Adam Braun’s inspiring Ted Talk describes in five key phrases how an idea grew from a seed to a global movement.

He is the grandson of holocaust survivors who instilled in him the importance of education. Growing up he was certain of his path – complete his education and go to Wall Street. Done. Dusted.

Fate had other ideas….

Faced with almost certain death when a ship he was on was hit by a freak 60 foot wave he suddenly became aware of a renewed sense of purpose. Having survived, he backpacked through 50 countries to find out what this was.

An encounter with a child begging in India whom he asked “what would you most like?” The answer “a pencil” provided him with just that mission – build a movement of “citizen philanthropy” based on the determination of a parent to educate their child.

The results were remarkable.

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