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Thursday, May 30
 

7:30am

Registration & Breakfast

Doors open at 7:30am for Registration and Breakfast.


Thursday May 30, 2013 7:30am - 8:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

8:30am

Opening Plenary: A World Defined by Change

A World Defined by Change – It used to be that if you mastered a body of rules, you could apply the rules and be a productive person.  But that doesn’t work anymore. Rules work less and less in a world defined by change. Those who do not know how to adapt to change or anticipate it will inevitably be marginalized. How must we reorganize our institutions and what new skills must we master to ensure we are best positioned to innovate solutions in a world where value comes from change?


Featured Contributors
avatar for Elizabeth Christopherson

Elizabeth Christopherson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita Allen Foundation
Elizabeth Good Christopherson is President, CEO and Director at the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. She is guiding the foundation through a period of rapid expansion and an entrance into new funding areas, including civic literacy and engagement, community building, and leadership in science and... Read More →
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Jeff Coates

Strategic Initiatives Associate, Knight Foundation
@jeffreycoates | Jeffrey Coates, Strategic Initiatives Associate – Jeff previously worked with the Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership, where he collaborated with more than 50 nonprofits to develop strategic plans for long-term recovery. Before that, he was a supervisor with the American Red Cross' Hurricane Recovery Program in New Orleans. He also co-founded the Recovery Action Learning Laboratory (RALLY) Foundation, a... Read More →
avatar for Eric Dawson

Eric Dawson

President & Co-Founder, Peace First
Mr. Dawson has been with Peace First since its inception as a student-run program at Harvard University. Mr. Dawson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Youth Service America’s Fund for Social Entrepreneurs, the Echoing Green Fellowship for Public Service, the Ashoka Fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs, and Pop!Tech’s Social Innovation Fellowship. Mr. Dawson is a resident of Dorchester, MA.
avatar for Bill Drayton

Bill Drayton

CEO and Chair, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Mr. Drayton is the Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!, and previously served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency... Read More →
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Talia Leman

CEO & Founder, RandomKid
Talia is in the business of bringing people together. Talia understood the power of numbers after her first foray into philanthropy. By rallying youth from 4,000 United States school districts through her networking, Talia unified their fundraising efforts and managed to raise considerable funds for the Katrina/Rita Hurricane relief. Riding the momentum of this successful endeavor, Talia founded her non-profit organization RandomKid, which brings... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Coffee Break
Thursday May 30, 2013 10:00am - 10:15am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:15am

Channeling Growth: Pathways to Impact

What does it take to transform a system, to establish a new norm? Let’s hear from entrepreneurs how they create demand for game-changing ideas and deploy strategies that range from geographic expansion to new cities, to grafting principles into existing networks, to creating a mindset shift about the nature of the problem and the role of changemakers in addressing it. We’ll explore how expectations of scaling a program or institution may slow game-changing impact, and brainstorm how we can more efficiently and imaginatively dot-connect to support big impact through a team of teams approach.


Featured Contributors
avatar for Andrew Benedict-Nelson

Andrew Benedict-Nelson

Director, Insight Labs
Andrew Benedict-Nelson is a director at Insight Labs, a humanitarian foundation that convenes the smartest, most influential people to tackle the world’s toughest problems. A writer and editor, his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Review, Bookmarks, Another Chicago Magazine, and other venues. He holds a Master of Arts degree in the History of Medicine from The Johns Hopkins... Read More →
avatar for Gerald Chertavian

Gerald Chertavian

Founder & CEO, Year Up
Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000. An intensive one-year training and education program that serves low income youth ages 18-24, Year Up provides the technical, professional and communication skills needed to empower urban young... Read More →
avatar for Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty

President, Community Solutions
Rosanne Haggerty is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. She has more than 20 years of experience developing permanent supportive housing and advising communities in the U.S. and around the world on their efforts to end homelessness. She is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an Ashoka Senior Fellow and a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover.
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Paul O'Hara

Director, Ashoka Ireland
Paul is director of Ashoka Europe, founder of Change Nation & ChangeX. Ashoka Europe has invested over $50M building the field of social entrepreneurship, backing 370 innovators across the continent, and cultivating a culture of changemaking in Europe. Change Nation accelerates the spread of proven solutions to societies challenges by building local demand. In Ireland, Change Nation has launched 23 solutions from across the world to date... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 702 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:15am

Creating the New Business-Social Ecosystem

What would a world look like without any walls between the business and social sector? How are social entrepreneurs already engaged in building this new world? What are the opportunities and challenges they see? This panel will bring together three social entrepreneurs advancing change beyond the scope of a social enterprise or a citizen sector organization. These Ashoka Fellows are transforming industries by re-envisioning value creation and enabling entire new eco-systems. They are not just building partnerships across society but creating teams of teams committed to a shared vision for advancing change at significant scale. Building from their examples and on-the ground experiences, we will engage the audience in a dialogue about the future of business/social congruence. Is it really possible? Why does it make sense? What do we need to start doing today to build this new future?


Featured Contributors
avatar for Valeria Budinich

Valeria Budinich

Founder and CEO of Full Economic Citizenship, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Valeria is a social entrepreneur who has worked for 25 years in the creation and expansion of new businesses with social impact in 22 countries worldwide. At Ashoka in 2003, Valeria founded the Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Initiative, a global initiative enabling large commercial alliances between social entrepreneurs and private companies to deliver products and services to small producers and low-income families through the articulation of... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Friend

Stephen Friend

President, Sage Bionetworks
Dr. Friend is the President of Sage Bionetworks, a non-profit organization dedicated to redefining biomedical research through open systems, incentives and norms.  He is an authority in the field of cancer biology and a pioneer in the field of the genetics of gene expression integrating system biology approaches to complex diseases.  Under his leadership, Sage Bionetworks develops technology platforms for data-intensive analysis... Read More →
avatar for Scott Gilmore

Scott Gilmore

CEO & Founder, Building Markets
Scott Gilmore is the founder and CEO of Building Markets, a social enterprise that helps create jobs and reduce poverty by connecting local entrepreneurs to global markets. Under his leadership, that organization pioneered new models for creating shared value, and helped broker over $1.2 billion in contracts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor Leste and Liberia, creating 70,000 local jobs in the process. Recently, Scott launched a new enterprise, Anchor... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Rycroft

Nicole Rycroft

Executive Dorector, Canopy
Nicole leads the strategic direction of Canopy and ensures the organization advances its mission with maximum efficiency and effect. Fueled by a deep commitment to social justice and a passion for wild places, Nicole strives for the creation of a compassionate society where our natural world is respected and valued beyond its resource values. A firm believer that we could be doing things in a better way, Nicole is committed to ensuring that the... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:15am

From Nice-to-Have to Must-Have: Creating the Schools of Tomorrow Today

When it comes to education in the US, we’re suffering from a crisis of imagination: We’ve gotten so caught up in fights over standards, teacher strikes, and [insert fearsome headline here] that we’ve forgotten to ask the most basic of questions: “what do our kids need to succeed?” Fortunately, hundreds of schools and Fellow organizations across the country are pioneering a different way forward: one that places empathy as a core input and outcome of the learning environment. Together, we’ll take a close look at what true “changemaking education” looks like, and what it takes to advance not a program, but an idea. Finally, we’ll examine what we can do, collectively, to unleash action, ensuring that today’s most innovative learning environments—those that intentionally cultivate empathy, leadership, and teamwork—are made the rule, rather than the exception.

