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Carsten presents the idea and goals of BOOKBRIDGE
Carsten presents the idea and goals of BOOKBRIDGE

Last week, Ashoka inducted Carsten as Ashoka Fellow for founding BOOKBRIDGE and promoting the idea of global educational equality. We are now officially part of the worldwide Ashoka network, including more than 3,000 selected fellows in 72 countries. We are very proud of this achievement and would like to thank all bridge builders – especially our founders, investors, partners and volunteers. Without you, this would have never been possible!

Ashoka is the first and worldwide largest organization which supports social entrepreneurs. Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society. Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, team work, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.

Carsten with his parents and BOOKBRIDGE investors Christine and Frank Mildenberger, Werner Gloßner and Robert Torscht (from right to left)
Carsten with his parents and BOOKBRIDGE investors Christine and Frank Mildenberger, Werner Gloßner and Robert Torscht (from right to left)

Standing on the stage and talking about how BOOKBRIDGE started, Carsten noted that “Big ideas start small. Persistence and humility make them grow. What started with the collection of books for children in Mongolia, has turned into a social enterprise transforming the educational landscape in the Global South and North.” All this would not have been possible without the extraordinary support by bridge builders form around the world. Without the support of our book champions, fellows, social investors and partners, we would have never come so far. It is your award as well. We are very proud of this recognition and we will celebrate it at the 2014 BridgeBuilder Summit. More information on Ashoka at www.ashoka.org.