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Fifty percent of the world’s population is under the age of 25, and the majority of those youth live in the developing world. How do you harness the power and energy of that group for social action? In this audio interview , Kriss Deiglmeier, executive director of Stanford's Center for Social Innovation, converses with Nick Yeo, development and communications manager of a unique nonprofit called TakingITGlobal.
Yeo discusses how the organization utilizes a free, multilingual online platform that employs Web 2.0 community tools to support youth in creating change in their communities and globally. He shares TakingITGlobal’s strategies and approaches to effectively bridge online and off-line engagement, as well as learning and action. The project won the 2007 Microsoft Education Award, administered by the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif.
Nick Yeo is a global nomad, classically trained pianist, former youth theater actor, electric bass doodler, and development and communications manager for TakingITGlobal. In this latter role, he is responsible for business development, including fundraising, grant writing, sponsorships, partnerships, and other revenue generating streams. He also heads up communications, handling media relations, publications, and management of the organization's design team and internal communications between all stakeholders. Born in Vancouver, Canada, Yeo has lived in Singapore, Taipei, Bangkok, Montreal, and now Toronto. He holds a joint honors degree in history and philosophy from McGill University.