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ThinkImpact is a global social enterprise that provides university
students and young professionals the Innovation Institute, America’s premier
immersion program in rural Africa that trains the next generation of social
entrepreneurs. The Innovation Institute is a curriculum based summer
immersion program lasting 8 weeks (June through August), and offered on a
competitive basis to select scholars from across the United States. Teams of 12
scholars led by 2 advisors are sent to live and work in rural villages in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and South
Africa where ThinkImpact has established relationships. Our approach to poverty
alleviation utilizes an asset based community development philosophy to fuel social innovation at the base of the
pyramid. Local community members work with scholars who promote a mindset of
innovation, self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship rather than dependency and
aid. Only through such change can development become locally owned and sustainable.
This is the true story of 10 Scholars and 4 ThinkImpact staff members picked to live in a village and have their lives taped. Find out what happens when students and community members work together to create innovative solutions to global challenges. The Real World, ThinkImpact Ghana Innovation Institute 2012.
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