During the week of the Third Annual Symposium, starting on Tuesday, January 21st, we will collaborate with colleagues at Changemakers Community Partnerships at Google to facilitate a new interactive event: leading live discussions with a small number of individuals from all around the world who are pushing the boundaries of social entrepreneurship and education.
The idea is to use the Google Hangout tool to share the good work of top leaders; here’s an example of how the tool works, from a recent interview that our Google colleagues facilitated between Sal Khan (of Khan Academy) and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
In addition to holding a single Google Hangout with each of these leaders (on Tuesday the 21st or Wednesday the 22nd, during an hour that works for them, depending on their current time zone), we plan to bring them all into one live Hangout during the symposium itself, on Friday, January 24th at 11:00 AM EST (that’s 4:00PM GMT) We think it will be a great way to spread the word about approaches that are working on large scales.
The educational innovators joining us are:
Lawrence Chickering, Founder and President, and Anjula Tyagi, Executive Director of Educate Girls Globally. Educate Girls Globally aims to provide opportunities for women and girls to achieve their full potential, recognizing that educated women are the world’s most powerful agents of social change.
James Whelton, Cofounder of CoderDojo, an open source, volunteer-led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people.
Mike O’Brien, CEO of iMentor, which builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.
Urvashi Sahni, Founder and Chief Executive at the Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF). Founded in 1994, SHEF’s mission is to impart quality education to children in India by establishing high quality primary, secondary and higher secondary schools in rural and urban areas. Sahni is also involved with The Digital Study Hall.
Angelica Towne ’08, Cofounder and Country Director of Educate! Educate! delivers to 16-20 year old youth within Ugandan schools a practical and relevant model of education, comprised of a leadership and entrepreneurship course, interactive teaching, intensive mentorship, experience starting an enterprise, and access to out of school networks and resources.
Faith Abiodun, Communications Associate at the African Leadership Academy (ALA). ALA seeks to enable lasting peace and prosperity in Africa by developing and connecting the continent’s future leaders. They believe that by identifying young leaders with immense potential, enabling them to practice leadership, and connecting them with transformative opportunities, we can develop and empower the next Nelson Mandela, the next Wangari Maathai, and Africa’s Jonas Salk and Steve Jobs.