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Wednesday, May 13
 

1:00pm

Registration
Wednesday May 13, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

1:30pm

Workshop: Design for Purpose
Limited Capacity seats available

Our impact in the world is fueled by purpose. How might we redesign the work environment to embody one's unique sense of purpose and trigger behavior that amplifies it? Join the creators of Stanford d.school’s Purpose Learning to tackle this design challenge using advanced design thinking tools and mindsets. Apply deep empathy skills to uncover purpose for your design subject and prototype environments, human systems, language and rituals to bring it to life. Explore the power of environment to create the space (physical, mental and emotional) to trigger new behaviors or reinforce the ones you seek.

Designers:
Jessica Munro 
Coeylen Barry


Wednesday May 13, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

1:30pm

Workshop: Dialog in Silence™
Limited Capacity seats available

Dialog in Silence™ invites visitors into a completely different world, a world of silence. Stripped of the spoken word, other forms of expression are used to communicate and language must be made visible rather than audible in order to be understood. Hearing impaired guides take visitors in small groups through the soundproof exhibition. This creates a role reversal: those with hearing cannot rely on their usual methods of communicating, while those who are hearing impaired, by virtue of their experience with sign language, are more competent and become ambassadors of a world without sound.


Exhibitors
avatar for Dialogue Social Enterprise

Dialogue Social Enterprise

Dialogue Social Enterprise (DSE) is an awareness-raising social franchise, offering exhibitions and trainings in total darkness or in silence, creating jobs for the blind, hearing-impaired, disabled and disadvantaged worldwide.


Wednesday May 13, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

1:30pm

Workshop: Open Space

Join us in the unconference space to connect, share and self-organize with others around your topics of interest. There will also be a space to share in mini Ted talk style what you are currently working on or most passionate about.

This workshop will be run as an adapted version of Open Space. Open Space Technology is a method for encouraging participation, engagement, equality and inclusion. It is a form of ‘crowdsourcing’ which can be used to bring together a company or any group or organisation to focus on a specific topic or question; Open Space allows for participants to co-create the agenda in parallel sessions to take charge of their own experience, learning and solutions in a way that unlocks creativity. Open Space is used as a format for organising compostable conferences, unconferences, meetings, or stakeholder engagement, with maximum efficiency and minimum time and resources.


Facilitator: Simone Poutnik

Examples of Open Space Sessions Include:

Implementing Team of Teams: As the world increases in connectivity and the rate of change accelerates, how will individuals and entities need to organize in order to remain relevant and thrive into the future? Join a discussion about the “team of teams” approach, either to contribute your experience or to better understand how to implement this approach in your organization to overcome complex challenges.

Moderator: David Thompson

Wednesday May 13, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

1:30pm

Workshop: Scaling Trust
Limited Capacity seats available

Scaling Trust: A Real Time Experiential Inquiry

An urgent or extreme enemy or disaster creates indelible bonds among the people affected. Lifelong friendships, based on deep empathy, identification and profound trust, can be forged in a moment’s tragedy. We can develop this capacity to trust without close proximity to tragedy or the exceptional moment.  To meet increasingly complex and dynamic problems in the world (including poverty, climate change, discrimination​, among countless others), we need to create and scale trusted networks from all segments of society. Come create an experience of practice that enables us to focus more on our own trustworthiness than in assessing the trustworthiness of others.  Discover why we feel we cannot accelerate trust and intimacy amongst people we do not know, whose opinions differ from our own.  Accelerate trust with strangers in real time.   Experience a powerful 'we' born of the passion and experience of the WE we create on the spot.   Join this interactive workshop led by Sharon Terry and Kemp Battle, everyday ‘trust’ practitioners.


Wednesday May 13, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

3:30pm

Break
Wednesday May 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

4:00pm

Plenary: Future of Opportunity

We often think of opportunity in terms of what people can receive – a strong education, for example, or satisfying work. But perhaps the greatest gift is the opportunity to give and make a positive contribution to society. This is both a gift that we all deserve and that we all must have if we hope to collectively build toward a better future. Getting to this 'Everyone A Contributor' world will require new thinking about how we educate our youth and what skills we prioritize, and how we organize ourselves as we solve social problems and much more. Join us for this inspiring session and hear from people across generations about how they have been able to contribute, and how they are making sure others can too.

Speakers:
Anousheh Ansari
Bill Drayton
Eric Dawson

Peace First Prize Finalists:
Amit Dodani
Mary-Pat Hector
Babatunde Salaam
Avalon Theisen

Master of Ceremonies:
Dana Mortenson

Wednesday May 13, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

6:00pm

Reception
Wednesday May 13, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.
 
