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Devin D. Thorpe
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Alicia Gettys and Zach Atherton Chosen As Changemakers of the Month for February

You, our readers, have chosen Alicia Gettys and Zach Atherton as the Changemakers of the Month for February 2019.

Alicia is the producer of Solution Time, a show starring Zach Atherton that takes a Jon Oliver approach to solutions journalism with a BYU spin–the show is squeaky clean. Watch my interview with them here:

You can read more about their remarkable show here.

As the Changemaker of the Month for February, Alicia and Zach will each receive an autographed copy of Your Mark on the World and ten one-year, all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school, the school for changemakers. They also earn a spot in the competition for Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Year.

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Choose the Changemaker of the Month for February

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for February 2019 right here. We have 17 great candidates for your consideration. You can read more about each candidate–and watch the interview with them–by clicking the link next to each name in the list below.

The winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, along with ten lifetime passes to GoodCrowd.School worth a total of $2,500. The winner will also be qualified for the 2019 Changemaker of the Year award, which will include a cash prize.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates. Voting ends Friday, January 25, at 5:00 PM MDT. Please note that employees of the Your Mark on the World Center and our sponsors, including CaringCrowd and Johnson & Johnson, are not eligible and so are not listed below.

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You Chose Noah Gainsburg and Christi Greene as January’s Changemaker of the Month

You chose Noah Gainsburg, the inspiring teen volunteer at joint-recipient Christi Greene’s St. Francis Neighborhood Center, as the Changemaker of the Month for January 2019.

Noah Gainsburg and Christi Green

Noah Gainsburg and Christi Green

Noah explained that the challenges of dyslexia helped him develop empathy that both motivates his volunteering and enables him to relate with a wide range of kids from diverse backgrounds.

Christi has led the Center, which supports the community in a variety of ways, for more than six years. She says, “Our mission is committed to ending generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community. We are mostly known for youth development programs and resources for children and families living below the federal poverty line.”

You can read more about Noah and Christ here.

As the Changemaker of the Month for January, Noah and Christi will receive an autographed copy of Your Mark on the World and ten lifetime, all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school, the online school for changemakers. They also earn a spot in the competition for Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Year.

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Choose the Changemaker of the Month for January

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for January 2019 right here. We have 9 great candidates for your consideration. You can read more about each candidate–and watch the interview with them–by clicking the link next to each name in the list 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. The winner will also be qualified for the 2019 Changemaker of the Year award, which will include a cash prize.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates. Voting ends Friday, January 25, at 5:00 PM MDT. Please note that employees of the Your Mark on the World Center and our sponsors, including CaringCrowd and Johnson & Johnson, are not eligible and so are not listed below.

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2018 Changemaker of the Year: Marc Alain Boucicault, Founder of Banj

Congratulations to Marc Alain Boucicault, Founder of Banj, a coworking space for tech entrepreneurs in Haiti, for being selected by the Your Mark on the World audience as the 2018 Changemaker of the Year.

He was chosen from among 14 candidates, thirteen of whom represented monthly selections for Changemaker of the Month or Editor’s Choice for a month without a competition. One month included a tie. The editor also chose a wild card candidate to include in the voting.

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Marc Alain Boucicault

Previously, he was selected by readers as the Changemaker of the Month for June 2018 from among 15 guests on the Your Mark on the World Show.

As the winner of the Changemaker of the Year award, Boucicault will receive:

  • A $500 cash prize
  • Autographed copies of my books, Adding Profit by Adding Purpose, Crowdfunding for Social Good, and 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World
  • Five hours of free, no obligation consulting from me, Devin Thorpe, bestselling author and former CFO and investment banker
  • An invitation to return as a guest on the Your Mark on the World show early in 2019

Boucicault describes Banj:

Despite the enormous spirit of creativity that exists in Haiti, entrepreneurs still lack logistical, technical and financial support systems and the right network to create companies that can change the country’s macroeconomic landscape in the future. Banj is the countries first coworking space and entrepreneurship hub. We are strengthening the capital’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing modern workspaces that stimulate creativity and drive the focus to tangible results for entrepreneurs who want to increase their visibility and move to a higher stage in their entrepreneurial experience. We also organize events and various programs to empower and connect entrepreneurs in Haiti with opportunities in the local ecosystem and globally through partners including the Haiti Tech Summit, Facebook and Google. Currently building the country premiere incubator program leveraging ressources mapped through the traffic and partners attached to the hub.

