Highlights from Ashoka U #Exchange2014

March 6, 2014
Brett Anders '15 leads a closing panel of Ashoka U university presidents.

On February 20-22, we were proud to host the Ashoka U Exchange at Brown, the world’s largest convening for social entrepreneurship education. The Exchange brought together 650 individuals from 150 institutions and 40 countries to share action-oriented best practices on how to foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.

Watch a 3-minute highlight video below from the 2014 Ashoka U Exchange. See a full listing of videos from the Exchange.

Director of Social Entrepreneurship Alan Harlam gave a keynote at the Exchange, Re-Centering Higher Education, sharing success stories from the key components that allow Brown students to pursue their passions.

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Thursday, February 20th

Welcome to the Ashoka U Exchange and Setting the Stage for The New Scholar

There is a set of converging forces in higher education and social innovation that is leading to massive growth and opportunity. What is your role in shaping relevant and impactful institutions of higher learning? How can you leverage the power of this fast-growing global movement? How can you ensure the long-term viability of social innovation in higher education by what you choose to focus on and do now? Join us as we kick off the Exchange with an exploration of what it means to be a New Scholar. 


  • Beeta Ansari, Exchange Director, Ashoka U
  • Marina Kim, Executive Director, Ashoka U
  • Roger Nozaki, Associate Dean of the College for Community and Global Engagement; Director of Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University

The University & Community: Creating and Nurturing a Collaborative Ecosystem 

Universities are tasked with educating the next generation of leaders. Yet as our world grows more and more connected, the roles and responsibilities of the university are also expanding. In this panel, we will examine the relationship between the university and the community, with government, employers, and other partners, to offer a vision for a more integrated ecosystem.


  • Angel Taveras, Mayor, Providence
  • Christina Paxson, President, Brown University
  • Diana Wells, President, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council

Friday, February 21st

The Future of Higher Education: Announcing the Winners of Ashoka U -- Cordes Innovation Awards


  • Ron Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation
  • Lizzie Pollock, Assistant Director of Social Entrepreneurship
  • MJ Kaplan, Adjunct Professor, Brown University
  • Linda Kay Klein, Director, Work on Purpose, Echoing Green
  • Ramon Marmolejos, Executive Director, Emzingo Group
  • Janet Moore, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Mike Weikert, Founding Director, MA in Social Design & Center for Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
  • Jessica Holmes, Director of MiddCORE; AssociateProfessor of Economics, Middlebury College
  • Matthew T.A. Nash, Managing Director, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative; Center Director, Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator
  • Diana Wells, President, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Tomorrow’s Talent:

Saturday, February 22nd

Presidents Panel: The University as Local and Global Agent of Change


  • Kirsten McElgunn, Western Union
  • Brett Anders, Student '15, Brown University
  • Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic
  • Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
  • Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton
  • Michele Leaman, Changemaker Campus Director, Ashoka U
  • Ryerson University
  • Universidad de Monterrey