Michael Wilson

Michael dreams of using technology and innovation to solve social challenges. An aspiring entrepreneur, Michael holds a strong belief in the power of social business and intelligent systems to effect significant social change. After witnessing stark social and economic divisions between his hometown and Appalachia, Michael dedicated his high school years to building bridges and fostering respectful communication across diverse communities. As an Elder in his Presbyterian Church, Michael made his mark by advocating for social justice in his community. Michael’s recent first international experience in Trinidad solidified his desire to learn firsthand from effective, community-based social entrepreneurs.

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Appropriate Transportation

How people move around is one of the most vital pieces of information that defines a community. I hadn’t thought about this before until I traveled through Arizona on a publicity excursion for an eye glasses campaign we will hold there on Saturday. Arizona is…

23 March, 2010

Weaving Co-Ops in Rural Guatemala

One of the most interesting aspects of my GCY experience is the opportunity to periodically shadow Yoli and Clara.  These resourceful Guatemalan women are two of the owners of SOLCOM, the small Guatemalan-owned social enterprise that turns a mild profit by delivering healthcare products to…

24 February, 2010

Transportes Rodriguez

Have you ever thought about where your water comes from and how many people are involved in bringing it to your faucet? Recently, out of curiosity, I headed off with Don Omar in his water truck. Don Omar is a pretty successful businessman in Santo…

26 January, 2010

Chuchos

I had a pretty exciting encounter with a chucho today. A chucho is a wild dog. So as I was panicking that I couldn’t find my phone, I walked down the street to Zuleika’s house (one of the other fellows who happens to be staying…

15 October, 2009

What the heck are you doing you crazy fool

Today we commuted entirely alone for the first time ever. Just the five fellows living in Santo Tomas Milpas Altas. The world didn’t seem to like that idea. Today Zuleika and I left the house twenty minutes late, knocked on Ian’s door to make sure…

13 October, 2009

The chicken bus has changed my life.

The chicken bus has changed my life. As you read this post, please keep in mind that on my commute home yesterday, I was carrying a bag of 12 eggs in my right hand. 3 of which were already broken. The “camionetas”, as they are…

12 October, 2009

Pasteles y trajes de baño

This morning I awoke gradually in utter darkness because there is no outside window in my hotel room. I woke thinking there was a frequently traversed railroad track behind the hotel, when in reality it was just cars on the cobblestone streets outside the hotel. Thus…

03 October, 2009

Oooh Baby baby it’s a wild world.

Oooh baby baby it’s a wild world. This famous Cat Stephens song, Wild World, unofficially became the GCY founding class theme song the other day after Marguerite requested it a million times over on every van ride. I don’t think any of us have been…

03 October, 2009

Dear family,

Dear Mom, Dad, Matt, and family, These last few days, weeks, and months of my time at home have really brought out the depth of our familial bonds and have served to emphasize the significance the last eighteen years has had on my life. The…

21 September, 2009

Smile in Every Picture

This expression “smile in every picture because that may be the only one people see” is one that came  to mind a few weeks ago as I was sitting in the staff room of a YMCA residential camp, a small room with two computers with…

10 August, 2009

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