Boucicault’s bio:

Marc Alain (MAB) is an ecosystem builder. He is the founder of Banj, the first and biggest entrepreneurship hub of Port-au-Prince. He brought Facebook and Google to Haiti to work with developers and to support entrepreneurship in a nation still seen as a destination mostly for humanitarian work. Born, raised and college educated in Port-au-Prince, he worked 7 years in international development in Washington, DC and in Port-au-Prince at the World Bank and with the Inter-American Development Bank before he decided to create his own businesses. He is also co-founder of Groupe ECHO Haiti, a grassroots organization valorizing the potential of young adults in development in Haiti through which he created and lead several innovative projects including ELAN Haiti, the biggest international platform that brings together a community of students, young leaders and entrepreneurs from Haiti, its diaspora and the world focused on taking joint actions in Haiti. MAB is responsible for partnerships at the Haiti Tech Summit: The biggest international tech event in the history of the country. He also co-founded and serves as chief external relations officer at HFund, a closed-ended micro-venture capital firm based in Haiti offering new modern and tailored financial instruments that bring capital to innovative businesses and contribute to the emergence of a new category of entrepreneurs in Haiti. Marc Alain is a Fulbright scholar. He holds a M.A in Financial Economic Policy from American University and a B.A in Applied Quantitative Economics from CTPEA. He teaches economics in 12th grade at Collège les Oliviers. It is just one of his many ways to give back to his country while strengthening the ecosystem from an early stage. He believes that entrepreneurship is the only way out of poverty for Haiti and, through his various initiatives, he is offering all those willing to go in that direction a seat at the table.

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Vote Now! Choose the Changemaker of the Year!

You can help choose the 2018 Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Year right here. We have 14 great candidates for your consideration. You can read more about each candidate–and watch the interview with them–by clicking the link next to each name in the list below.

You selected ten of the nominees as the Changemakers of the Month winners for April through December, with a tie for August. The editor chose candidates from guests appearing on the show in January through March plus one “Wild Card” editor’s choice pick.

The Changemaker of the Year will receive:

  • A $500 cash prize for their organization
  • Autographed copies of the books, Adding Profit by Adding Purpose, Crowdfunding for Social Good, and 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World
  • Five hours of free, no obligation consulting from Devin Thorpe, bestselling author and former CFO and investment banker
  • An invitation to return as a guest on the Your Mark on the World show early in 2019


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You Chose Classy’s Scot Chisholm As December’s Changemaker Of The Month

You chose Classy CEO Scot Chisholm as the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for December 2018, after he joined host Devin Thorpe to announce that nonprofits had successfully raised over $1 billion on the platform.

During the interview, he also explained how transparency is a key to Classy’s success. The company provides employees with the same level of financial disclosure to employees that it provides to its investors.

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Scot Chisholm, December 2108 Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month

You can watch the interview with Scot below or listen to the podcast here.

As the Changemaker of the Month for December, Scot will receive an autographed copy of Your Mark on the World and ten lifetime, all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school, the online school for changemakers. He also earns a spot in the competition for Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Year.

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You Choose the December Changemaker of the Month

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for December 2018 right here. We have 13 great candidates for your consideration. You can read more about each candidate–and watch the interview with them–by clicking the link next to each name in the list 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. The winner will also be qualified for the 2018 Changemaker of the Year award, which will include a donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates. Voting ends Friday, December 14, 2018, at 5:00 PM MDT. Please note that employees of the Your Mark on the World Center and our sponsors, including CaringCrowd and Johnson & Johnson, are not eligible and so are not listed below.


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Rice Inc. Team Selected By Readers As Changemaker Of The Month For November 2018

The Rice Inc. team, winners of the $1 million 2018 Hult Prize for social entrepreneurship was chosen by readers to be the November 2018 Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month. The team is comprises Lincoln Lee, CEO, Julia Vannaxay, COO, Vannie Koay, CFO and Kisum Chan, CMO. They have developed a new business model for helping smallholder farmers increase rice yield with more efficient drying.

Lincoln, Koay and Chan visited with me last month. You can watch our discussion in the video below.

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

As the Changemakers of the Month for November, the team will receive an autographed copy of Your Mark on the World and ten lifetime, all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school, the online school for changemakers. They also earn a spot in the competition for Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Year.

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November Changemaker of the Month Voting Starts Today

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for November 2018 right here. We have 17 great candidates for your consideration. You can read more about each candidate–and watch the interview with them–by clicking the link next to each name.

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. The winner will also be qualified for the 2018 Changemaker of the Year award, which will include a donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates. Voting ends Friday, November 26, 2018, at 5:00 PM MDT. Please note that employees of the Your Mark on the World Center and our sponsors, including CaringCrowd and Johnson & Johnson, are not eligible and so are not listed below.

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