 


Featured Contributors
avatar for Katherine Clunis D'Andrea

Katherine Clunis D'Andrea

Teacher, Mission Hill School/ University of Massachusetts Boston 
Kathy Clunis D'Andrea teaches four, five, and six year-olds at the Mission Hill School and is an adjunct professor at The University of Massachusetts Boston. A passionate schoolyard ecologist and environmental activist, Kathy has spent the past several years working with scientists and educators to help children and teachers deepen their understanding of science. She is also a self-proclaimed “Playist”, advocating for play-based... Read More →
avatar for Eric Dawson

Eric Dawson

President & Co-Founder, Peace First
Mr. Dawson has been with Peace First since its inception as a student-run program at Harvard University. Mr. Dawson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Youth Service America’s Fund for Social Entrepreneurs, the Echoing Green Fellowship for Public Service, the Ashoka Fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs, and Pop!Tech’s Social Innovation Fellowship. Mr. Dawson is a resident of Dorchester, MA.
avatar for Sarah Hemminger

Sarah Hemminger

Chief Executive Officer, Incentive Mentoring Program
Sarah Hemminger co-founded the Incentive Mentoring Program with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has nine years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models that build non-traditional, intentional families to radically reconfigure an adolescent’s social support structure. Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:15am

Opening Your City

Over the past 20 years, America has seen rapid demographic changes. Although most Americans identify their country as a nation of immigrants, many are anxious about the changes they’re seeing in their communities. But our country has a rich history of communities moving out of poverty using personal initiative, shared capital, and families helping one another. It took a sense of community. Our communities are strongest when everyone in them feels welcome. Today, we must build dialogue and mutual respect among community members in order to foster supportive, welcoming atmospheres for all Americans. Opening Your City will explore experiences and actions that help create this necessary social attachment and openness.


Featured Contributors
avatar for David Lubell

David Lubell

Executive Director/ Founder, Welcoming America
@WelcomingUSA | David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009. Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative working to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. Welcoming America is currently supporting initiatives in 20 states, and is the only... Read More →
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Maurice Lim Miller

President/CEO, Family Independence Initiative
Maurice Lim Miller is an anti-poverty social innovator who, as Founder and CEO of the Family Independence Initiative (FII), offers a new effective approach for families, funders, and policy makers to break the cycle of poverty. Mr. Miller was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions, 2010 and was recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House Social Innovation Fund event, 2010. He was also... Read More →
avatar for Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation's leading pro-immigrant advocacy organizations. The mission of the Forum is to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. Under Noorani’s leadership since May 2008, the Forum is a powerful and key advocate on a range of immigration issues, working closely with business, law enforcement, faith and civic leadership across the... Read More →
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Ai-jen Poo

Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
@aijenpoo | Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on... Read More →



Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

10:15am

The Revolution Will be Quantified?

With technology becoming ubiquitous and cheaper, data is increasingly turning into a commodity. The business sector is the furthest along in understanding how to build economies of scale, and sometimes entirely new markets, through the use of both big and small data– i.e. targeted/behavioral advertising, Mint.com, etc. In the citizen sector, we are also seeing an increasing amount of entrepreneurs harnessing the power of data for social impact. This is true as much in the field of education (Beyond12, Peer to Peer University, Knewton), as in urban planning & civic engagement (Code for America, Turbo Vote), scientific research & healthcare (MedicMobile, Patients Like Me), and asset-building (Mission Asset Fund, Puddle.io). While the benefits of aggregating data cheaply and effectively are now becoming obvious, we have a responsibility to ask tough questions about the potential shortcomings of – and remedies against – relying too heavily on data to inform our decisions.


Featured Contributors
avatar for Alexandra Bernadotte

Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
@abernadotte | Alex Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. She has more than 15 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner... Read More →
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John Bracken

Director, Journalism & Media Innovation , Knight Foundation 
John S. Bracken is director of media innovation for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s prototype fund, its journalism and technology investments. Bracken has over 10 years experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy, innovation and global internet freedom, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Bracken is a frequent presenter at media and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Edmondson

Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders... Read More →
avatar for Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
@saschameinrath | Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars... Read More →
avatar for John Wilbanks

John Wilbanks

Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks
@wilbanks | John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He has worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and Creative Commons. John is a past affiliate of MIT’s Project on Mathematics and Computation and also started a bioinformatics company called... Read More →



Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: Rita Allen Foundation

11:15am

Coffee Break
Thursday May 30, 2013 11:15am - 11:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

11:30am

Acting on Empathy: Today’s Most Seasoned Leaders & Entrepreneurs on How They Do What They Do

Through a series of quick, TED-style talks, we’ll examine the many ways in which empathy is reshaping society, and what it takes to cultivate it. We’ll learn about the keys to movement-building in the digital age and how to activate kids to become the heroes they read about, and hear from a university President out to change the way business schools and companies see their role. We’ll explore what it takes to change an entire industry, by giving voice and a platform to consumers and building demand for a new kind of market, and examine the implications of one woman’s work to turn one-time drug dealers and gang leaders into entrepreneurs, and to drop society’s most unforgiving labels. And much more.


Featured Contributors
avatar for Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera

President, George Mason University
@CabreraAngel | Dr. Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University effective July 2012. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in more than 200 academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides its 33,000 students from 136 countries access to diverse cultural experiences and some of the most sought-after faculty, internships, and employers in... Read More →
avatar for Aleta Margolis

Aleta Margolis

Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching
Aleta Margolis is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Inspired Teaching, an organization working to transform education through innovative teacher training. Inspired Teaching is building a better school experience for children by helping teachers move from information providers to Instigators of Thought, classroom leaders who empower students to learn not just what to think, but how to think. Aleta previously served as a professor of... Read More →
avatar for Michael Marriner

Michael Marriner

Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation
Upon graduation Mike hit the road with two college friends in an old RV to interview leaders across America and learn how they got to where they are today. That roadtrip later turned into the book, Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Road in Life. Following the book launch, Mike cofounded Roadtrip Nation to offer other students that same experiential learning opportunity. The independent organization produces a variety of annual... Read More →
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Catherine Rohr

Founder and CEO, Defy Ventures
Catherine Rohr started Defy two years ago after founding and leading the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a nonprofit organization that serves men throughout the Texas prison system. Under Catherine’s leadership, PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results, including 600 graduates, a return-to-prison rate of less than 5% (compared to the national average of 50%), and an employment rate of 98%. In her six-year career in... Read More →
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Andrew Slack

Executive Director, The Harry Potter Alliance
Andrew Slack grew disenchanted when he discovered that he could draw 1,000 students with a comedy show while a human rights group on the same campus would be lucky to get 5. The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) was his first step in harnessing the energy of popular culture toward civic engagement and social activism. Under Andrew’s leadership, the HPA has inspired a network of over 1 million fans and 130 chapters. GOOD Magazine recently named... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

11:30am

Building the Workforce of the 21st Century

This session at the Ashoka Future Forum will bring together leading social entrepreneurs and business innovators who are developing new ways to prepare workers for the 21st Century.  We will hash through innovative workforce development programs and debate how to scale them and how to ensure they are meeting the needs of employers.  Through this process, the social innovators and leading employers will determine where and how to invest resources and time into the most promising opportunities for bringing workers up to the level of professional knowledge and changemaker skills needed for succeeding in a 21st Century economy that is defined by change.


