Generation Less Global
Generation Less catalyzes a worldwide culture of wellness and sustainability by empowering communities to think locally and act globally.
Drone footage of Generation Less team members installing solar onto the roof of the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica. Photography by Matt Paul and Smriti Keshari.
Matt and Smriti have had their work featured in The New York Times, CNN, Patagonia, Netflix, National Geographic, and more.
Drone footage of a cargo ship transporting goods in the Caribbean. Photography by award-winning mentors Matt Paul and Smriti Keshari.
Drone footage of palm trees in Jamaica. Photography by Matt Paul and Smriti Keshari. This photograph was featured on Red Bull photography!
The Jamaica Solar Challenge 2018 was a competition asking Jamaican youth to design a communications project that shows their peers the benefits of renewable energy. With Generation Less, we plan to partner with Ministries of Education to create a global network of young people motivated to effect meaningful change.
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Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?
Eligibility: Date of Birth
January 27, 2004
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Tennessee: Millington (38053)
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Date You Started Your Project Started
November 7, 2018
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Start-Up (first few activities have happened)
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
In a world with rapidly growing populations, rising sea levels, and dwindling resources, building bridges between communities to make sure needs are met is more important than ever before. Our mission is to accelerate communities around the world towards sustainability leadership and catalyze the adoption of new practices. Our vision is a world empowered to take action through the dissemination of replicable ideas in wellness and sustainability.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
Our program champions innovative trailblazers and supports hands-on leadership to transform attitudes in a new era of sustainability. We collaborate to build effective partnerships between stakeholders from government, civil society, NGOs and the private sector. Using project-based-learning, we operate globally to share solutions and experiences across regions facing similar problems and provide innovative new approaches to creating change. This initiative champions the leadership of youth and women, as well as corporate and political entities as being integral for change. We empower young people to take action in their communities, ensure women are at the center of change, work with the private sector to create change in practices, and support governments to take bold action. Our target Sustainable Development Goals are SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG13: Climate Action; and SDG17: Partnership for the Goals. This is accomplished through four key programs: 1) Innovation Labs, 2) community engagement, 3) Renewables 4 Education, and 4) partnership with Solar Head of State.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
I decided to start this project because we're at a critical point in history. Now, more than ever, it's important to build bridges and break records - not only concerning human achievement, but in the way we care about our world and each other. We are all in this together. My cousin helped launch the Jamaica Solar Challenge, which was endorsed by the United Nations Development Program. I was inspired to bring the program to my school after seeing the way that delivering access to knowledge for all ages and empowering the next generation to take action can truly electrify a community. When young people look and see someone who looks like them taking action, that kind of lets them visualize their future and see what 's possible for them. So for that reason, I decided to "be the change" and start this project in my own community.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
Generation Less elevator pitch.
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
After one of our partner organizations, Solar Head of State, recently installed solar panels on the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, several exciting things happened that catalyzed the wider adoption of sustainable practices in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. In partnership with the country's Ministry of Education, we launched a challenge encouraging young people to create innovative ways to inspire their community to understand the benefits of sustainable development. People got creative! Submissions took a variety of forms, and were recorded, written, displayed, and performed. Participants were encouraged to consider sustainability practices of other islands in the Caribbean. The winner ended up writing and singing a catchy and informative song that was played on the radio and shared by the Prime Minister, who they got to meet at the awards ceremony for the competition.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
We offer high-level access, partnerships with governments and international organizations; media attention, delivering a strong story with high media presence; resource magnetism, with an attractive proposal to build partnerships and attract donations; a strong network, featuring connections across industries and regions; global reach, with the power to convene major players from across sectors; and a scalable model, with the creation of innovative and sustainable models to implement worldwide.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We are partnered with Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit organization that focuses on the installation of solar energy infrastructure to power prominent government buildings and promote renewable energy. In doing so, each country's leadership is given first-hand experience with the proven benefits of sustainable technologies. SHOS has a proven track record and has already completed similar projects in the Maldives (Official Presidential Residence), St. Lucia (public residence of the Governor-General), and Jamaica (Office of the Prime Minister). In each of our impact areas, we intend to launch a program that will connect citizens from those countries with other members of our global network. This will give students like me exposure to many cultures and ignite a fire to create meaningful change for us all.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
Our partners are actively engaged in the 5.8 Adventure Series and just signed agreements with the Pacific Islands Development Forum as well as the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to scale our project to dozens of new countries. Areas for future implementation include: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Island, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Pitcairn Islands, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Island, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands; Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada and Martinique.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations between $100-$1k
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?
Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
Communities of color
Religious minority (non-Christian)
How did you hear about this challenge?
Recommended by others
T-Mobile page or contact
Word of mouth
Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?
Nic Drake at T-Mobile, Charlie Engle at the 5.8 Global Adventure Series