10 MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE—AT GROUND LEVEL

Last winter, my wife Ana and I flew to Davos, the Swiss ski resort that every year hosts the World Economic Forum. It's a gathering where you can literally bump into Bill Gates, Bono, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf all in one day. At the parties, along the corridors, and in the panel discussions, people were talking about some of the world's biggest problems. Ana and I, however, went looking for some good news, and ended up attending a panel discussion with six teenagers.

The "Davos Six," as they're called, were a global group, all activists in their communities. They had been chosen out of 300 contenders by the British Council, a nonprofit that seeks to build ...

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