Featured Contributors
avatar for Rafael Alvarez

Rafael Alvarez

Founder & CEO, Genesys Works
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs, Rafael Alvarez is founder and CEO of Genesys Works. Established in 2002, Genesys Works is a non-profit corporation that changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged high school students, from one destined to a lifetime of low wage, dead-end jobs, to one in which they will fully participate in the economic mainstream. The way the organization accomplishes... Read More →
avatar for David Castro

David Castro

President and CEO, I-LEAD, Inc.
@thedavidcastro | | Ashoka Fellow David Castro founded the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement & Development (I-LEAD) to help challenged communities realize their full potential by identifying grassroots leaders and preparing them to be agents of change. Castro’s overarching goal is to expand post-secondary educational opportunities to low-income communities. Castro created I-LEAD to serve community-based leaders... Read More →
avatar for Dana Mortenson

Dana Mortenson

Co-Founder & Executive Director, World Savvy
@DLCMSavvy | Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion –reaching more than... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Potter

Stephanie Potter

Director of University and Corporate Partnerships, Ashoka's Youth Venture
As Director of University and Corporate Partnerships at Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Stephanie manages the organization’s outreach and impact in the higher education realm and supports global corporate partnerships and engagement. She previously worked in venture philanthropy in the Bay Area at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund where she helped manage the transition from a donor-advised fund into an independent 501c3 organization, focused... Read More →
avatar for Gretchen Zucker

Gretchen Zucker

Executive Director, Ashoka's Youth Venture
Gretchen leads Ashoka’s Youth Venture®, a global organization that cultivates the changemaker talent needed for the success of all parts of society. She began her career in the Africa Bureau of USAID, then worked for the Ethiopian government as the information officer in its Washington embassy and in the Ethiopian Investment Authority, based in Addis Ababa. Gretchen helped launch the US office of the Tigray Development Association... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

11:30am

Creating Your City

Aesthetics include the design, layout, and description of a city, as well as the overall feel of the place and the way we interact with others. Aesthetics provide the fabric of our cities, making them desirable places to live or not. We seek to create places that are functional and productive along with being attractive, relaxing, and reflective of a city’s history and culture. But we often settle for short-term solutions that don’t improve the beauty and efficiency of a space. We are capable of much more elegant and forward-thinking environmental and design responses than the ones we’ve settled for in our cities in the last half-century. Every element in a design communicates something, and it’s time we made each decision count. Creating Your City will focus on challenges facing urbanization and the value of meaningful aesthetics in our built and natural environments.

 


Featured Contributors
avatar for Stuart Cohen

Stuart Cohen

Executive Director, TransForm
@TransForm_Alert | Stuart Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of TransForm. By combining high-quality policy analysis with coalition building and strategic media efforts, TransForm has become a powerful and effective voice for world class transit and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 1997, TransForm now has 30 staff with offices in Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento.TransForm's campaigns on transportation sales... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Koch

Leslie Koch

President, The Trust for Governors Island
Leslie Koch is the president of The Trust for Governors Island. Governors Island is a 172 acre island in New York Harbor. Ms. Koch is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and on-going operation of the 150 acres of the Island owned by The Trust. Under her leadership since 2006, Governors Island has been transformed from an abandoned military base into a vibrant public space, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and a diverse array... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Latorre

Daniel Latorre

Senior Fellow, Digital Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces 
Daniel is tech for engagement product & campaign consultant. He is a Senior Fellow for Digital Placemaking, a program for bottom-up human-centered civic engagement media he started at Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people build stronger communities. With 15 years of professional experience at Razorfish, Rockstar Games, Funny Garbage and other companies his current... Read More →
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Jason McLennan

CEO, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world.McLennan serves as the CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading... Read More →



Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

11:30am

From Shareholder to Stakeholder: Creating the Corporation of Tomorrow

There's no doubt that businesses will play a major role in shaping our economic and social futures. The real question is: what role? Are philanthropy and corporate social responsibility enough? Join us for a discussion with a number of Certified B Corporations that are committing to more. B Corps voluntarily meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, and together are driving systemic change so business creates value for society, not just shareholders. Help us explore what it means to redefine success in business, as well as the role social entrepreneurs can play in doing so.

 


Featured Contributors
avatar for Michael Brady

Michael Brady

CEO, Greyston Bakery
Mike Brady, President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, is building on the Bakery’s thirty year heritage as a model for social enterprise.  Under Mike’s leadership, Greyston Bakery became the first Benefit Corporation in New York State by running a profitable business employing the most economically disadvantages residents of the community.   Bakery profits support the community service programs of Greyston Foundation in a... Read More →
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Michael Elsas

President, Cooperative Home Care Associates
Michael Elsas is President of Cooperative Home Care Associates, a licensed home health care agency located in the South Bronx.  With over 2000 paraprofessional workers and an administrative staff of nearly 100, Cooperative Home Care Associates has been nationally recognized for its unique worker centered philosophy which links quality jobs to quality home care services.  Prior to joining Cooperative Home Care Associates in 2000, Mr... Read More →
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Grant Garrison

Director, GOOD/CORPS
Grant Garrison is a Co-Founder and Director at GOOD/Corps, GOOD's social innovation consultancy. Drawing upon experience in philanthropy, community organizing, the nonprofit sector, movement-building, marketing and social innovation, Grant helps client "intrapreneurs" across sectors identify opportunities for transformational leadership that leverage core competencies. Together with the multi-disciplinary team at GOOD/Corps, Grant develops... Read More →
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Jay Coen Gilbert

Co-Founder, B-Lab
Jay is a co-founder of B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab’s primary initiatives are: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) increasing adoption of a rating system to drive institutional investment to high impact global... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 702 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

11:30am

Storytelling for Movement Building

We have begun to take control of own narratives, telling our stories using whatever tool and digital means is available to us. We have not only begun to tell our stories, but we’ve connected them to others’ stories being told simultaneously around the world. That act of storytelling interconnects us – creating an imaginary and real social fabric. The storyteller becomes a diplomat, a trickster, an opportunity creator, an entrepreneur, a node for change. How do we tell our stories? How do we help others tell their stories? How do we create opportunities by telling these stories both for ourselves and others? When does our personal story shift from “me” to “us”? How do we make these shifts? How do we inspire action and empower others to tell their story? How does information and technology help us do that? What are the emerging trends in storytelling that can help us become changemakers both online and offline.

 


Featured Contributors
avatar for Kara Andrade

Kara Andrade

Co-Founder, HablaCentro
@newmaya | Kara Andrade is an Ashoka Fellow working in Central America coordinating HablaCentro, LLC and Not for Profit. The nonprofit develops curriculum, tools and strategies to help people in Latin America become more digitally literate and civically engaged; conducts trainings in the use of digital tools to create more informed citizens; and connects collaborators to opportunities so they can sustain themselves economically through... Read More →
avatar for Emily Jacobi

Emily Jacobi

Founder/Executive Director, Digital Democracy
Emily Jacobi is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Digital Democracy, a New York-based nonprofit that works globally to empower marginalized communities to harness technology to fight for their human rights. Beginning her career as a youth journalist, at the age of 13 Emily reported from Havana, Cuba on the lives of young Cubans during the Troubled Period. She has since worked with marginalized communities including migrant workers, women's... Read More →
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Paul Rieckhoff

Founder and CEO, IAVA
@paulrieckhoff | Paul Rieckhoff is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), America’s first and largest organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. A nonpartisan, non-profit founded in 2004 with over 200,000 members and supporters in all 50 states, IAVA’s mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families in four critical impact areas: health... Read More →
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Peter Rohloff

Medical Director, Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance
Peter is the Medical Director of Maya Health Alliance and Faculty Member in Global Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He develops rural health systems in Guatemala and advocates for the rights of indigenous populations to access health care in a way that is culturally appropriate and in their own languages.
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Alisa Del Tufo

Founder, CEO, Threshold Collaborative
My career has been dedicated to making impact at the nexus of practice and policy; individual and community change; intellectual pursuit and activism in pursuit of ending violence in the lives of women and girls and other deep social challenges. Raising over 80 million dollars, I have founded three game changing organizations: Sanctuary for Families, CONNECT and Threshold Collaborative, www.thresholdcollaborative.org. Threshold’s work... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

12:30pm

Lunch
Thursday May 30, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

1:45pm

Catalyzing the Change Leader in Everyone

When we think about people leading social change, we rarely think about truckers. Yet Kendis Paris sees truckers as powerful change agents to abolish human trafficking. Social change leaders increasingly recognize that supporting others to lead change is not a dimension of their work, but IS the work. All the problems we tackle are so immense, so complex and ever-changing that the only way we can create the impact we want is by enabling others to find the change leader inside themselves. Ashoka senior advisor Jan Visick leads a discussion with Kendis and former 2008 Obama for America COO and Ashoka executive team member Henry De Sio to explore these questions: How do we enable people to give themselves permission to lead change? How do we sit on our own hands enough to allow others to lead? What environments and organizational structures enable people as change leaders?


