Dec
24
2010

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Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the world.

Andy Amadi Okoroafor, founder of creative studio Clam, loves to use imagery in different ways, from fashion to film. Here, he reveals how shortwave radio influences his work – including his internationally successful Clam Magazine -- and his latest scheme to make social entrepreneurs sexy.

Stephanie: There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs out there who are trying to take their passion and ideas to the next level. What is one piece of advice you would give to them based on your own experiences and successes?

Andy: My advice for social entrepreneurs is to know that they are the most interesting thing happening in the world right now. They shouldn't be buried in their computers, you know? They are changing the world; they should also live in the world they are changing.

Social entrepreneurs are the most remarkable people right now on any level, whether in music, art, business … for me they are the coolest thing. But I think there's a reticence about expressing that you're doing good. It's hard to say "Hey, I've done this and that and I'm helping people build schools and hospitals." What’s cooler than that? Designing a new collection, a sofa, a car, a hotel, becoming the new Banksy? Nah, nothing comes close!

The world has made social entrepreneurs seem unimportant, but this is actually what is important right now. This is what young people want to be into. It's just the gates seem closed … you think you can’t make out in that crowd. That’s why something like TED becomes so important. It’s cool to be a TED Fellow. Social entrepreneurs should blow their own horn a bit more.

Read the rest of Andy's Fellows Friday interview here.

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