Friday, January 28, 2011

February 8 Ashoka Twin Cities Solutions Forum

As part of the Change Your City initiative, Ashoka Twin Cities is highlighting another set of changemakers at the February 8 Solutions Forum. If you weren't able to attend the last forum or find the projects described below particularly compelling, read on for more details about the event and registration. To get a better sense of how the Twin Cities is already a hub for for social solutions, learn more about Minnesota's own Fellows on the Ashoka Twin Cities website!
You're invited to an inspiring evening of learning, sharing, and creative thinking around new solutions to advance lasting social change:

Ashoka Twin Cities Solutions Forum
Live Interview with Ashoka Fellows
Conchy Bretos & Felipe Vergara

Join leaders from the private and citizen sectors of the Twin Cities for a one-hour live interview, conducted by media personality Rick Kupchella, with Ashoka Fellows Conchy Bretos and Felipe Vergara. The event is free and will be held at the Walker Art Center on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow. Doors will open at 6:30p.m.
  • Conchy Bretos developed MIA Consulting, an initiative for more autonomous elderly care, working with policy and public housing buildings so low-income and disabled elderly won’t be forced into nursing homes against their will.

  • Recognizing the need for an efficient system to finance higher education, Felipe Vergara created Lumni and is introducing human capital contracts—a new set of financial products—to draw private capital toward the high education sector.
Ashoka is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs - men and women with system-changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. In the Twin Cities, Ashoka is creating a model chapter that engages business entrepreneurs in social innovation, inspires the public to be active changemakers, and positions the Twin Cities as a hub for social solutions.

The Solutions Forum is co-sponsored by InCommons, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, and Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP.

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