Featured Contributors
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Kendis Paris

Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking
Kendis Paris is the executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. She’s been involved in fighting human trafficking since 2008, when, as one of her initial efforts, she co-coordinated a national Human Trafficking Awareness Conference in Denver, Colorado. Recently, she... Read More →
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Henry De Sio

Leadership Group, Ashoka
Henry De Sio served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and he was the 2008 Chief Operating Officer at Obama for America.  As a member of Ashoka's executive team, Henry is pioneering our framework change efforts aimed at facilitating the global societal shift to Everyone A Changemaker ­ with a specific emphasis on preparing our youth to step confidently as innovators and leaders into today¹s fast-changing world. ... Read More →
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Jan Visick

Senior Advisor, Ashoka
Jan Visick is a free-lance editor whose projects have included a book on the conservation of trees, primary research on early American polygamists, the memoir of an aging master wood craftsman, and Ashoka’s publications of its Fellows’ profiles. She has also done research and interviews for documentary film producers and was part of a small team that developed treatments for PBS for a series on America’s women. Jan has worked... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

1:45pm

Engaging Your City

In a culture that increasingly relies on the digital arena to provide the platform for connections, there remains a persistent public desire to organize, gather, share, and be entertained in the physical realm. People are drawn to social interaction in spaces that promote happiness, health, inspiration, and community. This suggests that the design of public spaces where we gather influences how we relate to one another. Place-based projects are as much about the people involved as the built environment. Engaging Your City will highlight innovative strategies and projects from throughout the country and the unique ways in which they have engaged community members in their solutions.


Featured Contributors
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Naja Bland

Nurse Aide, Genesis Healthcare
Naja Bland is a New York native. Naja currently resides in Philadelhpia where she is finishing prerequisites to enter a registered nurse program and serves as the vice president of the Young Leaders Council.
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Seth Flaxman

Executive Director, TurboVote
Seth co-founded TurboVote while receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he founded CFR's annual capture the flag game), a program administrator at the Institute for International Education, and a berktern at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While earning a BA in economics at Columbia University, Seth... Read More →
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Eric Gordon

Director & Associate Professor, Engagement Game Lab
Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the director of the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College, where he is an associate professor. He is the co-author of the book Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World and the author of The Urban Spectator: American... Read More →
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Jamie Hand

Design Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Jamie Hand is a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the agency’s Our Town grant program – launched in 2011 to support creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities across the country – as well as the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design leadership initiatives. She brings to the Endowment diverse... Read More →
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Ben Hecht

CEO, Living Cities
Mr. Hecht has been the President & CEO of Living Cities since July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and... Read More →
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Eric Weiner

Author
Philosophical Traveler. Recovering malcontent. Curiosity hound. Author of The Geography of Bliss and Man Seeks God. Working on book about the connection between place and creativity.


Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

1:45pm

Health for All as a New Norm

How do we flip current approaches and usher in new norms of health, vitality, and access to care when care is needed? We’ll hear from social entrepreneurs and corporate and foundation partners about how they are pushing past systemic barriers such as information asymmetry, lack of social contract for access, misaligned incentives, and the mindset of “health care is sick care” that undergirds our current system. Set against overarching trends, solutions are shared in a staccato, round-robin format.


Featured Contributors
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Sanjeev Arora

Director, Project ECHO
Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACGBiosketch Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACG, is the Director of Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). He is a tenured Professor of Medicine, in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC). He has been involved in management of viral hepatitis for over 15 years, and led the development and implementation of the Hepatitis C Disease Management... Read More →
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Nancy Barrand

Senior Advisor for Program Development, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Nancy Barrand is a Senior Advisor on Program Development at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since starting with RWJF in 1986, she has worked on a range of programming concerning health care policy research and financing, supportive housing for the chronically homeless, integrating community and correctional health care, long term care, and rural health care. As a member of the foundation’s Vulnerable Populations Portfolio, she has... Read More →
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Alexa Beavers

Global Project Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim
@awbeavers | Alexa Beavers is Global Project Manager for Making More Health and Associate Director, Value Chain, at Boehringer Ingelheim, a multinational privately owned pharmaceutical company. Her career spans public and private sectors, and includes leadership in pharmaceutical, financial services, Fortune 500 and public education environments. Alexa is a natural leader who builds relationships easily and adeptly learns the businesses she... Read More →
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Asher Hasan

Founder/CEO, Naya Jeevan
Dr. Asher Hasan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAYA JEEVAN (‘new life’ in Urdu/Hindi; http://www.njfk.org) a social enterprise dedicated to providing low-income families in the emerging world with affordable access to high quality, healthcare. NAYA JEEVAN’s operations are currently focused on Pakistan with plans to replicate this model in India and other emerging markets. Asher was most recently selected to join... Read More →
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Louise Langheier

CEO, Co-Founder, Peer Health Exchange
Louise serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Since 2003, PHE has trained 5,000 college student volunteers to reach 57,000 high school students across five... Read More →
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Michel Nischan

President/CEO, Founder, Wholesome Wave
@michelnischan | As the son of displaced farmers, Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President of Wholesome Wave, grew up with a great appreciation for local agriculture and those who work the land. He translated these childhood values into a career as a James Beard Award-winning chef, author and restaurateur, becoming a catalyst for change in the sustainable food movement. A lifetime Ashoka Fellow, Michel serves on the Board of Trustees for... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

1:45pm

Legal Innovations in Social Entrepreneurship: Law as a Proactive Strategy to Achieve Social Change

Social entrepreneurs often do not fit neatly within the traditional nonprofit or for-profit legal categories. Instead they primarily focus on mission and may require different forms of capital. This means the law must catch up to reflect this growing trend. In the past few years, we’ve seen various legal innovations such as the creation of alternative for-profit legal structures to distinguish socially-responsible businesses (in addition to B Corp certification for existing businesses). Social entrepreneurs are also increasingly interested in accessing capital through crowdfunding, which soon will include the possibility of receiving equity contributions from the public. Come hear from Ashoka Fellows, Rafael Alvarez who helped others replicate his non-profit “subsidiary” model to scale his organization, and Sasa Vucinic who plans to launch IndieVoices, a crowdfunding platform to direct patient capital to independent media projects around the world. The session panelists will also engage in a provocative discussion regarding the future of social enterprise law, how social entrepreneurs can best utilize their lawyer as a co-creator, and the limits of pro bono legal services.


