Building the United Nations with Grace Clapham and Solonia Teodros

In this episode I get to talk to two trailblazers who are taking unique approach when dealing with change, They come at it from a holistic point of view. With their multicultural background they have teamed up to form The Change School. The Change School aims to create a physical and intellectual space tailored to individuals in transition to align their passions with purpose for maximum impact.

Grace Clapham was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and has lived in Asia for nearly 20 years and spent majority of her primary and high school years in Singapore before moving to live in South America, Australia and London. Driven by purpose, passion and innovation, Grace considers herself a ‘Changepreneur’. 

She is Founder of Agent Grace a boutique marketing and business agency and Co-Founder Secret {W} Business, Connector at Plus Social Good, Co-Organiser of CreativeMornings SingaporeSheSays Singapore, Ambassador & Co-Curator of Deceler8 and a prior Lead Curator for TEDxSingapore Women 2010, 2012 and 2013. She is also a Mentor at Hub Singapore working with the young startups in Singapore. You can follow her on Twitter here or reach out to her on LinkedIn.

Solonia Teodros was born to Taiwanese and Ethiopian parents, with life chapters spanning the US and Asia so she considers herself a citizen of the world. From Boston to Taipei, New York to Singapore, she is ever-inspired by dynamic cities where culture, creativity and community meet, spawning innovations and movements that can truly change the world.

Fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese, Solonia has broken cultural barriers to overcome traditional notions of identity and place in the world. A true embracer of change, Solonia strives to gain deep human insights from her life journey, providing the impetus to create meaningful connections that bridge minds and worlds.

Through her advisory SolWorks, she helps socially-motivated businesses and individuals design, launch and amplify their new ventures. A passionate community curator, Solonia founded The Hawker Sessions in 2012 – a pop-up FUNdraiser series that brings together Singapore’s uniquely diverse society with an innovative approach to giving back. She also runs the DBS-Hub Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamps and previously launched the Singapore chapters of global initiatives such as The Worldwide Feast and Jane’s Walk. Follow her on Twitter here or LinkedIn.

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Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist for change-makers on a mission to use his difference to make a difference.  He is a 4x TEDx speaker, the CEO of UYD Management, and the host of the As Told by Nomads podcast. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory magazine. His book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

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