Thursday, May 14
 

7:30am

Registration and Breakfast
Thursday May 14, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

8:30am

Plenary: Future of Work

The Future of Work

Our world, long characterized by efficiency in repetition, is now defined by change. Technology has lowered barriers to participation, making it possible for everyone to access information and to contribute more fully. What does work look like in this context? This session will provide glimpses of the future - a future where understanding the full cost and value of our products is central, where empathy and mindfulness are critical skills, where data drives impact and where work is rooted in a sense of purpose. This session will feature leaders who deeply understand the direction our world is headed and are organizing the world’s leading companies and talent to address this new direction.  ​

Speakers:
Caroline Casey 
Sara Horowitz
Todd Park
Ai-jen Poo


Thursday May 14, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

10:00am

Break
Thursday May 14, 2015 10:00am - 10:15am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

10:15am

Bringing Changemaking To Science: From The Ivory Tower To The Street
Since World War II, most government investments in science followed a model where taxpayer dollars flowed to elite institutions, where science was done. Scientists in turn have become accustomed to working in increasingly small niches, insulated from much of the rest of the world. But the emergence of increasingly cheap and ubiquitous tools for data generation, storage, and analysis, anyone can do the kind of science that’s been the exclusive province of the academy. The scientific method itself isn’t changing, but the way it works in practice is going through massive shifts driven by data. So how do we bring the principles of changemaking to scientists themselves, many of whom have been trained in anti-collaborative practice and are rewarded for keeping to an old set of practices? And how do we find ways to ensure the emerging citizen science movement creates more changemakers rather than mimicking the academy?

Speakers:
Jason Bobe
Shannon Dosemegan
Kaitlin Thaney
John Wilbanks

Thursday May 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

10:15am

Encoding Empathy in Technology
In a world where spray-on skin is helping burn victims, where driverless cars are programmed to make ethical decisions, and nearly anyone can design 3D printed guns or DNA or the Internet, how do we ensure that inventors and users of technology have the ethical fiber and strong empathetic skills needed to build and use technology responsibly? In what ways are companies finding and retaining talent with these critical skills? What are the ways to bake empathy and ethics into the technology? How are we preparing the next generation of inventors and users for a world where technologies with both life-saving and life-taking potential are democratized and in the hands of many?

Speakers:
Nicholas Haan
Margot Hirsch
Rana el Kaliouby 
Sachin Malhan 

Thursday May 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

10:15am

New Talent Architecture
As the pace of the economy is changing, so is the kind of talent and organizational structure that is needed for success.  All organizations must find a way to work as a fluid team of teams, leveraging the skills and talent of all members.  In this session we will talk about:

1) What are the critical skills required in the new work environment?
2) How do you create a structure that allows individuals to thrive and fluid teams to not only operate, but to drive innovation effectively? 
3) How does this new paradigm change the value of experience and of trust and social capital?  How do we better create highly performing intergenerational teams?

Speakers:
Marc Freedman
Leila Janah
Paul Rieckhoff
Bob Spoer

Moderator:
Fernande Raine

Thursday May 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

10:15am

Re-Imagining Learning

In the face of critical and complex challenges, we believe that children and young people need to better develop creativity, imaginative problem-solving, teamwork, empathy, and inspiration so they can step into leadership roles in pursuit of purpose. Playfulness, invention, exploration, imagination, and innovation are skills that allow us to develop creative and critical skills that all children have to master in the current fast paced and changing world. Come and hear from a diverse group of Fellows, partners, and Changemaker Schools on their vision for re-imagining learning, what the future looks like, and how each one of us can contribute to transform the way that our children learn. 


Speakers:
Sarah Wolman
Andreas Heinecke
Andrew Mangino
Ben Powell
Russell Shaw
Terrie Rose 

Thursday May 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

10:15am

Redefining the Expert: The Value of Letting Others Lead
In our efforts to solve complex social problems, why do we so often overlook the contributions and expertise of communities and instead defer to consultants, philanthropists, investors, policymakers – and for that matter, entrepreneurs? Why do we set out to serve ‘clients’ or ‘beneficiaries’ and then fail to listen to them and follow their expertise? Come hear from a group of Ashoka Fellows about how doing so means we often misdiagnose problems and design the wrong solutions. They will challenge our stereotypes about the poor and disadvantaged and will share why their success is determined and measured by the broad participation and contributions of all citizens as changemakers.