Featured Contributors
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Rafael Alvarez

Founder & CEO, Genesys Works
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs, Rafael Alvarez is founder and CEO of Genesys Works. Established in 2002, Genesys Works is a non-profit corporation that changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged high school students, from one destined to a lifetime of low wage, dead-end jobs, to one in which they will fully participate in the economic mainstream. The way the organization accomplishes... Read More →
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Chloe Holderness

Managing Director, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
As the Managing Director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, Chloe Holderness has spent the last six years mobilizing and engaging the global legal profession to support and empower social entrepreneurs with access to the pro bono legal support they need to bring about high impact and sustainable social change. See www.lexmundiprobono.org and www.lawforchange.org. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Holderness worked in the legal, finance and... Read More →
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Henry Kahn

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
I am a practicing corporate and securities regulatory lawyer, and have done this for 32+ years. I particulalry like to delve into tricky governance issues, both those that affect my client's abilities to pursue and achieve their strategic objectives, and even more so those that impeded non-profits with whom I am involved achieve their mission and enhance their organizaitonal sustainability. In some instances, it is necessary to be a disrutpor... Read More →
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Jonathan Ng

Global Legal Director, Ashoka
Jonathan oversees Ashoka’s in-house legal matters for its global headquarters. He manages Ashoka’s relationships with its pro bono legal counsel, which includes some of the leading global law firms. He also coordinates with Ashoka’s 33 country offices on matters related to corporate structuring, governance and compliance. Ashoka believes it is uniquely situated to be a leader in developing the emerging area of law and social... Read More →
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Alicia Plerhoples

Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Alicia Plerhoples is Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2012, having previously taught at Stanford Law School and University of California Hastings College of the Law. She has been active in the local and national social enterprise movement, often speaking about laws that best facilitate the work of social entrepreneurs. Prior to teaching, Professor... Read More →
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Andrea Schwartzman

Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Andrea Schwartzman advises fund sponsors on the organization and operation of a wide range of private investment funds, including US and global buyout funds, infrastructure funds, power and energy funds, credit opportunity and other debt funds, co-investment funds, real estate funds, venture and growth capital funds, and funds-of-funds.


Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

1:45pm

Measuring What Matters

All too often, we have seen that in the absence of effective assessment tools, we revert to measuring what is easy rather than what is important. Together, weʼll look at how a wide range of social entrepreneurs, educators, and business leaders have chosen to measure key 21st century competencies, and how that data can be used to inform measurable growth plans: for kids, for teachers, for staff, and for ourselves.


Featured Contributors
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Emily Bazelon

Senior Editor, Slate
Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She is also a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is a frequent guest on the Colbert Report. Before joining Slate, Bazelon was a Soros media fellow. She worked as an editor and writer at... Read More →
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Sam Chaltain

Chief Troubadour, samchaltain.com 
Sam Chaltain is a DC-based writer and education advocate. The author or co-author of six books, Sam covers the changing nature of American public education for CNN, Huffington Post and Education Week, and on his own site, samchaltain.com.
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Scott Hartl

President & CEO, Expeditionary Learning
Scott Hartl is President/ CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL). EL partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools, pre-K-12, in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. EL’s model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater school engagement. EL is developing the state-wide Common... Read More →
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Ellen Moir

CEO, New Teacher Center
Ellen Moir is Chief Executive Officer of the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for our nation’s newest teachers and for the students they teach.Ellen founded NTC in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience. NTC strengthens school... Read More →
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Mike O'Brien

CEO, iMentor
@MOB00 | Mike O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer of iMentor. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor partners with high schools and provides every student in the school with a mentor. Students and mentors work one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

2:45pm

Coffee Break
Thursday May 30, 2013 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

3:00pm

MothSHOP Storytelling Workshop

Work with the acclaimed not-for-profit The Moth to shape your personal story of what makes you a social entrepreneur. In this workshop we will teach and apply the Seven Principles of Moth Storytelling which have been developed through work with thousands of Moth storytellers from well-known writers, musicians, filmmakers and performers, such as Ethan Hawke, Frank McCourt, Malcolm Gladwell, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Moby, Anna Deavere Smith, Gabriel Byrne, Mira Nair, Lili Taylor, Kyle MacLachlan and Rev Al Sharpton to a man exonerated after 19 years of imprisonment, a NYC cop, a reformed pickpocket, an astronaut who commanded the first shuttle mission after the loss of Challenger, an umpire, and a voodoo priestess. The workshop will include an opening presentation, small group work and a final presentation of select stories. The Moth comes to the Ashoka Future Forum via Jake Shapiro, Ashoka Fellow and CEO of PRX Public Radio Exchange, who present The Moth’s Peabody Award Winning Moth Radio Hour (http://themoth.org/radio) on over 250 radio stations across the country.


Featured Contributors
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Bonnie Levison

Storytelling Instructor, The Moth
Bonnie Levison is a Storytelling Instructor with The Moth. Bonnie has worked as a marketing executive at Young & Rubicam and NBC. She co-founded The Nantucket Comedy Festival in 2008 and produces a variety of comedy shows.
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Terence Mickey

Lead Trainer, The Moth
Terence Mickey helps individuals and organizations excavate, craft and share their stories by developing and leading storytelling trainings for leadership development, strategic fundraising, employee engagement and sales presentations.
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Larry Rosen

Community Education Manager, The Moth
Larry Rosen is Community Education Manager at The Moth.
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Kate Tellers

Senior Producer, Corporate Programs, The Moth
Kate Tellers has been a member of The Moth staff since 2008. As the Senior Producer, Corporate Programs she develops and leads customized training and events that utilize the craft of storytelling as a practical business solution. She is also a member of The Moth's Creative Team and a host of The Moth's StorySLAMs.  


Thursday May 30, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: The Rita Allen Foundation

3:00pm

Open Space

We will use open space as a way to self-organize our own mini-conference tracks. We will rely on participation by people who have a passion for the topics to be discussed. There is no preplanned list of topics, only time slots and a space where interested participants propose topics and pick time slots. If you would like to organize a group during this time, please use the designated area in the Networking Lounge to post your topic and allow people to sign up (source: http://www.mindviewinc.com/Conferences/OpenSpaces).


Featured Contributors
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Kara Andrade

Co-Founder, HablaCentro
@newmaya | Kara Andrade is an Ashoka Fellow working in Central America coordinating HablaCentro, LLC and Not for Profit. The nonprofit develops curriculum, tools and strategies to help people in Latin America become more digitally literate and civically engaged; conducts trainings in the use of digital tools to create more informed citizens; and connects collaborators to opportunities so they can sustain themselves economically through... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Newseum 7th Floor Networking Lounge 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

3:00pm

Systems Thinking for Changemakers

Archimedes, one of the earliest systems thinkers, famously promised, “give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” In their passion for change, leaders and changemakers are constantly searching for that long lever and leverage point, deeply aware that addressing system complexity often marks the difference between success and failure. We may be searching for creative leverage points that yield new results within existing systems, or we may be engaged in ambitious efforts to re-engineer entire systems. Our work with systems often relies only on our intuition, a capacity that tends to fail more frequently in the face of mounting complexity. The rigorous study of systems promises to bring critical system elements into strategic sharp relief, thereby offering the potential for breakthrough strategies and innovations. This workshop will introduce the theory and practice of Systems Thinking, helping participants explore its relevance to changemaking. Participants will practice using its tools applied to current work settings and ongoing projects. The specific tools and concepts considered will include stocks, flows, links, and balancing and reinforcing dynamics. The long lever and its mysterious fulcrum await you. Take hold and move the world.


Featured Contributors
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David Castro

President and CEO, I-LEAD, Inc.
@thedavidcastro | | Ashoka Fellow David Castro founded the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement & Development (I-LEAD) to help challenged communities realize their full potential by identifying grassroots leaders and preparing them to be agents of change. Castro’s overarching goal is to expand post-secondary educational opportunities to low-income communities. Castro created I-LEAD to serve community-based leaders... Read More →
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Elizabeth Sawin

Co-Director, Climate Interactive
@bethsawin | Beth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive. She is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker whose work for the past fifteen years has combined analysis with coaching, teaching and communication approaches that help people transform systems towards sustainability. Beth leads Climate Interactive’s engagement with the climate science and policy communities – for instance she contributed as a co-lead author of... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

3:00pm

The Alchemy of Leadership

As leaders, we are expected to hold the whole: the vision, the strategies, the needs of those we serve, our finances, our Board, our employees. We often feel no one else can share that burden, that if not for our presence, everything would fall apart or even stop altogether. We are indispensable and afraid all at the same time. This view of ourselves is one of the greatest obstacles to the growth of our impact. How do we let go of this fear that if we stop, the work will stop? How do we become a leader that enables other leaders? How do we attract a network of trusted people who can carry our work forward, or even, accelerate it? In this session, we will explore how our own personal space mirrors the structure of our work and the tools available to transform both.


