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The Assisting Entrepreneurial Schools web site has been prepared by Openworld, Inc. as resource for communities to explore new market-sensitive learning initiatives.  It intends to offer a forum for peer-to- peer exchanges by learning entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

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Apply for "Seeds of Change" Microvouchers

Openworld is offering 500 microscholarships in coming months to fund digital "work-study" projects by students at entrepreneurial schools for the poor to create video clips on opportunities for sustainability. The initiative is funded by recent grants from John C. Whitehead, former coChairman of Goldman Sachs, Jack Pearce, and the Explorers Foundation. Explore the new Seeds of Change challenge offer and apply for the Seeds of Change resources.

How to Contribute to AES

Openworld welcomes your help in assisting grassroots schools in impoverished communities.  

Supporters interested in making tax-deductible contributions to the Assisting Entrepreneurial Schools and "Seeds of Change" initiatives can do so through the Explorers Foundation
(tel: +1 303-744-1855).

New Partnership Ideas

  • John Whitehead

    In this discussion, former Goldman Sachs Cochairman John Whitehead explores a new "Adopt-a-School" approach for private corporations to improve the quality of learning and expand prospects for student success.  The conversation draws upon his experiences in forming public-private partnerships in New York, and introduces practical opportunities for businesses to move forward. More...

  • Soleman Abdi Idd

    Openworld Chairman Soleman Idd explores opportunities for cell phone companies to partner with schools and microentrepreneurs in emerging economies as a means of opening grassroots markets for eLearning, online payments, and telework jobs creation. More...

  • Michael Strong

    Michael Strong is an education innovator and Cofounder, with John Mackey of Whole Foods, of FLOW, a nonprofit group working for sustainable development through civil society initiatives. In this paper on Women's Empowermet Free Zones, he explores how asset-sharing development partnerships in free economic zones can generate new revenues for entrepreneurially led learning and job-creation for those who have been previously marginalized.  More...

  • Nandasiri Wanninayaka*

    Nandasiri Wanninayaka ("Wanni") is an Ashoka Fellow who has earned world-wide recognition for Sri Lanka's entrepreneurial education initiatives in rural areas plagued by unemployment, isolation, and civil war. Since 1997, when he launched a private school for the poor on an unpaid basis, he has helped hundreds of rural youth gain new language and ICT skills as preparation for entry into the global marketplace.  More...

  • James Tooley*


  • Lew Perelman*

    Lew Perelman has been recognized by Tom Peters as a world-class visionary (and recipient of his "Idea of the Year" award) for his theory of kanbrain: just-in-time learning, expertise, support, experience, and collaboration. He introduced the concept of microvouchers for eLearning in a Wall Street Journal op-ed column in 1995.  More...