The concept of Independent Changemakers is new and may need some explanation. Actually, it's really simple: an independent Changemaker independently makes change where it is most needed: in poor, unhappy and environmentally fragile communities anywhere on our planet.
They are Changemakers because they often bring transformational change to a community, contributing their skills to local startup initiatives such as microlending groups, community centers, schools, ecotourism initiatives, sensitizing campaigns, or human rights activists.
They are Independent because they can take care of themselves and they can help out initiatives that are not well-managed -yet. That means they can have a true impact.
Independent Changemakers can exist because of our "flat" world, to use a term coined by Thomas Friedman: using websites like kindmankind.net (or better ones - any suggestions?) the chances that a skilled changemaker connects to a place where he can actually contribute that skill have exponentially increased.
The term Changemaker, by the way, was introduced by Ashoka, the well-known organisation for social entrepreneurs that also runs the website www.changemakers.com. They feature magical stories from all around the world, but their selection criteria are tough. Only the best of the best will be able to become Ashoka Changemakers.
However, we will not measure the quality of a changemaker and there will be no ratings for the members of kindmankind. Quality is measured through the reviews on the actual initiatives they have helped out. (Needless to say that abusers will be banned from this website for good)