Social Innovation

Meet These Inspiring Young Leaders of Social Change in South Africa

The 10 inaugural MSA LEAD fellows demonstrate the wellspring of passion and creativity that exists among young South African social entrepreneurs.

Global Youth Leaders Share Fresh Ideas for a Better World

More than 200 students, professors, and public and private sector leaders convened to learn from IYF's Laureate Global Fellows about how to be a force for good in a world facing unprecedented challenges.

Sustainable Clothing: Lessons from Chile

While criticism of the garment industry's social and environmental costs persists, Felipe Cortés Bravo is one young leader offering a solution.

A Force for Good: Meet the 2016 Laureate Global Fellows

The 2016 Laureate Global Fellows—20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs in 18 countries—excel at transforming seemingly overwhelming obstacles into opportunities for positive change.

3 Ways to Tap Young Leaders’ Critical Insight into Global Goals

Young innovators offer their suggestions for how to include youth in development in truly meaningful ways.

To Reach the SDGs, the World Needs a Multi-Generational Alliance

The participants in the Global Youth Forum at the World Bank made me more optimistic about our chances for success in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bee Farming & Other Social Innovations Worth Investing In

Georgetown University graduate students analyze the assets and investment opportunities of youth-led social ventures in a new YouthActionNet® case study series. 

3 Reasons Why DFID's New Youth Agenda is Spot On

By placing youth at the center of its work, DFID's new policy serves as a model for businesses, philanthropies, international NGOs, and others looking to invest in sustainable solutions to a host of global challenges. 

MSA LEAD to Support & Celebrate South Africa's Young Leaders

Young social entrepreneurs across South Africa offer a new story of hope and change. To celebrate and support their role as leaders and innovators, IYF has partnered with Monash South Africa (MSA) and Laureate International Universities to launch the MSA LEAD program.

A Young Entrepreneur Brings Language-Learning to Brazil’s Favelas

When bad news strikes, sometimes it’s hard to see past it. Such was the case this week when Brazil’s deepening political and economic crisis all but eclipsed news of the arrival in Rio of the flame that will light the way to the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it’s just at these times when it helps to focus on positive stories of what’s working and why. Gustavo Reis, the 23-year-old founder of 4YOU2, is one of those stories.