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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

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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.

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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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Our Solutions Are Greater Than Our Problems

Does it feel like Earth is spiraling out of control, that poverty, disease and climate change are bound to overwhelm us?
When I was born, more than half of the world’s people lived in extreme poverty; today fewer than 10 percent do.
No one on the planet has had smallpox in two generations. Only 22 people were paralyzed by polio last year. All we’ve learned from eradicating smallpox and polio is being used to fight malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis.
Climate change remains a threat, but there is reason to hope. In 2016, for the first time, the world produced less carbon than the year before despite a growing global economy; that trend continues.
But we can’t relax.
We should build purpose-driven enterprises that don’t extract value from low-income countries or communities but that create value for them.
We can fund schools that educate children, especially girls–who are too often excluded–so that everyone has an opportunity to prosper.
As consumers, we can insist that companies we support with our purchases are behaving responsibly toward the planet, their employees, customers and their communities.
As investors, we should purge our portfolios of investments in companies that harm the planet or people. Instead, we need to invest in companies that are improving global health and prosperity while protecting the environment.
I am deeply optimistic that by working together we can largely eliminate the threat of climate change and live in a more prosperous, healthier world.
Our solutions are greater than our problems.

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How Deep Optimism Is the Key to Solving the World’s Biggest Problems and Yours

People often ask, “are you a glass is half full or half empty kind of person?”

Entrepreneurs I’ve known can look at a virtually empty glass and see it as full. For a long time, I figured that they all must suffer from some shared psychosis, but I’ve come to appreciate that entrepreneurs aren’t blind optimists or mentally ill—they know something others don’t: they know where to get the water.

For most of my career, I have worked with entrepreneurs. For the past seven years, I’ve worked primarily with mission-driven business owners who are focused on solving a social problem, not just an economic one.

Now, I see an entrepreneur’s view as “deep optimism.”

This is not about believing today is going to be a good day nor even about having confidence in your solution to a big problem. And it isn’t only about knowing where the water is.

To the contrary, it starts with a recognition that action trumps attitude. Nothing is as likely to make today great as doing something great.

Picture a beach covered with crude oil after an oil spill. A good attitude and cheerleaders won’t clean it up. It will require hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours of careful scraping and scooping to remove the layer of muck and return the beach to its pristine condition.

Your book won’t write itself because you have a good attitude; you have to sit down and put words on the page. Your business won’t grow because you will it to; it will grow only when you do the work required.

Deep optimism, you see, isn’t about seeing the glass as half full, it’s about knowing where the water is and then fetching it.

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Shane McKenna: October Changemaker Of The Month

Shane McKenna, an entrepreneur and inventor, has tackled global hunger as his latest effort. He’s invented an affordable hydroponic garden that can produce food in the harshest of environments, even in places where water is scarce. Readers chose Shane as the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for October 2018.

Shane is presently conducting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, working to raise the money to begin scaling up this solution to global hunger.

It is also worth noting that Shane was officially our guest on episode number 1000 of the Your Mark on the World Show.

As the Changemaker of the Month for October, Shane 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.

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In The Battle Of ‘Man Against Nature’ We Won And Lost

We who live out west are accustomed to driving long distances across open expanses, leading us to conclude that the world is vast, and we are small. Highway signs still mark the distance to the next town with food, gas and lodging, reinforcing a worldview that suggests a struggle of “man against nature,” one that nature is sure to win.

Across rolling Idaho farmland, the Grand Tetons loom in the distance. Credit: Devin Thorpe

Across rolling Idaho farmland, the Grand Tetons rise in the distance. Credit: Devin Thorpe

E.O. Wilson, the environmentalist, launched a movement and wrote a book by the title, Half Earth. I read the book long ago enough that I no longer remember its words, though I remember its point. We must preserve half the earth in its natural form so it remains available to the creatures who depend on it and to our posterity who, absent our commitment, will not experience its marvel, magic and majesty.

I found this endangered grizzly foraging for food in Yellowstone after the first snow fall. Credit: Devin Thorpe.

I found this endangered grizzly foraging for food in Yellowstone after the first snowfall. Credit: Devin Thorpe.

Returning from Yellowstone National Park for a short weekend as a tourist of the lowest variety, I reflect on the constant, natural reminders of Wilson’s work and movement.

The Park is not merely a place of beauty and serenity for people to see. It is a natural habitat for endangered species including grizzly bears, wolves, wolverines and bald eagles. It is also a living laboratory, a unique place where science can be conducted to better understand the planet’s geology.

Yellowstone's inherent beauty is not limited to what we see but includes what we learn. Credit: Devin Thorpe

Yellowstone’s inherent beauty is not limited to what we see but includes what we learn. Credit: Devin Thorpe

Yellowstone seems so much bigger than it is. While it requires days to see thoughtfully and would continue to surprise residents of many years, it is smaller than Connecticut and larger only than each of the U.S. states Delaware and Rhode Island, but not their total area. At 3,471 square miles, it is smaller than a square 60 miles on each side.

The total area of all National Parks in the U.S. is 81,563 square miles, just over 2 percent of the 3,796,742 square miles in the country. These are not our only protected areas, of course. The total protected area in the U.S. covers 499,800 square miles or about 14 percent of the land area of the U.S., still far short of Wilson’s goal.

The apparent scale of Yellowstone is an illusion. Credit: Devin Thorpe

The apparent scale of Yellowstone is an illusion. Credit: Devin Thorpe

So, I leave Yellowstone committed to E.O. Wilson’s movement to protect half the earth as natural space, knowing that time is short and already we must undo damage done, in some cases restoring land to its natural habitat rather than just protecting it.

One key to our success will be helping those of us who live in “flyover states,” so dubbed precisely because they are large and relatively sparsely populated, to recognize that in the battle traditionally framed as “man against nature,” humans won—and in the winning lost.

There are fewer than 1 million elk on the planet, meaning there are 7,400 times more people. Credit: Devin Thorpe

There are fewer than 1 million elk on the planet, meaning there are 7,400 times more people. Credit: Devin Thorpe

Ironically, driving across our large open spaces—mostly corporate farms and ranches–we’ve learned the wrong lessons, concluding the world is vast and we are small. In fact, we populate the world in vast numbers and the earth is small and effectively shrinking. We must act now to protect and preserve it.

Changemaker of the Month for October: Choose Now!

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for October 2018 right here. We have 11 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, October 5, 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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Haitian Social Entrepreneur Who Launched a Global Publishing Platform For Women Chosen As Changemaker of the Month

Your Mark on the World readers chose Haitian social entrepreneur and publisher Daniella Jacques as the Changemaker of the Month. Daniella is a powerhouse who seeks to empower women by sharing news by, about and for them–giving them relevance in places where they’ve never had it before.

Watch my interview with her to hear her story in her own words.

Daniella has recognized from her earliest memories that women face challenges in the world that men don’t face, don’t understand and seem not to care about. Women are often not even in the room when men do talk about their issues.

She says it is time that women were part of the discussion. She launched Women’s Dophen News to be a platform for news relevant to women, not only in Haiti but around the world. She is already publishing in four languages, Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and English.

My take: Daniella Jacques will change the world and her name will become very familiar.

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

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for September 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, September 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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