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Big Bets: 8 Game-Changers Shake Things Up to Solve Our Country’s Challenges

May 12, 2014
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Big Bets: 8 Game-Changers Shake Things Up to Solve Our Country’s Challenges
Eight social innovators who are betting their ideas can make a difference. Jacob Templin
NationSwell sits down with eight innovators who are betting their ideas can tackle our biggest national problems.

We know about the challenges.

We know that too many young people are struggling to find employment and a ladder up; that too many children fail to receive the sort of education they need to flourish in the 21st century world; that more young people should be given the opportunity to partake in some form of national service — and that too few actually do.

At NationSwell, we are deeply concerned about these problems, and we are always grateful to find a smart report or analysis of the challenges. Developing a true and deep understanding of a problem is the first step in solving it.

But it’s what comes next that truly excites us — and defines our mission.

It’s the innovators, the pioneers, the change-makers who not only understand these national challenges and all of their complexity, but who also dare to solve them. At NationSwell, we are ever-focused on finding them, telling their powerful stories and driving action in support of their efforts.

Who are these leaders, what are their visions for change, what motivates them — and what, exactly, are the big bets they are making to advance our country?

NationSwell sat down with eight innovators at the Gathering of Leaders, an annual event held this past year in Napa, Calif., hosted by leading venture philanthropy organization New Profit, for a series of extraordinary conversations in which we posed some of those very questions.

The answers we got were as varied as they were illuminating — and, to us, heartening. If the odds are anything like Vegas, some of these risk-takers will fail and some will succeed. But, in thinking creatively and acting boldly, what these men and women are doing to tackle our biggest national challenges demands our consideration — and participation.

We invite you to watch and be part of the conversation as we present the NationSwell series: “Big Bets”.

All the best,

Greg Behrman

Editor-in-Chief

NationSwell

 

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