Speakers:
Rodney Foxworth
Cristi Hegranes
Sarah Hemminger
Nick Tilsen



Thursday May 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

10:15am

Workshop: Dialog in the Dark™
Limited Capacity seats available

In Dialog in the Dark™ visitors are led by blind guides in small groups through a specially constructed and totally darkened exhibition where sounds, sensations, and textures convey the characteristics of environments such as a park, a city street, or a bar. In the dark, daily routines become new experiences. This creates a role reversal: sighted people are taken out of their familiar environment while the blind and visually impaired guides provide them with security and orientation by showing them a world without pictures which is not poorer, just different. Over 8 million visitors from more than 30 countries have experienced the exhibition, and thousands of blind job seekers have found employment since 1988.


Exhibitors
avatar for Dialogue Social Enterprise

Dialogue Social Enterprise

Dialogue Social Enterprise (DSE) is an awareness-raising social franchise, offering exhibitions and trainings in total darkness or in silence, creating jobs for the blind, hearing-impaired, disabled and disadvantaged worldwide.


Thursday May 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:30am
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

11:30am

Lunch
Thursday May 14, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

1:00pm

Plenary: Future of Impact

For too long, social impact has been synonymous with organizational scale. But that is a limiting approach when it comes to transformative social chan​ge.  What is the difference between growing an institution and growing an idea? Between direct and indirect impact? Come hear from leading entrepreneurs about how they approach achieving large scale social change, and about how they are challenging, inviting and enabling new actors to engage as changemakers.

Speakers: 

David Bornstein
Gary Slutkin 
Jerry White
Rushika Fernandopulle


Thursday May 14, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

2:30pm

Break
Thursday May 14, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

2:45pm

Race: Let's Talk About It
In a society where so many social problems are still defined by race, we are still unable to talk about race in constructive ways. Some people believe they can be "color-blind" while others believe that ignores tremendous opportunities. How do we talk about race without emulsifying it with other forms of inequity? How can we begin to transform the race narrative in the US from one of division to one of opportunity? How can we be changemakers in a racialized system?

Speakers:

Alex Bernadotte
Shaka Senghor 
Trabian Shorters


Thursday May 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

2:45pm

Beyond Youth: Cultivating a Landscape that Empowers Young Changemakers

Today’s world of accelerating change comes with social challenges that will continue to affect the trajectory of young people and our planet. Navigating this complex landscape requires an ‘everyone a changemaker’ ecosystem of empathetic innovators and problem-solvers in all walks of life.  An ‘everyone a changemaker’ world is possible when stakeholders collaborate and promote the four core skills of changemaking: empathy, teamwork, leadership and changemaking. Join Youth Venture’s interactive session to explore how key stakeholders (media, corporations, Ashoka Fellows, schools and parents) are influencing various systems that support young people in becoming changemakers.  


Speakers: 

Bob Chauvin
Amlan Ganguly 
Kristina Gillmeister
Aleta Margolis
Xavier Romani

 

 

 


Thursday May 14, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

2:45pm

Creating Change from Anywhere in the Org Chart
Creating Change from Anywhere in the Org Chart

Gone are the days of the heirarchical organization, where power to make change is concentrated at the top of the pyramid. Teams of teams, flattened org charts, and results-oriented workplaces are creating spaces for intrapreneurs to innovate across business, government, academia and the social sector. Even with these expectations, change from within an existing structure creates complexity and challenges the status quo. How do we create spaces that are ready to innovate and that encourage intrapreneurs to solve problems? How are intrapreneurs navigating the complex systems they are trying to shift? What happens when the CEO isn't supportive?

Speakers:

Carolyne Albert-Garvey
Russ Gong
Michele Kahane
Rosario Londono
George Roter


Thursday May 14, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

2:45pm

If These Walls Could Talk
When social entrepreneurs and philanthropists talk, there are usually two simultaneous conversations: the one we speak out loud and the unspoken one in our heads.  How do we begin to align and be explicit about the various constraints each stakeholder is facing? How do we begin to develop a practice of "trust-based investing" that ensures authentic conversations, accountability for social impact, and closed feedback loops? Join us for a "talk-show" style session where the gloves will come off.

Speakers:

Elizabeth Christopherson 
Pia Infante
Kyle Zimmer
Dennis Whittle 




Thursday May 14, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

2:45pm

Law For All: How to Reclaim the Law in Service of Social Progress

Our world is governed by laws and legal frameworks, and yet too often the law is a barrier to, rather than an instrument for, social progress. For most outside elite circles, lawyers are inaccessible and unaffordable, and laws are perceived as guardians of the status quo. Three new Ashoka Fellows are working in creative ways to empower non-lawyers to navigate legal systems and pull the lever of the law in service of human rights both here and abroad, of a more equitable and sustainable economy, and more. Join a conversation about how we can all reclaim and influence the law in advancing our social change work and ultimately in building a more just future.

