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Thursday, May 30


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... Read More →

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


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

Innovation Specialist, Counterpart
Kara is the Innovation Specialist for Counterpart International's Innovation for Change Initiative which supports and starts-up regional innovation hubs in 6 regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia and... Read More →

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


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... 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... Read More →

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


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... Read More →

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