Thomas Vaassen: Unlocking the value of land for Ghanaian farmers

Thomas Vaassen: Unlocking the value of land for Ghanaian farmers

Land is a precious commodity, and land ownership holds significant value in all parts of the world. In Ghana, land is not only viewed as a monetary asset. Land holds more personal value and Ghanaians view it as part of their heritage and culture. They feel that their land is a piece of them, something they will pass down from generation to generation. With this strong attachment to land, land rights are a very sensitive and pertinent issue. But in Ghana, owning land and having proof of land ownership do not necessarily go hand in hand. This is where Thomas and his company Landmapp offer a unique service: mapping land and providing official land tenure documentation to smallholder farmers.

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Steven Olikara: Building Bridges Across a Divided Government

Steven Olikara: Building Bridges Across a Divided Government
“This election in particular has brought to bear some of the deep divisions we have in this country. It’s critical that the millennial generation leads the way in being bridge-builders politically, ethnically, racially and socio-demographically.”

Steven Olikara is the Co-Founder and President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), a nonpartisan nonprofit with a mission to re-establish political cooperation across parties and defeat the polarization and gridlock that is holding back the United States government. By working in close collaboration with lawmakers, MAP has already advanced legislation on issues including entrepreneurship, technology, 21st century skills training, veterans’ employment, immigration, volunteerism, and more.

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Federico Ast: Making justice accessible for all with Crowdjury

Federico Ast: Making justice accessible for all with Crowdjury
“Philosopher Jeremy Bentham believed 18th century institutions are founded upon three pillars: the court system, the postal service and uncensored newspapers. The postal service and delivery of news have already been dramatically changed by the internet and other technology. Crowdjury is a step towards revolutionizing the court system.”

Federico Ast is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Crowdjury, an online platform that crowdsources judicial proceedings, including the filing of complaints, evaluation of evidence, trial and jury verdict. It is designed to reach a true verdict for each case quickly and at minimal cost, with the aim of making justice affordable and accessible for all.

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