Every year, I look forward to hearing about the names, motivations, struggles, and vision of the people on TIME's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. You don't have to agree with who they choose to appreciate the well-written profiles. I am drawn less to this list because of the "influence" TIME Magazine believes they have, but more for the depth and scope of their "impact" around the world. To put it another way, its about how they use their influence to make a long-lasting impact.
The list is always diverse and thought-provoking. Tech titan Mark Zuckerberg and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner are on the list, as are politicians Cory Booker and Gabrielle Giffords, performer Bruno Mars, educator Michelle Rhee, First Lady Michelle Obama, and al-Jazeera journalist Ayman Mohyeldin.
However, the first person profiled is perhaps one of the most inspiring of the 100. I'm referring to Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who helped power the Egyptian uprising, resulting in the removal of Hosni Mubarak. This young executive, and other social media savvy Egyptians, used sites like Facebook and Twitter to evolve ideas about democracy, and to mobilize others for mass demonstrations. Powerful stuff.
Check out his great one minute and forty-second video.