Hult prize changing the world for the better

Today’s time magazine feature ex US president Bill Clinton on it’s cover page. Reason for this is very comprehensive interview with president Clinton about ideas that could change this world for a better in upcoming years. Along with ideas of technology, equality and green energy he points out that crowdsourced ideas made through platforms such as Hult Prize can really push this planet forward and make it significantly better place:

My last example of why I’m optimistic concerns one of my favorite partnerships, the Hult International Business School and its annual Hult Global Case Challenge. Each year the school joins with leading NGOs to pose a series of real global social challenges, and teams of four or five university students from around the world compete to find the best solution. The NGO partners then receive seed funding for implementing the winning ideas through a $1 million cash grant.
One of the winners this year was from the Abu Dhabi campus of New York University, and the team was four students: one from India, one from Pakistan, one from China and one from Taiwan. When they came onstage to receive their award and pose for a picture, I asked them, “Are you sure you guys want this in the local paper?” And they said, in various ways, “We are so over this.” The differences between India and Pakistan over Kashmir are real, as are the tensions between China and Taiwan, but these students are living 10 years from now. They have something to look forward to, and they set a wonderful example for the rest of us to follow.

What is Hult prize?

For those of you who haven’t heard of Hult Prize, it is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship that invites students from around the world to come up with business solutions to the world’s most intractable social issues. It was started by Hult’s student Ahmad Ashkar while studying for his MBA, and is being organized for third year in a row. If you want to know more about it visit Hult Prize website.

After seeing this interview I must admit that it is an honor to be Hult student at this moment. Off to buy couple more Time magazines to save it for my children! Read the whole article here – The case for optimism.


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