I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead an audacious and inspiring force of students who are channeling their experiences and voices toward revolutionary change in their schools and communities. As the son of immigrant parents who saved every nickel and dime they had so I could have a better life, I understand the transformative impact a high quality education can have on a child’s life trajectory. We know that the American Dream increasingly feels like a fleeting possibility for too many people, so it’s time to amplify the voices of students who are the authentic messengers of the change we desire.
Social entrepreneur, Ahmen, shares his story with young people while rapping.
Posted by Global Shapers on Friday, August 31, 2018
Ahmen ignited over 400 changemakers from across the globe at the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Summit in Geneva. He shared his journey as a movement builder and catalyzed the crowd with an opening performance and the debut of “Define My Path” from The Eleven EP.
The canvass is the planet, I could be the David
While Goliath is the giant, the source of all the pain n
I’m done with all the blamin, I name the chapter change
N dedicate remain ages to a brand of Troublemakin
Ahmen hit the stage at Frontiers of Social Innovation – presented by the Stanford Social Innovation Review – to open and close the event with rousing performances and deliver his keynote talk on “The Troublemaker Manifesto.” SSIR is one of the world’s authorities on the latest innovations in social impact, with countless gamechanging pieces that have influenced leaders like Ahmen throughout the years.
What works? Trust works!
We choose what? Love!
That was the call-and-response that reverberated throughout the Grand Hyatt in NYC as Ahmen hosted and performed at Synergos Institute’s David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award dinner, their premiere fundraising gala. Ahmen helped Synergos to raise 40% more money than the prior year, fueling their impact in some of the most disenfranchised communities across the globe.
Check out Ahmen’s powerful performance of Interstellar:
What happens when people are treated like numbers? This is the key question that was addressed through an authentic, sobering take on gentrification by Or Current Resident, a new off-Broadway play by Squeaky Bicycle Productions. Ahmen spoke at the event during a talkback discussion on issues facing disenfranchised communities in NYC and beyond. Here’s what the producers had to say:
“Ahmen is such an engaging and dynamic speaker that we were lucky to have for our talkback event. Covering topics of tremendous social weight such as gentrification, diversity and feeling disenfranchised, his message was motivational, thought provoking and behavior changing. With his personal insights, he connected with the audience and gave them plenty of material to digest and reflect on. It is evident with Ahmen that you are dealing with someone who works from the heart. His genuine approach and personal interaction are things we could all emulate. A rare find.”
Learn more about Or Current Resident: http://www.squeakybicycleproductions.com/2018/01/get-your-tickets-for-joan-bigwoods-or-current-resident-now-%F0%9F%98%83-%F0%9F%8E%87-%F0%9F%8E%89.html
Ahmen kicked off 2018 by joining The Mission Continues – one of the nation’s leading veteran’s services organizations – as the Northeast Executive Director. Learn more about The Mission Continues and Ahmen’s vision for the service movement: http://www.missioncontinuesblog.org/introducing-new-northeast-executive-director/
#ifc2017 starts with aplomb. Literally never seem a conference opening like it… -@RebeccaKCooney
Ahmen shook an international crowd of 1,000 in Amsterdam with performances and a talk that you’ll rarely find in conferences! His performances of OUR TIME and WE CHOOSE LOVE, plus a stirring call-to-act through “The Troublemaker Manifesto,” lifted changemakers from all corners of the globe. Watch his opening performance:
Ahmen rocked the mic to celebrate a group of women who truly embody the #Troublemaker spirit: The Women of Color LIT Network. They’re a movement of women leaders who are empowering women with the skills, support, and sense of purpose needed to shake the status quo. Dig into their #Troublemaker story: https://ahmen.us/dilim-dieke-dipabali-chowdhury/
Hear Ahmen’s performance and speech to the LIT Network on TIMEOUT: https://ahmen.us/ahmen-music/