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Friday, April 1, 2011

Clouds, Crowds And Social Change

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Session Description

Innovations in mobile, social networking, cloud computing and open source offer tremendous promise toward bridging the people, institutions, information and efforts required for significant change. At the same time,critical challenges emerge as applications proliferate and sometimes clash in real-world efforts to make a difference. Join this session of experts and innovators as they discuss real world experiences in leveraging these technologies for social benefit.


When | Where

11:00 - 12:30 Friday, April 1

Session leaders

  • General Manager, Participant TAG, Participant Media
    Christopher Gebhardt joined Participant Media in September 2008 to lead the start up of Participant’s digital division, the hub of which is In 2013 created TAG, a new division of Participant offering cause marketing, creative and consulting services to brands and foundations. Prior to joining Participant, Chris was with Ogilvy, Pepsi, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and also launched several media, digital, and consulting ventures.
  • Kevin Starr Speaker
    Managing Director, Mulago Foundation
    Kevin Starr directs the Foundation and the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, both of which are focused on scalable solutions to meet the basic needs of the very poor. Kevin had a perfectly good career in medicine when he stumbled into philanthropy in 1994. His friend and mentor Rainer Arnhold died suddenly when they were working together in Bolivia, and the Arnhold family asked Kevin to help carry on Rainer's work through the Mulago Foundation. He spent the next decade working with projects from Afghanistan to Zambia, trying to figure out what makes for real impact at big scale. Kevin established the Foundation's Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program in 2003 to apply Mulago's principles and tools to help social entrepreneurs turn good ideas into lasting change at scale. The program gives fellows a chance to design for impact that can go big. Kevin teaches and mentors fellows in numerous other programs for social entrepreneurs and serves as the chairman of Big Bang Philanthropy, a group of funders working together to direct more money to those best at fighting poverty. Kevin went through medical school and residency at UC San Francisco and has lived in SF ever since.
  • Lucy Bernholz Speaker
    President, Blueprint Research Design, Inc.
    Lucy Bernholz is the founder and President of Blueprint Research & Design, Inc., a strategy consulting firm. Bernholz is the publisher of Philanthropy2173, an award winning blog on the business of giving and was named a national Game Changer by The Huffington Post. She is a Fellow at the New American Foundation and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Bernholz is the author of Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. Bernholz has a BA from Yale University and a MA and PhD from Stanford University.
  • Patrick Meier Speaker
    Director of Social Innovation, Qatar Computing Research Institute
    Patrick Meier is an internationally recognised thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response, human rights and civil resistance. He is currently Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. Previously, he served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and previously co-directed Harvard's Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. Patrick holds a PhD from The Fletcher School, a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford and an MA from Columbia University. He was born and raised in Africa.