The Global Challenge is a chance for students and recent graduates to learn more about the issues they care about and present their findings to the world.
Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. Participants are asked to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.
Winners of the Global Challenge will receive cash prizes and tickets to the Emerge Conference 2017, and the best submission will win tickets to the Skoll World Forum 2018 (including a subsidy for travel costs). In addition, partner universities may provide their own prizes to finalists, including access to the ‘Apprenticing with a Problem’ funding to to facilitate further research on the chosen topic or other development opportunities.
£2,000 cash prize Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance
£2,000 cash prize
Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance
£1,000 cash prize Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance
£1,000 cash prize
Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance
Meet the judging panel for The Global Challenge Final:
Cheryl Dahle is an entrepreneur and journalist who works at the intersection of business and social change. Along with a team of designers, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs, she creates and tests new ways to solve large-scale, systemic problems. Dahle is founder and CEO of Flip Labs, a transition design consultancy. The company’s first foray into systems work was tackling the global problem of overfishing through its Future of Fish initiative. The project became a non-profit innovation hub that supports the collective impact of entrepreneurs whose ideas help end overfishing. Future of Fish was one of two national finalists in the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, which recognizes insightful systemic approaches to ending the world’s most complex problems. Prior to this, Dahle was a director at Ashoka, where she distilled knowledge from the organization’s network of 2,500 fellows to provide strategic insight to foundations and corporations. Before her work with non-profits, she was part of an incubation and start-up team to launch an online environmental magazine, for which she helped secure $12 million in venture funding. Dahle spent more than a decade writing about social entrepreneurship and business for publications including Fast Company, The New York Times and CIO.
Claudia Kelly Li
Claudia Kelly Li is a Global Ashoka Fellow with nearly a decade of experience in cross-cultural communications and environmental campaigning. She is a co-founder and the visionary behind the organisations Shark Truth and hua foundation: non-profits that pioneer food sustainability and food security work in the Chinese-Canadian community. Through the power of narrative and values-based storytelling, her work and writing has shifted global and national conversations around the intersection of conservation and culture. Claudia has previously acted as an advisor to the Vancouver Foundation and as a board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and is a graduate of the Next Up social and environmental justice program, and the THNK Creative Leadership Program. Claudia is currently working on a new storytelling project called panning4gold, and developing new programming at Art of People on leadership development, conflict facilitation, and human-centred design.
Henry is currently Partnerships Director at 2degrees, the leading collaboration platform for sustainable business. He leads the Innovation Gateway, an alliance of major corporations using their collective strength to reduce environmental impacts and build resilience. Prior to 2degrees, Henry held senior positions with Mars, Twentieth Century Fox, Johnson & Johnson and consulted with NGO’s including the World Health Organisation. Henry recognises business as a platform for change, with a keen interest in developing the next generation of responsible leaders, continuing to mentor innovation led start-ups and regularly speaking on ‘Leading for Resilience’. Henry completed his PhD, focused on neurodegenerative disease, at the University of Cambridge and joined 2degrees after his MBA at Said Business School, University of Oxford. Outside 2degrees Henry spends his time cycling up hills (lecure.org), playing squash, and recently drove 3000km across India… in a rickshaw (3000km, 27 breakdowns, 5 spark plugs, and 1 minor hostage situation).
Avani Patel joined the Peery Foundation as Local Portfolio Director in November of 2013 to strengthen the foundation’s contribution to closing the opportunity gap for youth in East Palo Alto. Her career in education started through Teach for America as a teacher in East Palo Alto. She has worked in both traditional and charter school systems and has served as a school site and district administrator in the Ravenswood City School District, the public school district in East Palo Alto. She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Sociology and African & African American studies. In addition, she pursued her Masters in Education and received her doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Baljeet Sandhu is the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU), a national legal and policy hub based at Islington Law Centre. She is recognised as one of the UK leads on children’s rights in the field of asylum and immigration law regularly providing expert advice to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, UN Agencies, the Home Office, and national and international NGOs. She was awarded Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2011, is a 2014 Clore Social Leadership Fellow, and in 2016 was selected as a Vital Voices Global Leadership Fellow. In recognition of her work, she was honored with the 2017 DVF International Award during the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations and has recently been selected as a 2017 Yale World Fellow.
Driven by a passionate belief that all sectors of society must act together to achieve prosperous and sustainable business and society, Darian works with companies, the UN, NGOs, and governments with one aim: to unleash the power of cross-sector partnership to achieve widespread social innovation and sustainable development. A pioneer in the theory and practice of partnering for over a decade, his focus is around making partnership the ‘new normal’: mainstreaming collaboration as an accepted and widely implemented approach to development. His work combines developing the necessary theoretical frameworks along with directly implementing, refining and codifying new approaches such as country-based multi-stakeholder platforms to systematically catalyse partnership action. Darian has written extensively on partnership, lectures around the world and has played a significant role in driving the public-private cooperation agenda of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
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