Meet the changemakers


July 19, 2013

When change seems hard, it helps to learn from people who have dedicated their lives to it. These five distinguished individuals spend their days pushing the boundaries to make life better, and they generously shared their wisdom with us for “8 ways to deal with change (based on the habits of successful changemakers).” 

David Faulkner, director of Education Changemakers,is an award-winning educator with 14 years of leadership experience in the Australian education sector. Passionate about ensuring all people get the best opportunities in life regardless of circumstance, he became a teacher and education changemaker. He believes education is the most powerful tool for ending disadvantage. Dave has brought reform and dramatic improvement to some of the most challenging schools in Australia, including Halls Creek District High School, widely lauded as one of the most innovative education programs in the country. He has been recognized as the Young West Australian of the Year (2004) and WA Young Leader of the Year (2003).
Website: http://www.educationchangemakers.com
Twitter:  @EduChangemakers (https://twitter.com/EduChangemakers)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Education-Changemakers/235286233196713

Andre Ferreira is the founder of VuAir, a UK-based company that makes aerial photography and video equipment through a “bedrock of innovation, creativity, and problem solving.” His technology allows customers a chance to capture film or photography from unique angles with the help of flying high-definition cameras. Andre has loved building and inventing new things from a young age: “I enjoyed pulling things apart and not necessarily putting them back together.” Originally from Portugal, he moved to the UK to pursue studies and a career in mechanical engineering. Now that VuAir is successful in the commercial sector, he plans to make his technology accessible to everyone.
Website: http://www.vuair.co.uk/
Twitter: @VuAir (https://twitter.com/VuAir)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VuAir

Jim Fruchterman, a former rocket scientist, is the award-winning founder and CEO of Benetech, a not-for-profit social enterprise that “integrates business, technology, and social awareness to create global solutions that serve humanity.” Initiatives include Bookshare, a web-based digital library for the visually impaired; Route 66, a literacy program that focuses on age-, interest-, and ability-appropriate content; Miradi software for environmental project management; and Human Rights Data Analysis Group, which uses scientific methods to help societies clarify the truth about their violent pasts. In 2003, the Schwab Foundation named Jim an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur, and under his leadership, Benetech received the Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship. He also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006, and was awarded the Robert F. Bray Award from the American Council of the Blind.
Website: http://benetech.org/
Twitter: @Benetech (https://twitter.com/Benetech)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Benetech.Org

Dennis Whittle is the co-founder of GlobalGiving and a member of the leadership group at Ashoka. GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits around the world a chance to raise the money they need to improve their communities. The Ashoka network includes nearly 3,000 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries. It provides start-up financing, professional support services, and connections as a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Previously an economist at The World Bank, Dennis changed his focus when he was caught off-guard by a contestant who lost at The World Bank’s first Development Marketplace, a program where early stage development projects compete for funding.  She told him, “I don’t want to wait again for next year. Why aren’t there other places where I can get support and funding for my idea now?” Today, whether he’s teaching or leading, he aspires to give people opportunities to help them achieve their full potential.
Websites: http://www.globalgiving.org and https://www.ashoka.org
Twitter: @GlobalGiving (https://twitter.com/GlobalGiving) and @Ashoka (https://twitter.com/Ashoka)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalGiving and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashoka/66279444793

Terri Winston founded Women’s Audio Mission (a.k.a. WAM) while a tenured professor and director of the Sound Recording Arts Program at City College of San Francisco from 2001 to 2011. WAM is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts. They have created various programs, workshops, events, and affordable recording services as a “direct response to the social inequality women face in music production and recording arts.” Terri’s love of music and the recording arts spans 25 years as a songwriter, composer, recording engineer, and producer. In addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Third Eye Blind, Cake, Pixies, and Flaming Lips, she has composed and produced theme music for KRON-TV’s “First Cut” series, Banana Republic, and various films on Bravo’s Independent Film Channel, French Television’s Cine Cinemas, and major festivals worldwide. Terri has received numerous awards, including an ASCAP songwriting award and a Boston Music Award. She is a voting member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences.
Website: http://www.womensaduiomission.org/
Twitter: @Womensaudio (https://twitter.com/womensaudio)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womensaudiomission