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ChangeMakers is a series of visual narratives, each of which profiles a person who has made a significant difference by building something of lasting value: a company; an NGO; a body of art; a tradition of doing things differently. The first series has been developed in partnership with the Allan Gray Centre for Values Based Leadership, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Each narrative is in the Creative Commons and is free to use for non-commercial purposes.

ChangeMakers #1 Sam Paddock - People Doing Things. Sam and Rob Paddock co-founded their online education company – GetSmarter – in 2008. Their first course enrolled just over three hundred students. By 2017, when the company was sold, GetSmarter was partnered with five of the ten highest ranked universities in the world and was providing short courses for working professionals on every continent. Here, Sam reflects on these ten years; on both the successes and the challenges; on strategy as practice and on the importance of leadership guided by strong and clear values. Go to the full story….

ChangeMakers #2 Mandla Majola - United by Pain. Mandla Majola is a social activist, working to provide poor communities with basic services, and their dignity. His insight and expertise is built on fifteen years of national leadership in the Treatment Action Campaign, renowned for its successful advocacy for those living with HIV and AIDS. In this visual narrative, Mandla traces TAC’s major campaigns, that eventually forced a reluctant government to change course, making treatment widely available and saving thousands of lives. He talks about his own motivation, personal pressures and the importance of resilience in holding true to values. Go to the full story….

ChangeMakers #3 Sokari Douglas Camp - We were Brave. Sokari Douglas Camp lives and works in London, where she makes extraordinary sculptures in metal. Her aesthetic sensibility and celebration of her Kalabari roots give force to her persistent focus on key issues of social justice: the environmental consequences of oil extraction; corporate complicity in human rights violations; the legacies of slavery. Go to the full story….

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