Looking for a little motivation?
If you look for it, there is no shortage of inspiration in this great world of ours. There are thousands of people doing amazing things. DREAM BIG.
Simon Poultney Foundation - I met Gordon Poultney in Zambia, where he hosted me through Couchsurfing. As the head of SPF, he oversees diverse projects in the Kapiri Mposhi community, which they have 'adopted' from all angles. Traveling in Africa one sees many NGOs with a variety of approaches, but it is rare to find one convincing enough to vouch for. SPF is an exception, largely because of Gordon's dedication. See the website to find out more.
Sugata Mitra - Founder of the Hole in the Wall (HIW) Project, and currently a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University. Traveling it becomes clear that grassroots education is the first step on the road to solving global issues. Dr. Mitra is showing us the way - self-directed learning. Institutions are failing us, let's give the next generation the tools they need to educate themselves.
See also Salmon Khan's foundation: www.khanacademy.org, another ambitious facilitator of self-directed, online learning.