Hello everyone. If you have been following our Twitter account @hubwestminster you may have seen the following quote – “For too long, information, opportunities, and resources have been constraints, they need to be the bridges.” – Sharad Vivek Sagar. It is a great quote and all the more remarkable when you realise that the author of the quote is still only 22 years old. What can social entrepreneurs learn from this young man? Here are three lessons below.
 
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Sharad Vivek Sagar grew up in the rural state of Bihar in Northern India and noticed that educational administrators and anyone with financial resources did not put their children through public schools. He believed that access to good education should be open to all particularly the poor; aged 13 he resolved to change the status quo. The campaign he launched eventually received the support of UNICEF and other agencies and led to the creation of his first nonprofit called ‘We Aim High’ in 2006 when he was just 14 years old.  The focus of We Aim High was working with youth in the areas of education, environment, human rights and social change.
 
Stay true to your vision
 
Two years later Sharad founded Dexterity Global, an internationally awarded social enterprise, which has created an ecosystem suitable for the next generation of innovators, social entrepreneurs, change makers and leaders. Dexterity Global has three platforms: DexChallenge, DexGlobe and DexSchool. You can learn more about them here.
 
You can effect change by taking small steps
In an interview to BostInno, Sharad was quoted saying “I can’t go out and plant a million trees, but I can go out and tell [students] to plant 10 each.” It is with approach that he has effectively created a movement has helped over 100,000 young people and received a host of international awards including being voted into the  ‘Top 100 Innovators for the Next Century’  by The Rockefeller Foundation and listed as one of the “50 Heroes of Bihar” by Hindustan, India’s largest circulated newspaper.  His work has also led to him being awarded a four year scholarship to Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA.
 
We hope you have found Sharad’s life inspirational. If you have any questions relating to this post feel free to give us a call on +44 (0)207 148 6720 or email via quentin.johns@hubwestminster.net to start the conversation.
 
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Impact Hub Westminster Team