Featured Contributors
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Kemp Battle

President, Battle Consulting
Kemp Battle is the Managing Director at Tucker Capital Corporation. With extensive strategic advisory and investment banking experience serving media and publishing companies, Kemp has also developed a particular expertise working with for-profit companies in developing mission focus, as well as with not-for-profit companies determined to acquire greater business discipline. He has been a key architect in the launch of new strategic... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Newseum Room 702 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

5:30pm

Celebration Reception
Thursday May 30, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

6:30pm

Celebration Program: Everyone a Changemaker

We will celebrate the most recently elected Ashoka Fellows and their outstanding innovations. In addition, we will host the Banking on Youth Pitch CompetitionSix young changemaker finalists will pitch their ideas for a social venture. Your vote helps a team win the Audience Choice award of $5,000. 


Featured Contributors
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Eboo Patel

Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core
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Jourdan Urbach

National Director, Jefferson Awards for Public Service
@JourdanUrbach | Jourdan Urbach is an award-winning musician and social entrepreneur, currently serving as National Director for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, and Goodwill Ambassador to the UN Arts for Peace Council. Jourdan now resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.In 1998, Jourdan founded his first non-profit, Children Helping Children to leverage his early music success to raise funds for children stricken with neurological illnesses. To... Read More →

Ashoka Fellows
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Ai-jen Poo

Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
@aijenpoo | Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on... Read More →
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Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
@abernadotte | Alex Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. She has more than 15 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner... Read More →
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Catherine Rohr

Founder and CEO, Defy Ventures
Catherine Rohr started Defy two years ago after founding and leading the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a nonprofit organization that serves men throughout the Texas prison system. Under Catherine’s leadership, PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results, including 600 graduates, a return-to-prison rate of less than 5% (compared to the national average of 50%), and an employment rate of 98%. In her six-year career in... Read More →
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Dana Mortenson

Co-Founder & Executive Director, World Savvy
@DLCMSavvy | Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion –reaching more than... Read More →
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David Lubell

Executive Director/ Founder, Welcoming America
@WelcomingUSA | David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009. Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative working to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. Welcoming America is currently supporting initiatives in 20 states, and is the only... Read More →
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Ellen Moir

CEO, New Teacher Center
Ellen Moir is Chief Executive Officer of the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for our nation’s newest teachers and for the students they teach.Ellen founded NTC in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience. NTC strengthens school... Read More →
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Eric Glustrom

President, Educate!
@educateorg | Eric Glustrom is the founder of University x and Educate!, two organizations spreading mentorship-driven leadership and entrepreneurship education throughout Uganda, the US and beyond through open-source replication. Educate! (based in Uganda) and University x (based in the US) selects students with promising ideas to solve complex global challenges then provides the mentorship, training and networks to help advance their... Read More →
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Fletcher Harper

Executive Director, GreenFaith
@revfharper | Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest, is Executive Director of GreenFaith, a national interfaith environmental coalition. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he has developed a range of innovative programs to make GreenFaith a leader in the fast-growing religious-environmental movement. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, Harper served as a... Read More →
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George Roter

CEO and Co-Founder, Engineers Without Borders Canada
@geroter | George is the co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders (Canada). He and Parker Mitchell founded the Canadian organization in 2000. Roter received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and left part-way through his master's degree to focus full-time on Engineers Without Borders.
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Jason McLennan

CEO, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world.McLennan serves as the CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading... Read More →
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Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders... Read More →
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Jose Quinonez

Executive Director, Mission Asset Fund
@mafpajarito | José is Mission Asset Fund’s (MAF) founding Executive Director. MAF is an award-winning nonprofit organization that integrates financially excluded low-income and immigrant communities into the financial mainstream by offering innovative and culturally relevant financial programs, products, and services. Most recently, Jose was selected to Chair the Consumer Advisory Board of the CFPB; awarded the 2012 American... Read More →
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Josh Nesbit

CEO, Medic Mobile
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Katherine Freund

President & Executive Director, ITNAmerica
@itnamerica | Katherine Freund is the founder of the Independent Transportation Network®(ITN), and founder and President of ITNAmerica®. Katherine has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She Chaired the Task Force to Study the Safe Mobility of Maine’s Aging Population, served... Read More →
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Katherine Lucey

CEO, Solar Sister
@Solar_Sister | Katherine Lucey is Founder and CEO of Solar Sister, an award winning social enterprise eradicating energy poverty through the power of women’s enterprise. Prior to Solar Sister, Katherine enjoyed a successful 20-year career on Wall Street specializing in structured finance. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and a of graduate of Santa Clara University’s Global Social Business Incubator.
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Kendis Paris

Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking
Kendis Paris is the executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. She’s been involved in fighting human trafficking since 2008, when, as one of her initial efforts, she co-coordinated a national Human Trafficking Awareness Conference in Denver, Colorado. Recently, she... Read More →
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Louise Langheier

CEO, Co-Founder, Peer Health Exchange
Louise serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Since 2003, PHE has trained 5,000 college student volunteers to reach 57,000 high school students across five... Read More →
avatar for Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien

CEO, iMentor
@MOB00 | Mike O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer of iMentor. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor partners with high schools and provides every student in the school with a mentor. Students and mentors work one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college... Read More →
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Michelle Hedlund

Founder, Recycle Across America
@RecycleAcrossAm | Mitch has over 20 years experience in marketing, communications and branding, serving Fortune 500 companies, as well as serving small to midsized companies. In fact, she has relied heavily on those communications and branding disciplines to develop the society-wide standardized labeling system for recycling bins – Recycle Across America. Mitch has proven to be an effective entrepreneur and businessperson by being able... Read More →
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Norman Atkins

President, Relay Graduate School of Education
@norman_atkins | Norman Atkins is the Co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education (formerly known as Teacher U), a path-breaking new institution of higher education designed to train and develop public school teachers, initially in New York and New Jersey. Atkins is also the Founder, Board Chair, and former CEO of Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization recognized for starting and operating among the... Read More →
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Philipp Schmidt

Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)
@schmidtphi | German born education activist. Cofounded Peer 2 Peer University and OpenCourseWare Consortium. Currently based at the MIT Media Lab as a Director's fellow.
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Robert Master

CEO, Commonwealth Care Alliance
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Rushika Fernandopulle

CEO, Iora Health
@rushika1 | Rushika Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a healthcare services firm based in Cambridge MA whose mission is to build a radically new model of primary care to improve quality and service and reduce overall expenditures. In 2012 he was named an Ashoka Global Fellow, and is also a member of the Albert Schweitzer and Salzburg Global Fellowships. Before Iora Health, he was the first... Read More →
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Sarah Hemminger

Chief Executive Officer, Incentive Mentoring Program
Sarah Hemminger co-founded the Incentive Mentoring Program with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has nine years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models that build non-traditional, intentional families to radically reconfigure an adolescent’s social support structure. Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in... Read More →
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Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers Unite
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Sascha Meinrath

Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
@saschameinrath | Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars... Read More →
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Sasha Chanoff

Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint
@SashaChanoff | Sasha Chanoff is the founder of RefugePoint, an organization that works to provide lasting solutions for the world's most vulnerable refugees. Prior to founding RefugePoint, Sasha consulted with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with the International Organization for Migration throughout Africa, identifying refugees in danger, undertaking rescue missions, and working on refugee... Read More →
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Scott Hartl

