Here's a treat for those who enjoy the TED series of inspiring videos and are equally impressed with Ashoka's continued global leadership on social enterprise.  They have come together to offer an amazing conference over the web.

On Friday February 25th 1:00 pm PST (4:00 EST;  ) there will be free live streaming of the TEDxAshokaU event.  The conference takes place physically at Duke University in North Carolina but you can log in wherever you live.  The event is four hours long and features 20 impressive speakers.  Some of the speakers include: Maya Ajmera, the founder and president of The Global Fund for Children (GFC); Iman Bibars whose essay from Egypt during the uprising I recently posted ; Derek Ellerman – combating human trafficking and modern day slavery; Paul Rice founder of Fair Trade – leading certifier of fair trade in US.  Click here for the full list.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

Ashoka is the largest association of social entrepreneurs in the world – men and women with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since its founding in 1980, Ashoka has provided start‑up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network of more than 2,500 leading social entrepreneurs – elected as Ashoka Fellows – in 70 countries (including me in Canada!)

Ashoka U is the university division of Ashoka. Since co-founding the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship in 2005, Ashoka U has been at the forefront of the academic field of social entrepreneurship. Ashoka U supports Ashoka’s vision of an “everyone a changemaker world” by working with colleges and universities to foster an enabling environment where every individual has access to the resources, learning opportunities, role models, and peer communities needed to actualize their full potential as changemakers.

Ashoka U is Ashoka's strategy to drive global change into and through universities.  Another example of the levers and buttons they get their hands on to enable everyone to become a Changemaker.

If you can't make it live, bookmark the site and come back to it at your leisure.

Come together – Yeah! (Thanks Beatles)

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