Changemakers’ Night: Passion for Progress
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Join us for an evening of innovative ideas featuring three social entrepreneurs - Matt Flannery, co-founder of KIVA; Craig Kielburger of Free the Children and Me to We; and Playworks founder Jill Vialet - and their stories of how their bold action made a difference.
Matt Flannery: ALLEVIATING POVERTY - Learn how Kiva built a citizen-based movement of micro-lenders to alleviate poverty. $345 million strong and growing!
Craig Kielburger: EMPOWERING YOUTH - Discover how young people inspired other youth and brought unprecedented attention to the global abuse of children’s rights through education and innovative social enterprise.
Jill Vialet: REVIVING HEALTHY PLAY - Explore how providing healthy, inclusive recess and play to low-income students has transformed achievement in the classroom.
Copresented with Social Venture Partners Portland and Ashoka in conjunction with Audacious Philanthropy, Social Venture Partners' annual conference, held in Portland, November 8-10 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.
Co-founder of Kiva
Kiva is a nonprofit with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world that empowers people around the world to change their lives with a $25 loan. Matt began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005 Matt left his job to devote himself to Kiva full-time. As CEO, Matt has led Kiva's growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and hundreds of millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. Matt is Skoll Awardee and Ashoka Fellow and was selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list in 2009. In 2011, Matt was chosen for the The Economist “No Boundaries” Innovation Award. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University.
Co-founder, Free the Children and Me to We
At 12 years of age, Craig Kielburger co-founded Free The Children in 1995, an organization delivering innovative programming to more than 4,000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom - the world’s largest network of children helping children through education. Today, he remains a passionate full-time volunteer for the organization, now an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.Every year, Craig and his brother Marc Kielburger organize We Day, Free The Children’s signature domestic event that reaches 90,000 students from 3,000 schools in person and more than 5.4 million through televised broadcasts. We Day has over two million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world. Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We. An innovative social enterprise, Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, a speakers’ bureau, and books that address issues of positive social change. In addition, half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.
Founder and CEO of Playworks
Playworks is the only organization in the country that provides trained, full-time program coordinators, called “coachesJill Vialet,” to low-income schools in major urban areas to focus on recess and play to support learning. Playworks brought play and physical activity to more than 130,000 children in 300 schools in 23 US cities in the 2011-12 school year. Jill was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2004 and was named to the Forbes Impact 30 as one of the 30 leading social entrepreneurs worldwide. She was also recognized by the Womens’ Sports Foundation’s 40 for 40 list of women who have made a significant impact on society after playing sports in high school or college during the 40 years of the Title IX era.
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