President & CEO, Expeditionary Learning
Scott Hartl is President/ CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL). EL partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools, pre-K-12, in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. EL’s model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater school engagement. EL is developing the state-wide Common... Read More →
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Seth Flaxman

Executive Director, TurboVote
Seth co-founded TurboVote while receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he founded CFR's annual capture the flag game), a program administrator at the Institute for International Education, and a berktern at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While earning a BA in economics at Columbia University, Seth... Read More →
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Stacey Epperson

President & CEO, Next Step Network
@staceyepperson | Stacey Epperson, President & CEO of the Next Step® Network, is a native of rural Kentucky and has worked in affordable housing throughout her entire career. In 2010, she assumed leadership of Next Step, a social venture that mobilizes a national network of nonprofits to provide energy-efficient, affordable housing solutions tailored to the needs of their communities. Next Step’s partnership with Clayton Homes and... Read More →
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Will Byrne

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell
@will_byrne | As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Will oversees the strategy and management of Groundswell. Under his leadership, Groundswell has grown into one of the most innovative social sector organizations in the United States’ emerging clean energy economy.In 2012, he was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship network. In addition, Forbes magazine named... Read More →
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Zoe Finch Totten

CEO, The Full Yield, Inc.
@thefullyield | Founder and CEO of The Full Yield, Inc., Ashoka Fellow, Yale-trained midwife, member of PAPSAC, advisor to Feeding 10 Billion.


Thursday May 30, 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Newseum 7th Floor 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

8:00pm

Celebration Dinner

Thursday May 30, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
 
Friday, May 31
 

7:30am

Registration & Breakfast
Friday May 31, 2013 7:30am - 8:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

8:30am

Opening Plenary: Tomorrow's Media

For much of the last century, journalists have uncovered facts and rooted out truth, but they have intentionally distanced themselves from whatever happened as a result. Today, news organizations and journalists are wrestling with the limitations of that historic function — and with the emergence of a new role. Do they meet their obligation to society simply by exposing what’s wrong, or should they also investigate potential solutions? Do publishers create value just by connecting readers to the news, or more by providing pathways to civic engagement? How should the press consider its social impact – to the extent it should at all?


Featured Contributors
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Roberta Baskin

Director, Media Communications, Office of Inspector General, HHS
Veteran investigative journalist Roberta Baskin joined the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services as Senior Communications Advisor. In her new position, Roberta finds creative ways to make the crackdown on health care fraud, waste, and abuse more transparent to the public. During her 30 years of reporting and producing, Roberta won more than 75 journalism prizes, including three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism... Read More →
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David Bornstein

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of... Read More →
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June Cohen

Executive Producer, TED Media, TED
As Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen was responsible for bringing the TED Conference online, ultimately growing its audience from 1000 attendees per year to more than 1 million viewers per day. In 2006, she launched TEDTalks, the online video series, followed by TED.com (2007) and the TED Open Translation Project (2009). TEDTalks have now been viewed over 1 billion times worldwide. Cohen also co-produces and co-hosts the TED... Read More →
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Jonathan Wells

Managing Publisher, The Christian Science Monitor
Jonathan Wells joined The Christian Science Monitor in 1998 as the director of business development and electronic publishing. This position provided creative leadership to the business side of the Monitor’s website, as well as to advertising sales for the newspaper. The position also played a key role in development of new business models and market positioning for the Monitor in all its forms. In 2005, Jonathan was appointed managing... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

9:45am

Coffee Break
Friday May 31, 2013 9:45am - 10:00am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Building Changemaker Teams: Activate Empathy at Work

Innovative leaders increasingly see empathy as a critical skill, allowing people and teams to effectively spot and advance ideas that are invisible in traditional hierarchies. From janitor to CEO, empathy enables all to engage with the vision in fundamentally new ways and work across limiting silos to imagine and realize creative solutions. At a time when organizations form and dissolve more rapidly than ever, nimble, trust-enabled cultures - even in large companies and organizations – are critical to problemsolving, idea-generation, and continuous learning. Explore the link between empathy and leadership, innovation, and overall performance, and discover social entrepreneur-led solutions that can help you transform your team.


Featured Contributors
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Jackie Acho

President, The Acho Group
Jackie is President of The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm. Prior to founding The Acho Group in 2005, she was a Partner in the Midwest Complex of McKinsey & Company. She has worked for technology, industrial, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus on growth and innovation, strategy, and leadership development for more than 18 years. Jackie received her master's... Read More →
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Molly Barker

Space-Maker and Founder, Girls on the Run International
Molly Barker, MSW, founded Girls on the Run in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, she used her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the program. Today, there are Girls on the Run councils in over 190 cities across North America serving over 150,000 girls and women each year.
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Adam Grant

Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. He has been recognized as Wharton’s single-highest-rated teacher, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, and a professional magician. Adam is the author of the New York Times and Wall... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Financial Innovations: Social Impact Bonds and Beyond

When a person is kept out of jail, society saves money. Society also benefits from his economic productivity, from his volunteer efforts, from his parenting his children. How do we begin to value these positive externalities and recognize the complex long-term effects of our work? The world is moving from double and triple bottom lines to a single bottom line of human well-being. The past few years have seen tremendous innovation in how social change efforts are financed from crowdfunding to social impact bonds to a growing range of debt and equity structures. Foundations and investors are partnering with social innovators to explore new models of support. In this session, we will wrestle with questions of how to appropriately value the positive externalities, discuss different financial models for different stages of a social venture and explore the range of exciting financial innovations emerging.


Featured Contributors
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David Bank

CEO and Editor, Impact IQ Inc.
David Bank is a journalist, entrepreneur and editor and CEO of Impact IQ Inc. The theme “catalyzing capital” runs through David’s work, from The Wall Street Journal, through Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures), which mobilizes talent for social innovation, to Impact IQ, providing deals, data and intelligence for impact investors. At the WSJ, David covered software, the Internet and Microsoft and launched the national... Read More →
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Asad Mahmood

Managing Director, Globial Social Investment Funds, Deutsche Bank
Asad Mahmood, Managing Director, is responsible for more than half a billion loan and investment portfolio which seeks both financial and social returns. He is also responsible for Deutsche Bank’s microfinance / social investment efforts globally which comprise more than 100 relationships in 42 countries. Mr. Mahmood is the central force in creating the microfinance and social investing platform for Deutsche Bank and has been a leading... Read More →
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Clara Miller

President, The F.B. Heron Foundation
Clara Miller is President of The F. B. Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Prior to assuming the Foundation’s presidency, Miller was President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund which she founded and ran from 1984 through 2010. Miller was named to The NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50” for the five years from 2006 through 2010. She was awarded a Bellagio Residency in 2010 by The... Read More →
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Steve Rothschild

Founder and Chair, Twin Cities RISE! and Invest in Outcomes
Steve Rothschild is a social entrepreneur, businessman, and author. He is the founder and board chair of Twin Cities RISE! an award winning , anti-poverty program for adults living in generational poverty. He also founded Invest in Outcomes, which developed the Human Capital Performance Bond (HUCAP), a new financial instrument to fund human services being piloted in Minnesota. Steve is an Ashoka Fellow. Earlier Rothschild launched Yoplait U.S... Read More →
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Jason Trimiew

Managing Director, REDF
Jason Trimiew is a Managing Director at REDF. Jason developed and leads REDF’s new strategy to grow social enterprises in California and nationally through the channels of business development and community, corporate, philanthropic and government partnerships. Jason joined REDF in 2007 as the organization’s first Development Director and helped REDF secure more than $20 million in new private and public investments over a five-year... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 702 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

New Media: Toolkit for an Engaged World

Media has broken through its traditional boundaries to occupy nearly every facet of our lives, our communities, and our sense of the world. Social and mobile media are disrupting mass broadcast, forging new networks and narratives with a profound impact on journalism. How do
we reimagine the roles of audience, journalist, and media enterprise in this new reality? What innovations are driving citizen engagement in the networked world? What are the future business models that can sustain media that matters? This will be a participatory discussion that builds on the morning’s plenary session, “Tomorrow’s Media.” First we’ll hear from leading media innovators, then open up a conversation on questions such as: Who decides what’s news, and how? How are citizens best engaged around news? What skills must tomorrow’s journalists master? What media skills must citizens have? Where is the line for media between activation and advocacy?


