Recently I heard a story about a 15 year-old girl with a life-long physical ailment. She had been awarded a special wish by the Make a Wish Foundation. When her initial wish did not work out, instead of coming up with another wish, she told her mother that she already had everything that she really wanted and wished to give her wish to someone less fortunate. And she did. She changed the life of another young girl by granting that young girl’s wish!
Young people, especially the current generation of young people, increasingly desire to make the world around them a better place – to change the world for the better – to make a positive difference in the lives of the less fortunate. And the really exciting thing is that they really think – even know – that they can make a difference – that they can change the world. A lot of not-so-young people also want to change the world. And sometimes they are able to do so; sometimes they are not able. Too often they jump in without having the “tools” that education and experience provide. And many more times life gets in the way, and those passionate desires fade into memories of dreams.
Change University if for the young people and everyone else with those dreams of changing the world. Change University is designed as a portal for the exchange of information about human insecurities like poverty, hunger and homelessness AND about existing attempts to address those human insecurities through education, healthcare, economic development and other realms of impact. The role of ChangeU is to provide in one place, through a variety of methods, information for anyone and everyone that wants to make a difference – that wants to change the world.
ChangeU brings to you Champions of Change from around the world, and from around the corner. Our Champions will share via blog posts their understanding of the causes of human insecurities, manifestations of human insecurities and the variety of solutions used to address human insecurities. And maybe more importantly, our Champions are going to challenge future global difference makers to use everything that they learn at ChangeU to create new solutions, better solutions and potentially collaborative solutions with other future global difference makers. Be sure to read their blog posts each week!
We also invite you to jump into the videos of our Champions of Change as they share via recorded talks all of the knowledge that they have acquired over the years. And don’t forget to read the media reports of the ways our Champions and others have changed the world; more specifically, how they have changed the lives of millions of less fortunate people around the world – just like the 15 year-old girl did with her wish.
On Saturday, Feb. 13, Jon Burns, 2014 CNN Top 10 Hero, will drop the “Change University Challenge” on you via the first blog post by one of Champions of Change.
WARNING: Do not read the Challenge unless you mean business about changing the world! You will be challenged!!
Will you accept the challenge? Whether you are in college, high school or the retirement home, you can make a difference with the right tools. Engage Change U and find the right tools to become the Champions of Change for the next generation.
Welcome to Change University!
Dr. Jim King, President
Doc, our author, has traveled around the world with university students studying difference makers, working with difference makers, and serving to make a difference in the lives of slum dwellers, human trafficking victims, outcasts and others less fortunate. You can read more about him on the About Us page.