar powered coffee shops on bicycles around the world. You can buy one for just $5,900. There are over 500 Wheelys Cafes in the world. The business has been doubling every six months.

What will happen to the Starbucks manager that didn’t hire Maria?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

But the girl with the blue hair will change the world.

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The Story of Choice Humanitarian

Jim Mayfield, the Founder of CHOICE Humanitarian, has devoted his life to the eradication of poverty.

“At $1.25 they may have a meal every other day—they never have a meal every day. Their children don’t go to school because they are begging, trying just to survive.”

In 1965, I believe that more than half of the world’s population lived in this state. The World Bank estimates that by 1981 about 44.3 percent of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty.

It estimates that the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped in 2015 to less than ten percent of the world’s population or about 700 million of the more than 7 billion people on the planet. While this is still 700 million too many, it is progress. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals call for eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.

In March of 2015, I visited Nepal with CHOICE Humanitarian to help people living near the threshold of extreme poverty.

Local leaders from the village of Bakhrejagat directed our work, helping villagers install smoke-reducing stoves in their modest homes to replace their open fires. My good friend Rainer Dahl joined me for the trip. At 70, he was more than a decade younger than Jim Mayfield, CHOICE’s founder who also came. The village is scattered among terraced hills and farms speckled with tiny homes. Each day, Rainer would rise with the rest of us to trudge up and down hills to get to the homes. Then, working with a small team of local and visiting volunteers, he did the back-breaking work of knocking a hole in a stone wall for a chimney and installed the cast iron stove.

Afterward, Rainer said, “My impression of the Nepali people that we tried to help on a small scale was that for people that have so little, they are blessed with great kindness and love for their families, neighbors and us as outsiders.”

How will extreme poverty be eradicated by 2030? By people like Rainer making an effort “on a small scale” to empower the ever dwindling number of people in extreme poverty to lift themselves from it.

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