Featured Contributors
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Kara Andrade

Co-Founder, HablaCentro
@newmaya | Kara Andrade is an Ashoka Fellow working in Central America coordinating HablaCentro, LLC and Not for Profit. The nonprofit develops curriculum, tools and strategies to help people in Latin America become more digitally literate and civically engaged; conducts trainings in the use of digital tools to create more informed citizens; and connects collaborators to opportunities so they can sustain themselves economically through... Read More →
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David Bornstein

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of... Read More →
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Nicholas Reville

Executive Director, PCF
Nicholas Reville is Executive Director of the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF). He is from Worcester, MA and has a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University. He worked in a variety of political activism positions for several years before co-founding PCF. He is an Ashoka Fellow.
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Jake Shapiro

CEO, PRX Public Radio Exchange
Jake Shapiro (@jakeshapiro) is founding CEO of PRX - an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to harness technology to bring significant stories to millions of people. Since its launch in 2003 PRX has been a leader and innovator in public media: pioneering distribution models, developing signature shows, and creating cutting-edge mobile apps. In 2012 Jake helped found Matter Ventures – a for-profit startup accelerator for... Read More →
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Sasa Vucinic

CEO, IndieVoices
@salaja | | Sasa Vucinic is co-founder and Managing Director of Media Development Loan Fund. MDLF is a social investment fund for independent news outlets in the developing world. It provides low cost capital, new technology solutions and management knowhow to assist journalists in challenging environments in building sustainable businesses around professional, responsible, quality journalism. MDLF was founded in 1995 and has provided... Read More →
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Jonathan Wells

Managing Publisher, The Christian Science Monitor
Jonathan Wells joined The Christian Science Monitor in 1998 as the director of business development and electronic publishing. This position provided creative leadership to the business side of the Monitor’s website, as well as to advertising sales for the newspaper. The position also played a key role in development of new business models and market positioning for the Monitor in all its forms. In 2005, Jonathan was appointed managing... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Rewiring Your City

Many of the systems that Americans utilize every day were designed as long as a century ago. Municipal boundaries, the electrical grid, transportation systems, voting methods, and various other manmade systems have served us well for a time, but not without some degree of obsolescence and manipulation. From education to government, innovative leaders are building new networks that link and reconfigure outmoded systems of thought and organizational structures that accommodate progressive thinking to move our cities forward. Rewiring Your City will focus on projects that prove there are more efficient ways to live, work, and make a difference.


Featured Contributors
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Will Byrne

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell
@will_byrne | As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Will oversees the strategy and management of Groundswell. Under his leadership, Groundswell has grown into one of the most innovative social sector organizations in the United States’ emerging clean energy economy.In 2012, he was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship network. In addition, Forbes magazine named... Read More →
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Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders... Read More →
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Eve Picker

President & CEO, cityLab, inc.
Eve Picker’s world is wrapped around cities and change. Her background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher and instigator, gives her a rich understanding of how cities work, how urban neighborhoods can be revitalized, what policies are needed to do it, and the unique marketing that creates the buzz needed for regeneration. With cityLAB, her first non-profit... Read More →



Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

10:00am

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs Partnering for Significant Social Impact

Philanthropy and social innovation are two sides of the same coin. Social innovators cannot achieve significant social impact without the financial capital to support their ideas. Philanthropists cannot achieve significant social impact without the vision and creativity of a social entrepreneur. The most successful social ventures are those where social innovators and philanthropists are true partners united around a common mission and vision. But, how do you create that perfect partnership? This session will be a frank discussion among individual philanthropists, foundation leaders, and social entrepreneurs about the impact they seek, how they measure success, and lessons they have learned from past partnerships.


Featured Contributors
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Elizabeth Christopherson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita Allen Foundation
Elizabeth Good Christopherson is President, CEO and Director at the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. She is guiding the foundation through a period of rapid expansion and an entrance into new funding areas, including civic literacy and engagement, community building, and leadership in science and... Read More →
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Rose Kirk

President, Verizon Foundation
Ms. Rose M. Stuckey Kirk has been the President of Verizon Foundation at Verizon Communications Inc. since January 2011. Ms. Kirk served as a Vice President of Public Relations for Corporate Reputation at Verizon Communications Inc. since June 2010. Ms. Kirk served as a Vice President of Enterprise & Government Sales Operations at Cellco Partnership, Inc. She served as Vice President of National Enterprise Sales and Distribution of... Read More →
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Talia Leman

CEO & Founder, RandomKid
Talia is in the business of bringing people together. Talia understood the power of numbers after her first foray into philanthropy. By rallying youth from 4,000 United States school districts through her networking, Talia unified their fundraising efforts and managed to raise considerable funds for the Katrina/Rita Hurricane relief. Riding the momentum of this successful endeavor, Talia founded her non-profit organization RandomKid, which brings... Read More →
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Jennifer McCrea

Founder, Exponential Fundraising
Jennifer McCrea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and the founder of Exponential Fundraising (www.jennifermccrea.com). For the past 25 years, she has partnered with philanthropists, board members and nonprofit leaders to think more creatively and collaboratively about ways in which to align strategic direction and resources to address some of the most profound needs on the planet... Read More →
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Jeffrey C. Walker

Philanthropist
Active board member, consultant and advisor to non-profit institutions and social enterprises, Jeff Walker currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance, the Miller Center and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School. He is also President of 15 Central Park West. Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

11:00am

Coffee Break
Friday May 31, 2013 11:00am - 11:15am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

11:15am

Closing Plenary: Leadership for Tomorrow's Organizations

Tomorrow’s organizations require different talent and a new kind of leadership. What are the essential skills and values for effective leadership? Leaders of diverse institutions (education, business, social) will share their perspectives and innovations in leading organizations that meet tomorrow’s challenges.


Featured Contributors
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Adam Bryant

"Corner Office" Columnist , The New York Times
Adam Bryant conducts interviews with CEOs for Corner Office, a feature about leadership and management in The New York Times and on nytimes.com that he started in March 2009. It appears twice weekly, on Friday and Sunday. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller “The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed,” which draws out broader lessons from his interviews. His second book, about... Read More →
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Bill Drayton

CEO and Chair, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Mr. Drayton is the Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!, and previously served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency... Read More →
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Susan Peters

Vice President - Executive Development, General Electric Company
Susan Peters is responsible for talent identification, leadership development, training, performance management, and succession planning for all GE executives worldwide. She joined GE in 1979 in the human resource management program during which she had assignments in Louisville, Kentucky and Columbia, Maryland. She later held union relations and HR leadership roles in several GE businesses. As an HR executive at GE, she worked in Bergen Op... Read More →
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Leonard Schlesinger

President, Babson College
| | Leonard A. Schlesinger became the 12th president of Babson College on July 1, 2008--bringing to the College a blend of leadership experience in academia and industry, particularly in the retail and service sectors. He came to Babson from Limited Brands, based in Columbus, Ohio, where he served in executive positions from 1999–2007, most recently as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. His academic career includes twenty years... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001