Speakers:
Raj Jayadev  
Vivek Maru
Janelle Orsi
Katie Redford 

 


Thursday May 14, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

2:45pm

Workshop: Dialog in the Dark™
Limited Capacity seats available

In Dialog in the Dark™ visitors are led by blind guides in small groups through a specially constructed and totally darkened exhibition where sounds, sensations, and textures convey the characteristics of environments such as a park, a city street, or a bar. In the dark, daily routines become new experiences. This creates a role reversal: sighted people are taken out of their familiar environment while the blind and visually impaired guides provide them with security and orientation by showing them a world without pictures which is not poorer, just different. Over 8 million visitors from more than 30 countries have experienced the exhibition, and thousands of blind job seekers have found employment since 1988.


Exhibitors
avatar for Dialogue Social Enterprise

Dialogue Social Enterprise

Dialogue Social Enterprise (DSE) is an awareness-raising social franchise, offering exhibitions and trainings in total darkness or in silence, creating jobs for the blind, hearing-impaired, disabled and disadvantaged worldwide.


Thursday May 14, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

4:00pm

Break
Thursday May 14, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

4:15pm

Changemaker Cities
Changemaker Cities

Cities are a focal point of our discussion on society of the future.  In this session, we want to share and develop ideas on how to make cities vibrant and effective communities of problemsolvers so that solutions finally outrun the challenges. In particular, we will look at:

1. What is the role of social entrepreneurs in the innovation ecosystem of a city?
2. How do we enable and empower new citizens in all categories--business, youth,    educators -- to be engaged as changemakers?
3. What is the importance of building empathy and changemaking skills?
4. What are exemplary practices of creating new teams of leaders who embrace and collaborate towards a shared vision of a changemaker city?

Speakers:
Lane Becker 
Rosanne Haggerty 
Sascha Haselmeyer
David Lubell

Thursday May 14, 2015 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

4:15pm

From Partnerships to Co-Creation

In our more fluid, interconnected world, addressing major social issues at scale necessitates that we innovate and partner. The ability to collaborate is now a distinct competitive advantage, but our thinking around partnerships needs updating. The business–citizen divide is blurring and your team members will now have to extend beyond your organizational walls. But if we’re entering the era of co-creation, what can we do as a network of entrepreneurs to co-create intentionally and effectively? How can we shift not just our individual practices but the mindsets and structures of much larger institutions? Join us for this interactive dialogue about the end of partnerships and the future of co-creation.


Speakers:
Valeria Budinich
Amy Fry 
Arnaud Mourot 
 

Thursday May 14, 2015 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

4:15pm

Relevant Religion: How Can Faith Communities Lead in a World of Change?

Religion is sometimes perceived as an outdated institution holding on to the past and resisting change, but faith-based changemakers and movements have led society forward in critical ways. And faith communities have persisted through thousands of years of change. What role does religion play in creating solutions for the problems that plague today’s world? What useful examples and organizing principles do faith communities bring to the table in an era of decreasing hierarchy, increasing accessibility of information, ubiquitous technology, rapid innovation, as well as increased religious diversity and global religious tension? What are the opportunities for religion to lead in this era, and how is it redesigning itself to do so?


Speakers:
Morgan Dixon 
Fletcher Harper
Robert Jones
Eboo Patel




Thursday May 14, 2015 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

4:15pm

The Former Audience
More or less since Gutenberg, the media was the message: Pamphleteers, journalists, marketers, and governments controlled the reins of information and decided what news and knowledge to share, when. Then came the Internet, social media, and smartphones, turning the formerly passive abstraction known as the audience into a vibrant throng of bloggers, tweeters, and likers. Now, the old media hegemony is rethinking its role, learning how to engage communities as co-creators and collaborators, and connecting content to action. The result: Better information, heightened citizenship, and a stronger society.

Speakers:
Sharon Chan
Keith Hammonds
Meymo Lyons  
Jake Shapiro
Chuck Peters


Thursday May 14, 2015 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

5:30pm

Reception
Thursday May 14, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

6:30pm

Celebrating Changemakers
Join us to welcome the newest Ashoka US Fellows, watch a Youth Venture showcase, hear from Youth Venturer Eden Full, and make some noise with Dave Wish of Little Kids Rock!

Master of Ceremonies: Eboo Patel

Thursday May 14, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

8:00pm

Celebration Dinner
Thursday May 14, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.